|BMW M2 coupe / Korea Times photo by Jhoo Dong-chan|
By Jhoo Dong-chan
BMW M, the German luxury carmaker’s racing performance affiliate, has been at the center of an endless debate about its performance and technologies compared to its long-time rival, Mercedes-Benz AMG.
BMW M’s latest M2 small coupe was offered for a test drive for two days. This reporter drove at 100 kilometers per hour in-city as well as at three track sessions at the Inje Speedium motor racing circuit. And the BMW M2 coupe was a street shooting star living up to its long reputation for performance.
The 2016 BMW M2 mounts a 3.0-liter V6 DOHC 24-velve Twin Power turbo engine that produces a maximum 370 horsepower with a 47.7 kg/m torque. When over-boosting its engine, its maximum torque stretches to 51.0 kg/m. It does 0-to-100 kilometers per hour in 4.3 seconds, according to BMW Korea.
The M2 coupe is equipped with the Getrag seven-speed automatic dual clutch transmission while the tires are Continental 245/35 R19 in the front and 265/35 R19 in the rear.
The BMW M2 coupe, at first, welcomed the driver with an overwhelming blast of sound from the exhaust when starting the engine. The vehicle may feel a little uncomfortable for those who are experiencing a real sports car with stiffer suspension for the first time. The 2016 M2 coupe has an ideal suspension spot, though, between daily fun and a competition sports machine.
The coupe proved its real quality on the racing circuit. The 370 horsepower kicked in at over 3,000rpm when the driver stepped on the gas pedal and put it to the floor.
Despite its heavy body weighing 1,590 kilograms, not only its acceleration but also its braking performance boosted the driver’s confidence on the circuit, tempting him to drive the car faster and faster.
The BMW M2 coupe’s dynamic stabilizer control promptly kicked in right before the vehicle would lose the traction. With the BMW M2’s sports plus mode, of course, a driver could enjoy cornering on the circuit.
The vehicle ran the circuit with the Porsche 911 GT and the Chevy Camaro. The BMW M2 coupe could not dart side by side with those cars, but it didn’t fall behind much either.
The M2 coupe does not feature the heads-up display, and omits large parts of its convenience systems BMW offers in most of its other models, but you couldn’t say it was that uncomfortable since the car was born to dart.
Fuel efficiency was less than 5 kilometers at all times, but it did not ruin the car’s attraction.
The BMW M2 coupe sells for 73.9 million won ($63,899) in Korea.