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Launch: BMW M2

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Kuala Lumpur, 2nd March, 2016 – BMW Group Malaysia today launched the Bavarian firm’s drool-worthy M2 Coupe, marking the first time BMW has set its evil M Division loose on the diminutive 2-series. While the BMW M2 has been officially launched in Malaysia, the number of available units are critically low, with expected waiting periods sitting at more than a year.

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The BMW M2 may be a 2-series, but the M Division has transformed its appearance substantially, bulking and widening the car with aggressively-chiselled front and rear bumpers, blown front and rear haunches, fender vents, a rear lip spoiler and, of course, quad tailpipes; a trademark of any M car. These tweaks have transformed this 2-series’ aesthetics into a hybrid of the now-legendary 1M, and its big brother, the M4.

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Popping the bonnet of the M2 reveals a delicious 3.0-litre straight-six and a single twin-scroll turbocharger(unlike its twin turbo siblings; the M3 and M4). Regardless, the single turbo manages to assist the engine in producing a whopping 370hp at 6,500rpm and 465Nm of torque from as low as 1,400rpm, with an overboost function pushing peak torque all the up to 500Nm.

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All this grunt is sent to the rear wheels of the M2 via a seven-speed M DCT- with oversteer-reducing Stability Clutch Control (SCC), Launch Control, and a Smokey Burnout function, with an Active M Differential to keep everything in check. As a result, the M2 gallops from 0-100 km/h in a brisk 4.3 seconds, before maxing out at an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. P.S. A six-speed manual variant is also available through special requests.

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What truly sets the M2 apart from the somewhat similar M235i is the revamped chassis with lightweight aluminium front and rear axles, aluminium suspension struts, a tubular anti-roll bar, and uprated M brakes. There’s a lot of F82 BMW M4 under the skin of the new M2. Most of the aluminum suspension components, the limited-slip differential, the brakes, and even the forged 19-inch wheels are pulled directly from the M4.

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Inside the M2’s cabin you find standard 2-series fare, albeit dressed up with M-specific gauges and trimmed with a naked carbon-fiber-like weave. You’ll also get a three-spoke M Sport multifunction steering wheel with gearshift paddles, power-adjustable sports seats, Alcantara interior trim and the adorably stubby M gearlever. As expected, the M2 comes standard with automatic xenon headlights, auto wipers, keyless entry, a push-start button, dual-zone automatic climate control, a BMW Navigation System with an 8.8-inch display, as well as BMW ConnectedDrive services including Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices, Concierge Services and Remote Services.

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Long Beach Blue Metallic is the sole colour choice for the M2, with its 19-inch forged alloy wheels carrying Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 245/35ZR19 at the front and 265/35ZR19 at the rear. The M2 is priced at RM498,800 on-the-road without insurance. Included is a five-year warranty, as well as a five-year/100,000 km free scheduled service package in accordance with the on-board BMW Condition Based Service status.

About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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