Make way, M240i. There’s a new kid on the block, and it’s packing some real muscle. This is the BMW M2 Coupe.
You’ve seen it in countless leaks online, and its controversial styling may have ruffled your feathers a little. Well, the hotly-anticipated BMW M2 Coupe is finally here in Singapore.
Now in its second generation, the new M2 coupe has muscular proportions and aggressive angles. BMW’s signature kidney grille is loud and proud here, with horizontal slats reminiscent of the recently introduced BMW XM.
Compared to the standard 2 Series Coupe, the M2 has a much wider track width, exemplified by the squared-off, almost boxy lower intake area. In fact, it shares its front and rear track widths with its bigger M4 sibling.
These aren’t for show either. The widened tracks greatly improve handling, giving you those massively flared wheel arches. The rear, is equally boxy, with quad tailpipes that sit loud and proud underneath the rectangular facade. Also included as standard equipment with Singapore-bound M2s is the carbon fibre roof, offered as an option in other markets.
Somehow, all of these elements coexist nicely together, giving the M2 a distinctive M charm. I’ll be honest, the look does grow on you too.
The cabin is equally decked out in carbon fibre, with a driver-centric cockpit design, similar to other BMW performance models. The M2 Coupe also runs BMW’s latest curved display, with Operating System 8 on tap for all connectivity needs.
M Sport seats spotting illuminated M logos come as standard equipment, while M Carbon bucket seats can be optioned if you’re the kind that takes your car to the track. Or the mall, in greater discomfort.
Equipped with the same S58 straight-6 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that you’ll find in the current BMW M3 and M4, alongside a myriad of chassis technology and electronic gizmos, the BMW M2 Coupe is built from the ground up to be a driver’s car.
In the M2, the engine punches out a slightly watered-down 453bhp and 550Nm of torque, a fair bit more than its F87 predecessor. All of that power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission as standard. If an automatic doesn’t tickle your fancy, the M2 can optionally be specced with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The dynamism of the M2 Coupe is made possible due to its compact dimensions and overall torsional stiffness of its body structure and chassis mountings, thanks to bespoke bracing. To make the car even more potent, a whole suite of M performance parts comes as standard too.
You get Active M Differential, Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Servotronic steering with variable ratio, Dynamic Stability Control including M Dynamic Mode, and M Compound brakes (six pistons front, single piston rear).
With equipment like that, the BMW M2 Coupe does cost a pretty penny. At the time of writing, the BMW M2 is priced at $380,000 without COE.