Also, this is a 6-speed manual version. MotorTrend is not known for launching or banging through the gears well when getting acceleration figures. Their elapsed time figures are always weaker than what actual owners are able to get on the dragstrip.
Still, 3411 pounds is only 150 pounds less than the F80 M3 with a dual clutch transmission. When the US DCT F87 M2's roll out the difference probably will be less than 100 pounds between a DCT M3/M4 and a DCT M2. Seriously BMW? Isn't this supposed to be a lightweight and sporty entry level M car?
The acceleration does not make up for the bloated weight. It runs to 60 in 4.2 seconds and through the 1/4 mile in 12.8 seconds at 107.5 miles per hour. That isn't an improvement on the previous generation E82 1M. Actually, the M2 takes a step back.
Curb weight: 3339 pounds
1/4 mile: 12.8 @ 109.6
Those are MotorTrend's own numbers. Why isn't the new N55B30T0 doing better than this considering the N54 in the 1M dyno's in the 330 wheel horsepower range stock with a 335 hp crank rating? The new motor with all its internals shared with the S55 engine from its big brother M3/M4 should be much stronger.
MotorTrend gets their analysis wrong here:
N55B30T0 Engine specs include:
- 370hp at 6500 rpm (7000rpm redline)
- 343 lb-ft of torque from 1,400 - 5,560 rpm
- Overboost function allowing an additional 26 lb-ft of torque (available from 1,350 - 4,500 rpm) for a maximum of 369 lb-ft
- Single twin scroll turbocharger
- Direct Injection
- Grey-cast iron cylinder liners
- Forged crankshaft
- Closed-deck block
- Baffled oil pan with dual pickups
- Additional radiator (racetrack proven cooling capability)
- Optimized exhaust manifold
- Optimized airbox with 2 inlets
So why isn't this thing faster? Who would have expected with these specs the F87 M2 with a manual would trail the E82 1M in acceleration?
Ok, so the engine and weight seem to be a bit disappointing at this stage. We want to see dyno numbers but it is possible BMW left plenty of room in it to be tuned despite BMW not being tuner friendly. The logic for this might be not having the M2 step on the M3/M4's toes around the track or in a straightline which would infuriate M3 owners. Speaking from experience, M3 owners are pretty touchy with such matters.
This vehicle is about more than the motor, what about the handling? Well, it pulls over 1g on the skidpad at 1.01g and its steering is said to be a big improvement no the M235i. We will have to wait on laptimes but it looks like it should be potent on the roadcourse if it can keep the rear planted despite its 52/48 front to rear weight distribution. Yes, also worse than the E82 1M.
With all the hype surrounding this car BimmerBoost expected more out of it. This was supposed to be a lighter and more nimble M4. The M4 GTS is lighter than this car but of course costs much more money. It is also a bigger car though.
Is this a worthy successor to the E82 1M? Based on what we are seeing thus far, not really. Oh, and then there is this:
|2016 BMW M2 (European Spec)|
|PRICE AS TESTED||N/A|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||3.0L/365-hp/343-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve I-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,411 lb (52/48%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176.2 x 73.0 x 55.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||4.2 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||12.8 sec @ 107.5 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||107 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||1.01 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||24.1 sec @ 0.82 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB||18/27/21 mpg (est)|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION||187/125 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.92 lb/mile|