Xtork scores an exclusive date with the all-new BMW M2 Coupé a few days before it makes its first on-track appearance in Qatar via the 5th M Track event hosted by Alfardan Automobiles in the Losail International Circuit. Our very own motorsports specialist, AJ Alrumaihi, goes behind the wheel for an unsullied test-drive.
It is apparent at first glance that the allnew BMW M2 Coupé is, no doubt, an embodiment of the forty-year BMW mantra of compact, high-performance sports cars. For decades, the 2 Series has made its mark in the production of
cars with good looks, an agile drive, and plenty of power. As we discover, the allnew M2 gives out more than just that. AJ believes that the all-new M2 is a sports car that’s got something for everyone—be it a hardcore enthusiast
or a motorway cruiser who is simply on the hunt for something just that bit more out there. “It’s a very fun car. It’s nimble and it’s very light,” he says. “It’s to make a track fun, not as fast [as a trackpurposed car], but fun.”
The M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic is an innovative 7-speed double-clutch transmission specially designed for the BMW high-rev engine. The concept makes changing gears extremely quick without compromising power. “In terms of controlling traction, the M2 is the easiest,” says AJ.
BMW M2 Coupé, is a highperformance iteration that succeeds the BMW 1 Series M Coupé. The new model continues the tradition of the compact, high-performance BMW sports cars that started over 40 years ago with the BMW 2002 turbo.
The M2 Coupé’s powerful six-cylinder in-line engine, with either automatic or manual gearbox, produces 272 kW/370 hp and 465 Nm allowing for an elevated driving experience. With the rearwheel- drive agility, lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension and extrovert styling.