Video: Behind the scenes look at the new 2016 BMW M2
The new BMW M2 Coupe is based on the 2 Series coupe but this performance car is definitely an M creation and not a M235i with a few M performance parts bolted on. Many parts came from it’s big brother, the new BMW M4 Coupe and adapted to the M2 Coupe. Inspiration for the new M2 came from the BMW 2002 and the E30 M3 and it’s an all-new sports car from BMW M Division. How many people did it take to develop the car? There’s eight BMW M development managers and they each head up a team of their own, so it could be hundreds.
Hussein Alattar with BMW Design was responsible for the exterior design of the M2 Coupe. It’s wider than the normal 2 Series, 60 millimeters in the rear and 100 millimeters in the front. It also gets a large air intake with its outer air inlets, winglets on the side and larger wheel arches to accommodate the larger wheels. The M2 gets double duel exhaust tail pipes that are moved inward to emphasize the width of the car. Konrad Pointner was in charge of Body Development with BMW M.
A glance behind the scenes of the BMW M2 Coupe development. Recorded live October 14, 2015 at the M Studio in the heart of BMW M.
BMW Development of engine performance was done by Marcus Engelke and his team of engineers. All from BMW M, Peter Schmid, Chassis Development, Joachim Roederer Drive Train Development, Frank Wohlrabe Plant Project Manager at the BMW plant in Leipzig where the M2 is produced, Bettina Schmidt Project Management and Frank Isenberg Head of Project for the M2 all had a role in bringing the M2 to life.
The all-new BMW M2 will be available in four exterior paint finishes: Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral Grey metallic. The first 2016 BMW M2 Coupe’s will be in European showrooms starting in April 2016. Price and options will be announced closer to market launch.
Media source: BMW M