BMW is known to deliberately underestimate the power and performance of their cars, so when the press finds out about their real capability they’ll look kind of cool. It is also a nice trick to surprise the competition in head to head tests. This happens with pretty much all M cars, and the latest model to outperform its press release and do better than the official figures is BMW M2.
Officially, this car is limited to 250 km/h. But during a zero to top speed test of a stock BMW M2 the guys from Motorsport Magazine actually went past that and easily clocked 260 km/h. One would imagine with a bit of positive wind and a little extra push the M2 could do even better, which means it isn’t really as limited as BMW wants you to believe.
BMW M2 Highlights:
- Three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology
- 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm – Peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft)
- Optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT)
- Aerodynamic components made of carbon: front and side sill attachments, rear diffuser and mirror caps, side sills, rear spoiler
- M Performance radiator grille for the front and side in high-gloss black with integrated BMW M logo
- M Performance flap silencer exhaust system, 80mm tailpipes
- Coil-spring suspension – 16 levels in the rebound stage and 12 in the compression stage
- Sports brake pads
- LED door sill cover strips, M Performance floor mats, steering wheels with Alcantara cover and race display