BMW globally has announced a
slew of new models. These include the new BMW M2 Coupe, the new BMW X4 M40i and the new MINI Convertible. The new edition
of the first and still the only premium convertible in the small car segment,
the new MINI Convertible is all about open-top driving fun on four seats
combined with optimised qualities in terms of sportiness, efficiency, comfort,
functionality, safety, connectivity and quality of both materials and
The BMW M2, on the other hand
is a compact high-performance BMW sports car. With its high-performance
six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive agility, lightweight aluminium M
Sport suspension and extrovert styling, the new BMW M2 Coupe has all the
ingredients to deliver the last word in driving pleasure.
With the introduction of the
new BMW X4 M40i, the successful BMW X4 series has gained a new top model. In
the Sports Activity Coupe segment (SAC), the BMW X4 M40i is setting new
standards with even more keenly honed driving dynamics, a high degree of
emotionalism and singular exclusivity.
NEW BMW M2
A single glance is all it
takes to pick the new BMW M2 Coupe out as a member of the BMW M family, with
its styling also keen to advertise its dynamic attributes. Inspired by models
from the history of BMW in motor racing, the new M2 Coupe makes no secret of
its extraordinary performance potential. The low front apron with large air
intakes, muscular flanks with characteristic M gills, 19-inch aluminium wheels
in familiar M double-spoke design and low, wide rear with M-specific
twin-tailpipe exhaust system all play impressive roles here. The time-honoured
character of BMW M cars is also present and correct in the design of the interior.
The Alcantara of the door cards and centre console together with porous carbon
fibre creates an ambience of rare quality and heady sporting ambition further
underlined by blue contrast stitching and M embossing on selected details.
Sports seats, an M sports steering wheel and an M gearshift lever ensure BMW M2
drivers are in perfect command of their car it at all times.
The newly developed,
three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW M2 deploys cutting-edge
M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop 370 hp at 6,500 rpm and, in so doing,
lays down a marker in the high-performance compact sports car segment. The same
applies to power delivery. Peak torque of 465 Nmcan be increased to as much as
500 Nm in short bursts under overboost. All of which enables the new BMW M2
Coupe with optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) and Launch
Control to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is
electronically limited to 250 km/h. Yet, with its M DCT transmission, fuel
consumption of just 7.9 litres per 100 km
Motor sport expertise
With the lightweight aluminium
front and rear axles from the BMW M3/M4 models, forged 19-inch aluminium wheels
with mixed-size tyres, M Servotronic steering with two settings and suitably effective
M compound brakes, the new BMW M2 Coupe has raised the bar once again in the
compact high-performance sports car segment when it comes to driving dynamics.
The electronically controlled Active M Differential, which optimises traction
and directional stability, also plays a significant role here. And even greater
driving pleasure is on the cards when the Dynamic Stability Control system’s M
Dynamic Mode (MDM) is activated. MDM allows wheel slip and therefore moderate,
controlled drifts on the track.
Intelligent connectivity when
you want it.
THE NEW BMW X4
The exterior of the new BMW X4
M40i demonstrates clearly the high standards set by BMW M Performance
automobiles. Exclusive accents of colour on the front of the vehicle and the
side mirrors finished in metallic Ferric Grey as well as the exclusive 20-inch
M light-alloy double-spoke wheels with the Ultra High Performance tyre mix
(optional) and the sports exhaust system with valve control and Chrome Black
tailpipes on both sides emphasize the unique character of the new BMW X4 M40i.
In the interior too, the typical character of the BMW M is always present. The
M leather steering wheel, the M gear shift lever, the sport seats and
model-specific door sills provide a foretaste of imminent driving pleasure,
just like the “X4 M40i” digital lettering on the instrument cluster.
A newly developed M
performance TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder petrol engine celebrates its
world premiere in the new BMW X4 M40i. This petrol engine delivers 360 hp at
between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its three-litre capacity, providing a maximum
torque of 465 Nm. With this high-performance engine and the advanced M
Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, the BMW X4 M40i accelerates in less
than five seconds to 100 km/h and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h
The specially tuned sports
chassis of the new BMW X4 M40i provides driving dynamics at an advanced level.
Stronger springs and stabilizers, increased camber on the front axle, the
adaptive dampers specifically tuned to M Performance specifications and the BMW
xDrive four wheel drive system with its rear wheel-drive characteristics
including Performance Control, ensure a neutral self-steering response as well
as a reduced roll tendency and guarantee a maximum of driving pleasure.
THE NEW MINI
Unmistakable exterior design;
precise balance between top-class elegance and sporty flair; characteristic
proportions with powerfully sculpted surfaces and a dynamically elongated
silhouette; up-to-date interpretation of classic MINI design features: circular
headlamps and rear lights with chrome surrounds, hexagonal radiator grille,
black peripheral body surround, side turn indicator elements; large selection
of body finishes including the variant Caribbean Aqua metallic presented here
for the first time.
High-quality textile soft top
with fully automatic opening and closing mechanism as well as sliding roof
function; new drive, fully electric and therefore very quiet for the first
time; also available as MINI Yours soft top with unique woven Union Jack
graphic; opening and closing of the soft top and side windows in 18 seconds,
also possible during travel at speeds of up to 30km/h; invisibly integrated
rollover protection which extends automatically when required as a
convertible-specific component of the integrated MINI safety concept.
Increased dimensions of the
new MINI Convertible as compared to predecessor model by 98millimetres in
length, 44 millimetres in width and 1 millimetre in height; longer wheelbase (+
28 millimetres); larger track width (+ 42 millimetres at the front, + 34
millimetres at the rear); optimised space comfort on all four seats; new front
seats with larger adjustment range; more comfortable entry and longer seat
surface for rear passengers; also more clearly emphasised single-seat character
with optimised lateral support at the rear; luggage volume expanded by approx.
25 per cent to 215 litres with closed top and 160 litres with open top;
standard trim includes rear backrest with split fold, enlarged through-loading
facility and Easy Load function.
Characteristic interior design
with horizontally structured cockpit, circular or elliptical contours for
displays, air vents and door trim elements as well as high-quality colour and
material combinations; display and operating concept including instrument panel
on the steering column, central instrument with new functions, optional LED
lighting display and red start/stop button at the centre of the toggle switch
bar in the lower section of the centre console.
Market launch of the new MINI
Convertible with five engine; new engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo
Technology; 3-cylinder petrol engines with 102 hp in the MINI One Convertible
and 136 hp in the MINI Cooper Convertible, 4-cylinder petrol engine with 192 hp
in the MINI Cooper S Convertible, 3-cylinder diesel engine with 116 hp in the
MINI Cooper D Convertible, 4-cylinder diesel engine with 170 hp in the MINI
Cooper SD Convertible.
At the same time this is also
the starting signal for the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible; top athlete
in the segment of open-top small cars with thrilling performance qualities and
extrovert charisma; distinctive drive and suspension technology developed based
on well-established motor racing expertise and body design for optimised
cooling air intake and aerodynamic values; the most powerful engine in the MINI
portfolio with four cylinders and a capacity of 2.0 litres, a peak output of
231 hp and a maximum torque of 320 Newton metres; acceleration from zero to 100
km/h in 6.6 seconds (6.5 seconds with Steptronic transmission) and from 80 to
120 km/h in 6.1 seconds;
Power transmission to the
front wheels; 6-speed transmission as standard; 6-speed Steptronic transmission
as standard in the MINI CooperSD Convertible and as an option for all other
engine variants except for the MINI One Convertible; 6-speed Steptronic sports
transmission with shift paddles at the steering wheel available as additional
option for the MINI Cooper S Convertible and MINI Cooper SD Convertible and as
a sole option for the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible; extensive range of
MINIMALISM technology as standard; optional MINI Driving Modes including GREEN
mode for a pronounced sporty style or efficiency-optimised driving (as standard
in the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible).
Source: BMW / MINI
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