Hype: BMW Reveals The Very Blue And Very Angry M2 Coupe (Gallery)

Posted on 10.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When the BMW M235i  was released many of us wanted so badly for it to be the new M car but, BMW told us or perhaps a better word is “warned” us that a true M car based on the 2 series was on its way.  Well the M2 is finally here and it looks like its pissed off!  However, looks are just looks and when it comes to any BMW with an M badge its real merit comes in its performance.  When comparing the M2 to the M235i the M2 has a 43 horsepower advantage with 365HP to the M235i’s 322.  Although when it comes to weight the M2 isn’t much lighter saving about 80lbs over the M235i but those savings are reduced if the M2 has the optional dual-clutch transmission.

The M2 will accelerate to 60mph in less than 4 and a half seconds no matter which transmission is bolted on.  This is thanks in big part to the M2’s 349ft-lbs of torque, variable “Active M” differential, and grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

BMW expects M2 owners to enjoy a track day or two so they have designed a special oil sump with extra pumps in key locations to make sure there is no starvation.  Its not exactly a dry sump but according to BMW this design will ensure that no matter how many lateral G’s an M2 driver is extracting from a corner the six cylinder 3.0 liter turbocharged engine will never want for oil.  The transmission fluid is dry-sumped so there shouldn’t be any worries there either.

On paper the M2 seems to have all the weapons it needs to be a road and track warrior but whether or not it lives up to that remains to be seen.  Also remaining to be seen is the M2’s MSRP.  It will likely be higher than the M235i’s starting price of $44k but will also likely well under the $65k starting price of the more-powerful M4 coupe.  Perhaps the M2 will slot right in the middle at a $55k starting MSRP?  It would make sense but again, there has been no official price announcement so nothing is certain at this point.

Although, I imagine we will most likely learn the final starting price before the M2’s Spring 2016 release date.  To get a closer look at the 2016 M2 coupe check out the gallery below.  If you would like more info there is a lengthy press release and spec sheet below the gallery.

What do you think about the BMW M2?  Is it a car you would consider buying or would you rather spend more to get an M4 coupe?  Speaking of price how much do you think the M2 should cost?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • More torque than past generation M3’s.
  • M TwinPower Turbo Technology yielding impressive performance.
  • Wider track featuring lightweight aluminum suspension.
  • Manual gearbox with innovative rev-matching technology.
  • Fully variable Active M Differential.
  • Nürburgring tested M compound high performance brakes.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: EMBARGO: October 13, 2015 6:01 pm EDT / 3:01 pm PDT … Today, BMW M GmbH unveiled the newest member of its product family. The coveted M badge has been placed on the popular BMW 2 Series in the form of the all-new 2016 BMW M2. The 6-cylinder under the hood is in keeping with the finest M tradition, ensuring unbeatable driving dynamics on the trace track with exceptional power delivery and the signature, outstanding driving behavior thanks to rear-wheel drive agility and lightweight aluminum M Sport suspension. The innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology ensures outstanding torque available across a wide rev band with rapid responses and excellent efficiency, raising the pulse with its distinctive engine soundtrack.


The BMW M2 will be available at authorized BMW centers with a limited range of options starting in spring of 2016. Prince will be disclosed closer to market launch.


Just like its predecessor high revs and M TwinPower.

With an output of 365 bhp at 6,500 rpm and maximum revs of 7,000 rpm this all-new BMW M2 is more powerful than its predecessor: the BMW 1 M Coupe. The 3.0-liter 6-cylinder inline engine in the new BMW M2 sends out a clear message to the high-performance sports car segment. The engine’s peak torque also leads the way in this segment; a full 343 lb-ft is on tap between 1,400 and 5,560 rpm, with the overboost function raising this figure by 26 lb-ft to 369 lb-ft between 1,450 and 4,750 rpm. A glance to the past will put things into perspective, this figure is more than 70 lb-ft of additional torque than the past generation M3, ensuring plenty of torque is available in all driving situations.


With the optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) in place and Launch Control activated, the new BMW M2 completes the sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in a scant 4.2 seconds (4.4 s with the six-speed manual gearbox). The top speed of the all-new BMW M2 is electronically limited to 155 mph.


The all-new BMW M2’s newly developed 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine represents a symbiosis of exceptional output and outstanding efficiency. The lightweight, thermodynamically optimized, all-aluminum unit is extremely rigid due to its closed-deck design – which means that the cylinder water jacket is closed at the top. This enables higher cylinder pressures for improved power output and torque.


State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The all-new BMW M2 comes with the latest generation of the trailblazing M TwinPower Turbo technology. In the new 6-cylinder inline gasoline engine, this comprises a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, variable camshaft timing (Double-VANOS) and VALVETRONIC variable valve lift control.


Optimized to meet the highest standards and in order to satisfy the high expectations of sporty drivers who like to push the limits on the track, the BMW M GmbH development engineers have introduced upgrades to the engine powering the all-new BMW M2. This engine has gained selected components from the high-performance unit used in the BMW M3 and BMW M4 presented in 2014. Components including the pistons, with their top ring optimized for the use of grey-cast iron liners, are sourced from the BMW M3 and M4 engine, as are the crankshaft main bearing shells. The new engine in the BMW M2 is equipped with the requisite high-performance spark plugs designed to optimally work at higher temperatures.


The integration of the turbocharger into the exhaust manifold plays a major role in the ability of the new 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine in the all-new BMW M2 to optimize its performance efficiently. The warm-up phase after a cold start is noticeably shorter reducing exhaust emissions. The electrically operated boost pressure control valve and close-loop arrangement of the catalytic converter further improve the engine’s emissions rating.


The standard Auto Start Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration provide additional potential for fuel savings in the all-new BMW M2, while the intelligent energy management of ancillary components enables an additional reduction in fuel consumption. For example, the coolant pump operates only as required and the oil pump is map-controlled. The air conditioning compressor, which is disconnected whenever it is not being used, and the Electric Power Steering, which requires no electric energy when driving straight ahead, make a considerable contribution to the laudable fuel consumption and emissions figures of the all-new BMW M2.


Oil supply secure even during track days.

The many years of motor racing experience built up by the BMW M engineers are also reflected in the oil supply for the all-new BMW M2 engine. In order to ensure oil reaches all engine components at all times under limit-pushing driving with sustained heavy lateral acceleration, and extreme braking maneuvers the car has to withstand on the race track, the 6-cylinder inline engine benefits from a modified oil sump.


For example, an additional oil sump cover helps to limit the movement of oil under powerful acceleration. At the same time, an extra oil suction pump sends the oil back to the rear part of the oil sump when the driver brakes heavily. A special suction system is employed for the oil supply to the turbocharger under higher vehicle acceleration. This measure ensures that the oil supply to the engine remains secure at all times, both in normal everyday driving and when lateral dynamics are put to the test at the track.


The same also applies to the heat balance of all engine components. In order to deal with extreme cooling requirements under hard driving, the BMW M2 engine benefits from an additional oil cooler for the transmission oil (only applies to cars fitted with M DCT) and an extra water radiator for the engine.


Perfectly composed high-revving M exhaust note.

One of the main contributors to the extraordinary dynamic experience on board the all-new BMW M2 is the optimized exhaust with special flap system. With its four tailpipes, the exhaust system immediately marks the BMW M2 out as a BMW M model and its minimal exhaust back-pressure ensures the engine exhales optimally. The electrically controlled flap delivers the distinctive BMW M engine exhaust note across the entire rev range. In addition, drivers can use the Driving Dynamic Control switch to select a driving mode and an exhaust note to go with it.


Manual gearbox with automatic rev-matching.

The all-new BMW M2 comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which stands out with its compact design and low weight. The use of a new type of carbon-fiber friction lining enhances shift precision. Dry-sump lubrication prevents any sloshing of the transmission oil and ensures all components benefit from an efficient supply of lubricant. An engagement speed control function, which blips the throttle on downshifts and lowers the engine’s revs on upshifts, makes gear changes even smoother and lends the car additional stability during hard driving on the track. Experienced drivers can still take pride in performing the task of perfectly orchestrated down-shifts on their own by deactivating the system in DSC OFF mode.


Motorsport inspired – flawless shifts in a split-second.

The all-new BMW M2 can be ordered as an option with the latest generation of the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmissions (M DCT with Drivelogic). This system, which effectively combines two gearboxes, each with its own clutch, is specially designed to work with the customary engine dynamics of M cars and the engine’s high torque and output. The system detects which gear the driver will choose next based on the engine’s revs, the accelerator position, the level of acceleration and the driving mode, and engages it before the driver has actually moved the shift paddle. As a result, the clutches now only need to open or close for the gear-change process to be completed. The change of gear is therefore executed in fractions of a second. Depending on the driving mode activated, it enables either extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power or ultra-smooth shifts. The extra gear of the M DCT transmission over the six-speed manual gearbox allows for tightly spaced gearing and reduced fuel consumption thanks to its taller gear ratios.


The driver can change gears either in automated mode or manually using the M gearshift lever on the center console or shift paddles on the M leather steering wheel. The Drivelogic function tuned to the M Double Clutch Transmission offers a choice of six driving programs (three in automatic mode and three in manual mode).

Optimal acceleration in all conditions.

The integrated Launch Control function ensures the best possible acceleration off the line in all conditions. This function determines the ideal getaway rpm and is automatically dialed in priming the clutches to deliver maximum forward momentum. Once under way, upshifts are timed and performed at the optimal revs. This allows the BMW M2 with innovative M DCT to outperform the already outstanding acceleration achievable with the six-speed manual gearbox.


Dynamic Performance – Motorsport technology for the road.

The roots of BMW M GmbH lie in motor racing, as is highlighted in no small measure by the dynamic talent of all BMW M models. The all-new BMW M2 also sets the pace in its segment when it comes to agility, driving feeling, directional stability, steering precision and controllability at the limit, without any compromise in everyday use.


Lightweight design and precise wheel location.

The basic requirement for a top-level driving dynamics vehicle is a high level of rigidity and a low axle system weight with reduced unsprung mass. That’s why the BMW M GmbH engineers have referred back to the lightweight aluminum front and rear axles of the BMW M3 and M4 models for the all-new BMW M2. The control arms, wheel carriers, axle subframes and stiffening plate of the double-joint spring-strut front axle weigh 11 pounds less than would be the case with a conventional steel construction. Further weight savings are provided by use of aluminum in the suspension struts and tubular anti-roll bar.


In order to ensure extremely precise wheel location, play-free ball joints are used to transmit transverse forces. A stiffening plate in the underbody provides additional bolted connection between the axle subframe and the body sills, which increases the stiffness of the front-end structure. The longitudinal forces passing through the suspension are transmitted directly via special elastomer bearings delivering precise handling feedback.


All the control arms and wheel carriers of the all-new BMW M2’s five-link rear axle are made from forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses of the wheel-locating components by more than 6 pounds compared to a steel construction. In addition, a racing-derived rigid connection, without rubber bushings, is used to fix the lightweight steel grid-type rear axle subframe to the body. This further improves wheel location and tracking stability. The axle kinematics – which govern the movement of the wheels under compression according to the arrangement of the control arms – are similarly tuned to deliver the precise wheel location typical from M cars.


Made-to-measure wheels and tires.

In order to transfer the car’s dynamic potential to the road as effectively as possible, the development of specific tires for the all-new BMW M2 was incorporated into the axle construction from the beginning of its development. BMW M vehicle dynamic engineers know that a certain set of factors take priority whenever dealing with high-performance sports cars. For example, the front wheels have to cope with different types of forces in terms of lateral stability, directional stability while providing optimal steering feedback and steering precision. Likewise, the rear wheels deliver optimal traction, lateral stability and directional stability. After thorough testing development, the BMW M vehicle dynamic engineers decided to fit the all-new BMW M2 with aluminum wheels with mixed-size tires.


The lightweight 19-inch forged wheels (front axle: 9J x 19, rear axle 10J x 19) substantially reduce rotating and unsprung masses. Together with the exclusive 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 245/35 ZR 19 in the front and 265/35 ZR 19 at the rear. This set-up makes a considerable contribution to the outstanding dynamic properties of the all-new BMW M2 and, at the same time, ensure impressive everyday ride comfort.


Motor sport inspired, Nürburgring tested – high performance brakes.

The high-performance brakes of the all-new BMW M2 are also a product of motor sport and can be quickly identified by their brake calipers – front axle: four-piston fixed calipers, rear axle: two-piston fixed calipers – which are painted in a blue metallic finish and display the M logo at the front axle. In these M compound brakes the perforated and inner-vented brake disc ring is made from grey-cast iron for a massive 15 inch diameter rotor at the front axle and equally impressive 14.5 inch diameter at the rear axle.


M compound brakes guarantee powerful deceleration in all conditions and providing confidence inspiring fade resistance under hard track use. They are also significantly lighter than conventional braking systems, the brake disc hub is manufactured from aluminum as they reduce unsprung and rotating masses, which means they play a major role in further enhancing the dynamic ability of the all-new BMW M2.


M developed Electric Power Steering.

The Electric Power Steering of the all-new BMW M2 also instills the characteristic M driving feeling. The development of the system prioritized hallmark M attributes, such as direct steering feel, precise feedback at both the track and everyday driving, transmitting the driver with all the necessary information about the available grip at the tires. The integrated Servotronic function with M-specific characteristics, controls the level of steering assistance electronically according to the car’s speed. Via the Driving Dynamic Control switch the driver can adjust the steering’s power assistance at any time.


Unlike conventional hydraulic steering systems, the all-new BMW M2’s Electric Power Steering does not require any energy when the car is being driven in a straight line or standing still with the engine running. This enables an improvement in fuel economy of roughly 0.6 mpg.


Permanent, fully variable differential control.

The Active M Differential in the all-new BMW M2 optimizes traction and maximizes directional stability. This electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential takes traction and directional stability to a new level. The multi-plate limited-slip differential is proactively controlled with extremely high precision and speed. The locking effect can be varied between 0 and 100 percent according to the driving situation. Sensors including those of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system determine the car’s steering angle, accelerator position, brake pressure, engine torque, wheel speed and yaw rate. The control unit analyzes these inputs to detect any threat of traction loss on one side of the car and calculates the required locking effect, which is engaged by an electric motor. Full locking power of 1,843 lb-ft is available within 150 ms, allowing the system to prevent a wheel from spinning in extreme conditions on slippery road surfaces or when the two rear wheels are experiencing significant differences in friction coefficient.


In certain situations the Active M Differential even works proactively. When pulling away on slippery surfaces, the lock is closed by a defined percentage even before a wheel can start to spin, to ensure that both wheels develop equal slip at the same time. This optimizes traction and stability. The lock is also closed by the required percentage through enthusiastically driven corners, according to the levels of lateral and longitudinal acceleration. This prevents the low-traction inside wheel from starting to slip too quickly.

The permanent and infinitely variable differential control also increases agility, avoids understeer at turn-in and improves directional stability under braking and load changes.


Drifts on the race track.

The all-new BMW M2 is equipped with M Dynamic Mode (MDM), a sub-function of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). DSC effectively counteracts oversteer or understeer or a loss of traction by taking several measures (reducing engine power, braking individual wheels) to stabilize the car. However, in certain situations – e.g. sporty and dynamic driving on the race track – a greater degree of wheel slip can be an advantage.


For this reason M Dynamic Mode can be activated in the recommended track mode (SPORT+) or can be engaged with a short dab of the DSC button. The stabilizing measures familiar from DSC mode now intervene at a later stage, increasing the freedom available to drivers while still keeping an electronic safety system in action. The extra wheel slip enhances traction and therefore propulsion. More significant oversteer and understeer are possible, as are moderate, controlled drifts, but the Dynamic Stability Control active safety aids can still be relied on in critical situations.



An impressive amount of power, an athletic stance with bold design elements on the one hand, an unadulterated focus on sporting achievement and credible everyday practicality on the other. The all-new BMW M2 makes all the running in this high-performance sports car segment with its outstanding driving dynamics and agility that combine to deliver an extraordinary driving experience, allied with precise driver feedback.


The proud successor to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe showcases its impressive on-the-road presence from every angle. Its M-specific exterior features send out a whole-hearted statement of dynamics and agility, promising both a superior performance on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and convincing abilities on urban roads. In the grand tradition of BMW sport coupes, the all-new BMW M2 contains stylistic references to highlights from its forebears in BMW’s motor sport back-catalogue – such as the BMW 2002 turbo and legendary BMW 3.0 CSL.


Inspired by motor sport history.

A glance at the front end of the all-new BMW M2 reveals characteristic M design features. The signature BMW kidney grille, with its black-painted double bars replicating the design of the M double-spoke wheels, carries the BMW M logo. And the three-dimensional design of the grille has a “shark nose” feel to it. The modern take on the BMW twin circular headlights underlines the car’s forward-surging look and establishes a close stylistic connection with the grille. This further sharpens the focus of the all-new BMW M2 on the road ahead.


The large front apron with trapezoidal blades and the Air Curtains in the outer air intakes mimic the type of protruding spoilers that have been a familiar sight in motor sport down the years. For the BMW M2 they were inspired in particular by the BMW 3.0 CSL touring car racer. However, the large blades are not only a nod to the past. Form follows function is the message here, so as well as underlining the wide track of the all-new BMW M2 they divert part of the airflow through the wheel arches, while the Air Curtains guide the air effectively past the wheels. These two features work together to reduce air turbulence around the front wheel arches, cutting drag in the process. Moreover, the large air intakes cover the immense cooling air requirements of the high-performance engine. Thanks to the careful channeling of the airflow around and through elements of the car, drag has been reduced by five percent compared with the BMW 2 Series Coupe, despite the M2’s stronger cooling performance. The aerodynamic measures have also reduced lift by 35 percent and significantly improved aerodynamic balance at higher speeds.

Hallmark BMW proportions.

From the side the all-new BMW M2 is immediately identifiable as a fully-fledged member of the BMW M family. Compact dimensions and hallmark BMW proportions – i.e. a short front overhang, sweeping hood, long wheelbase and set-back greenhouse with classic BMW Hofmeister kink – are the starting point, with signature M design elements strengthening the dynamic expression. For instance, the newly interpreted BMW gills rearwards of the front wheel arches reference a feature first seen on the BMW 3.0 CSL. They send out a visual statement and set the swage line on its way towards the rear.

The side swage line – which begins rearwards of the front axle on the all-new BMW M2, then rises dynamically towards the tail and links the flanks of the car with its rear end – is a classical BMW design feature; for instance, in the case of the BMW 2002, it extended around the whole car. Other typical elements of the all-new BMW M2’s powerful appearance are the sculptural wing extensions at the front and rear axle, which immediately bring to mind the image of a muscular athlete with broad shoulders in a figure-hugging race suit and visually enhance the car’s standout dynamic abilities. However, these significant bodywork extensions (front: 2.1 in, rear: 3.1 in) are not only a stylistic statement, but necessary to accommodate the wider track and wheels – in this case 19-inch aluminum forged rims in familiar BMW M double-spoke design.

The broad rear end of the all-new BMW M2 highlights its firm grip on the asphalt, a quality further reinforced by the horizontal lines in the trunk lid and rear apron. The M rear spoiler on the trunk lid also accentuates the elevated dynamic aspirations of the all-new BMW M2.

The vertical reflectors at the outer extremes of the rear apron form a stylistic connection with the trapezoidal blades at the front end and once again emphasize the powerful appearance of the all-new BMW M2. This feeling is additionally strengthened by the L-shaped rear lights which have become a fixture of BMW models. Their horizontally arranged LEDs also underscore the athletic and imposing impression created by the all-new BMW M2.

The looks of the rear end are rounded off by another classical BMW M feature. The diffuser integrated into the rear apron is a clear reference to the racing abilities of the all-new BMW M2 and offers a nod to its optimized aerodynamics. Likewise integrated into the rear apron are the familiar quartet of hallmark BMW M exhaust tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, which draw renewed attention to the low visual center of gravity and point clearly to the dynamic performance of the all-new BMW M2.

Attention to sporty detail wherever you look.

The all-new BMW M2, is available in four exterior paint finishes: Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral Grey metallic. As with all BMW M models, the interior architecture of the all-new BMW M2 also stands out with its pervasive driver focus and flawless ergonomics. The car is fitted with a host of BMW M-specific equipment details to reflect its prominent dynamic capabilities. The sports seats, in black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching and an M logo in the backrests, have adjustable side bolsters to give the driver and front passenger optimum support through fast corners. An M footrest and knee pad on the center console for the driver continue the theme.

Instruments with BMW M2-specific dials and needles, a speedometer scale reaching round to 200 mph and a tachometer reading up to 8,000 rpm provide an indication of the car’s extraordinary performance potential as soon as you climb aboard. Familiar M equipment items in the all-new BMW M2 also include M logos on the tachometer, gearshift lever, door sill plates and M leather steering wheel with shift paddles. Other highlights of the interior are the all-new BMW M2 trim strip with surfacing in open pore carbon fiber and Alcantara for the door panel inserts, parking brake boot and shift lever boot (manual transmission only).

BMW ConnectedDrive enhances safety, comfort and entertainment.

New BMW M2 customers can also make use of innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive.

The range of optional driver assistance systems available for the BMW M2 includes the Driving Assistant, which comprises features such as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Lane Departure Warning. The system warns the driver of potential collisions with pedestrians or other vehicles in urban areas and brakes the car automatically. Furthermore, it uses steering wheel vibrations to alert drivers if they stray from their lane unintentionally. Speed Limit Info flashes in the instrument cluster with the permitted top speed. The rear-view camera teams up with rear Park Distance Control to assist drivers with reverse parking and maneuvering. Plus, the standard Navigation System offers an ultra-sharp map display and the iDrive Touch Controller ensures the various functions are even easier to use.

Analyze your own driving style, film racing laps.

The optional ConnectedDrive Services open up the world of vehicle connectivity to customers, revealing intelligent services and features as well as an extensive range of apps. The GoPro app and the M Laptimer app from BMW M GmbH are geared towards enthusiastic drivers. The later enables them to improve on their driving on the track. This application records the car’s speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, engine’s speed, the gear engaged at any one time, the steering angle, the accelerator position and fuel consumption. All this allows drivers to subsequently analyze their inputs precisely corner by corner, gives them the option of comparing their laps with those of other drivers and enables them to easily share the data by e-mail or Facebook.

The GoPro app allows drivers to use a GoPro camera to film fast laps of the race track. BMW ConnectedDrive paves the way for all applications to be integrated seamlessly into the car. They can be operated using the iDrive Touch Controller and viewed in the Control Display.

Heritage – sporting talent runs in the family.

The all-new BMW M2 sees BMW M GmbH building on the success of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. Like its forebear, the BMW M2 also sets the benchmark in this high-performance sports car segment. The M2 doesn’t just have one direct predecessor, it continues the tradition of the legendary original BMW M3 – the E30 from 1986. It is also a close descendant of a car from 40 years ago that perfectly embodied the focus of BMW M GmbH on stand-out dynamic talent, unbeatable agility and unshakable car control no matter what the situation: the BMW 2002 turbo.

Head-turning ancestor.

When the BMW 2002 turbo was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 1973 as the new flagship model of the BMW 02 Series, the first Oil Crisis was just beginning. This backdrop was a major factor behind the growth of the BMW 2002 turbo into one of the most emotionally rich cars of its time. Today, it is a hugely coveted classic.

The BMW 2002 turbo was no available in the US but its impact on automotive history alone provides sound reasons for this current status. After all, the BMW 2002 turbo was the first series-produced German car to feature a turbocharger. Only available in Polaris metallic and Chamonix paint finishes, it was soon thrilling drivers with its stunning dynamic repertoire. The BMW engineers employed a Kugelfischer fuel injection system and KKK turbocharger to extract a strong 170 hp at 5,800 rpm (ECE Ratings) from the two-liter four-cylinder engine. Maximum torque of 177 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm was also more than impressive. That was enough to power the super-light BMW 2002 turbo, weighing in at just 2,440 pounds, from 0 to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 132 mph. The BMW 2002 turbo was therefore one of the fastest-moving sports cars on German roads at the time.

With its cutting-edge suspension featuring a MacPherson front axle, a semi-trailing arm rear axle, anti-roll bars front and rear and inner-vented front disc brakes, the BMW 2002 turbo led the way in the 1970s in terms of driving dynamics.

A legend of motor sport.

While the coveted BMW 2002 turbo never made it to American soil, the original BMW M3 (E30), the sports version of the compact BMW 3 Series range, was presented in 1986. The short 171.6 inches long, two-door sedan was conceived as a homologation model for the German Touring Car Championship and wore its ambitious sporting intentions proudly on its sleeve. With its pronounced fender flaring, a large front spoiler, side skirts, a lowered rear apron and a prominent spoiler rising up from the rear end, the first BMW M3 had the exterior presence of a finely-tuned athlete. A more heavily raked rear window than that of a standard BMW 3 Series and a raised boot lid made from glass-fiber-reinforced plastic brought further aerodynamic gains.

The BMW M3 was powered by a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder inline engine featuring four-valve technology, which developed 192 hp at 6,750 rpm and served up peak torque of 177 lb-ft at 4,750 rpm. It sent this power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox with a dogleg first gear. The BMW M3 took just 6.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph and recorded a top speed of 146 mph.

These enviable statistics underpinned the ascent of the original BMW M3 to legendary status in motor racing circles. It won the touring car world championship in its first season on the race track. And the first M3 remains the world’s most successful touring car racer to this day, having notched up more than 1,500 race victories, including four wins in a row in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Powerful predecessor.

The first M car based on the BMW 1 Series arrived in 2011 in the form of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. This exclusive M vehicle was powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and developed output of 335 hp at 5,900 rpm. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe made its peak torque of 332 lb-ft available between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. The 0 to 60 mph dash was all over in just 4.7 seconds and top speed was an electronically limited 155 mph.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe came as standard with lightweight M Sport suspension, a variable M mechanical differential lock, M compound brakes and 19-inch aluminum wheels with mixed-size tires. Track width was increased over the standard BMW 1 Series Coupe by 2.36 inches at the front and 1.57 inches at the rear.

Stylistic changes to the BMW 1 Series M Coupe included a new front apron with larger air intakes in response to the car’s increased cooling requirement, as well as wing extensions and a new rear apron. The interior was upgraded in familiar M style with leather-covered M sports seats, an M sports steering wheel, interior trim strips in Alcantara and BMW M logos.

The All-New BMW M2.

Technical Specifications.

Engine type N55B30T0 N55B30T0
Transmission type DKG manual transmission
Seats 4 4
Number of Doors 2 2
Vehicle Length inch 176.2 176.2
Vehicle Width inch 73 73
Width including mirrors inch 78.1 78.1
Vehicle Height inch 55.5 55.5
Wheelbase inch 106 106
Overhang front inch 32.1 32.1
Rear overhang inch 38.1 38.1
Ground clearance inch 4.8 4.8
Turning circle ft 38.4 38.4
Legroom front inch 41.5 41.5
Legroom 2nd row inch 33 33
Shoulder room front inch 54.4 54.4
Shoulder room rear inch 53.4 53.4
Headroom front inch 40.1 40.1
Maximum headroom 2nd row inch 36.5 36.5
Headroom front with Sunroof inch 38.4 38.4
Maximum headroom 2st row with sunroof inch 35.6 35.6
Front Seat Volume ft³ 52.5 52.5
Rear Seat Volume ft³ 37.2 37.2
Luggage vol. (EPA) – only for homologation ft³ 10 10
Press Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 13.8 13.8
Ramp angle ° 12.8 12.8
US Tank capacity [gallons] gal 13.7 13.7
rear Weight distribution (empty car) % 48.6 48.1
US Curb weight lbs 3450 3505
US Gross vehicle. Weight lbs 4430 4430
US Payload lbs 840 840
US Axle load limit of the front lbs 2140 2140
US Axle load limit of the rear lbs 2380 2380
US Roof load lbs 165 165
Engine type N55B30T0 N55B30T0
Engine Technology M TwinPower Turbo technology: TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing
Cylinders 6 6
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Stroke mm 89.6 89.6
Bore mm 84 84
Displacement cm³ 2979 2979
Compression rate :1 10.2 10.2
Engine power bHP@rpm 365@6500 365@6500
Engine torque ft-lbs@rpm 343@1400-5560 343@1400-5560
Comm. torque (Overboost: 369 lb-ft) (Overboost: 369 lb-ft)
Fuel type gasoline gasoline
Useable Fuel quality AKI 91 MIN AKI 91 MIN
recomm. AKI 93 AKI 93
Air resistance CdxA 0.35 x 2.21 0.35 x 2.21
Transmission designation M DKG 436 K
Transmission type DKG manual transmission
Gear ratios
1st gear 4.806 4.11
2nd 2.593 2.315
3rd 1.701 1.542
4th 1.277 1.179
5th 1 1
6th 0.844 0.846
7th 0.671
Reverse gear 4.172 3.727
Final drive ratio 3.462 3.462
Chasssis and Suspension
Power-steering EPS EPS
Steering transmission, overall :1 15 15
Front tires 245/35 ZR19 (93Y) 245/35 ZR19 (93Y)
Front rims 9Jx19 EH2+ LM 9Jx19 EH2+ LM
Rear tires 265/35 ZR19 (98Y) 265/35 ZR19 (98Y)
Rear rims 10Jx19 EH2 LM 10Jx19 EH2 LM
Track front [inch] inch 62.2 62.2
Rear track [inch] inch 63 63
Run flat tires no no
Suspension Front Aluminum double-joint spring strut axle in lightweight construction with M-specific elastokinematics
Suspension Rear Aluminum five-link axle in lightweight construction with M-specific elastokinematics
Brakes Front Four-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes / vented
Brakes Rear Double-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes / vented
Driving Stability Systems Standard: DSC incl ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Dry Braking function, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, Active M Differential linked to Integrated Chassis Management (ICM)
Safety Equipment Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter at the front seats
Steering overall ratio :1 15.0
    M2 DKG M2
Top speed mph 155 155
0-60 mph s 4.2 4.4
Emission classification (type-certified) ULEV II ULEV II
Electrical Systems
Battery Capacity (low voltage) Ah 80 80
System voltage (low voltage) V 12 12
BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics standard features Brake Energy Regeneration, electromechanical power steering, Automatic Start/Stop function, intelligent lightweight construction, on-demand operation of ancillary units, differential with optimized-warm-up behavior, map-regulated oil pump


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Euro Hype: BMW Bringing M4 GTS To America (Gallery)

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Its official: BMW is not playing around.  Late yesterday it was announced that not only would they be producing a GTS variant of the M4 coupe but the GTS will be sold in North America for the first time.  Those familiar with BMW know that GTS variants are nothing new.  The M3 was offered in GTS for quite some time but as I mentioned earlier, it has never been sold in America.  The closest thing we got was the M3 Lime Rock Park edition.  However that is all about to change with the new M4 GTS.

So, what makes a “GTS” a “GTS”?  There are many differences but the two main factors are more power and less weight.  The M4 GTS will have 493 horsepower which is an extra 68 horses over a standard M4 coupe.  BMW credits the power boost to a water injection system, the first ever used in a production car.  What is water injection you ask?  Well in a nutshell it works like this: water is sprayed into the intake chamber to lower the temperature of the air.  Lower air temperatures allows for more optimal spark tuning which equals more power.  By now you are probably asking  “Isn’t putting water in an engine really, really bad?”  Normally yes, but the solution here is that the water is sprayed in a very fine mist so that as soon as it absorbs the heat from the air it evaporates before it could ever become a problem.  It is a method that has been used in race cars for years and it looks like BMW is bringing this engineering trick to the streets.

The other part of the GTS equation is weight.  The M4 GTS will come in at 3,329lbs by DIN standards.  The weight varies a bit depending on where the car is sold but no matter how its sliced it will be at least 100lbs (and as much as 200lbs) lighter than a standard M4.  The weight loss is due to a diet of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in places like the hood and driveshaft.  More weight is lost in the exhaust system which features a titanium muffler and forged wheels which are unfortunately and weirdly half-painted in an “acid orange” color.

The M4 GTS comes equipped with an M coil over set up which is 3-way adjustable by the driver to suit various driving conditions.  Grip is provided by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and power is transferred via a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, which is the only transmission offered.  That part may be a bit of a bummer to those who prefer rowing through a traditional H-pattern shifter.  Helping the GTS stop is a set of carbon-ceramic brakes.

Beyond the power, weight loss, and use of carbon the GTS has tons of other treatments, gadgets, and features to make it unique.  BMW even used OLED tech for the taillights.  The interior has all the usual suspects as well from sporty gauges, carbon fiber, and alcantara.  However the bucket seats you’ll see in the pictures likely will not make it to the U.S. versions of the car.

That reminds me; only 700 M4 GTS’ will be produced and only 300 of those are bound for America.  Which means by the time you finish reading this sentence they are probably all reserved despite the fact that the actual price hasn’t been announced yet.  Although I’d expect the GTS to come in somewhere between $75k and $80k before dealers slap on their “we’re going to take advantage of how much you want this car” mark up.

Unfortunately this means for schmoes like me the M4 GTS is out of reach.  Thus, the gallery of pictures will have to suffice.  Here is hoping that BMW brings one to the LA Auto Show so I at least get to see one up close!.  For HD resolution pics just click on any of the thumbnails in the gallery below.  For more info check out the incredibly lengthy press release below that.

Press Release:

First production road car with a Water Injection System

  • World-exclusive OLED light technology
  • Specially designed full three-way adjustable M coilover suspension
  • Intelligent lightweight body design
  • Most agile, radical and powerful M4 ever


Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: EMBARGO: October 6, 2015 6:01 pm EDT /3:01 pm PDT … BMW today announced the new 2016 BMW M4 GTS giving BMW M GmbH a new and exclusive technological masterpiece which elevates the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to an impressive new level. With its powerful, motorsport-inspired looks and high-performance technology, the BMW M4 GTS has its sights set squarely on the race track. Thanks to an innovative water injection system helping boost power to 493 bHP and track ready chassis, this Special Edition M vehicle recorded a lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most challenging race circuit, making a clear statement about this model’s exceptional dynamic abilities. At the same time, the sharpest BMW M4 of all can also hold its own on public roads. BMW M GmbH is launching the BMW M4 GTS in a special edition limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 available for the first time in the US market. In so doing, it is highlighting the innovative flair of the BMW M engineers in developing trailblazing M technologies on the powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction fronts.

“Special Edition models sharpen the character of the BMW M brand and embody an emotionally rich and exclusive driving experience. We’ve taken a radical route with the set-up of the BMW M4 GTS to create a sports machine for the race track that delivers top-end dynamics and inspirational performance. It allows us to demonstrate what is possible today with a road-legal car. Owners can drive their BMW M4 GTS to circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring or Laguna Seca – for clubsport events, for example – and then set lap times there that raise the bar to extremely high levels for road-legal cars.” says Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH.

Performance boost courtesy of innovative water injection.

At the heart of each and every BMW M model is its engine. The BMW M4 GTS uses the multi-award-winning M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line engine from the BMW M4, capable of 7,600 rpm but adds innovative water injection technology to give the 3.0-liter unit a substantial power boost. Unusually high-revving for a turbocharged engine, it offers linear power delivery over a wide engine speed range. An innovative water injection system, used for the first time in a road car, takes this 6-cylinder in-line turbocharged unit to new performance heights by relaxing the thermal constraints on power and torque. The system has already proved itself on race tracks around the world on board the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, this year’s lead safety car in the world’s top motorcycle racing series.

The engine develops its maximum power of 493 bHP – an increase of 16 percent over the BMW M4 – at 6,250 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by 10 percent to 442 lb-ft, and is maintained over a very wide rev band (4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm). It accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, on the way to a governed top speed of 189.5 mph. Despite the significant extra power, the engine also excels on fuel efficiency, providing similar levels to those found in the BMW M4 Coupe.

Innovative water injection system.

The BMW M4 GTS is the first production road car to be fitted with a trailblazing water injection system. With this arrangement, the BMW M engineers have utilized the principle that water absorbs heat from the surrounding air when it changes phases. Water is injected as a fine spray into the intake manifold plenum chamber where it evaporates (phase change), significantly lowering the temperature of the intake air. This action reduces the final compression temperature in the combustion chamber, minimizes the risk of knock and allows the turbocharged engine to operate with higher boost pressure and advanced spark timing. The result is increased power and torque, and a substantial improvement in efficiency. Despite the extra power output, thermal stress on all performance-related components is reduced. All of these features ultimately help to diminish wear and prolong engine life.

Increased power, reduced full-throttle fuel consumption.

The benefits of water injection can be utilized in various ways, depending on engine and vehicle type. In particular the engineers have considerable latitude when deciding how to balance their priorities between increased power and fuel efficiency. If water injection is taken into account in the design of a high-performance engine right from the start, it is possible to use turbochargers with a higher boost ratio and compression ratio. At the same time, power losses due to an increase in ambient temperature (> 68° F) can be compensated by increasing the amount of water injected.

The engineering behind intake temperature.

The output of an internal combustion engine is physically limited by the operating temperature in the combustion chamber. If a given operating temperature is exceeded, this will result in uncontrolled combustion (knock), leading to power losses and, in the worst case, to severe engine damage. This is particularly relevant in the case of turbocharged engines, where the intake air is heated in the turbocharger compressor to as much as 320° F. Although intercooling can be used to cool the pressurized air, the capacity of intercooling systems is physically limited. Depending on the design and size of the system, and the aerodynamics of the vehicle, it is only possible to use an intercooler to reduce the intake air temperature by as much as 160° F before it enters the plenum chamber. This means that simply rising engine power by increasing boost pressure is not an option as it would mean exceeding the knock threshold.

This is where the BMW M division’s solution comes in: if water is injected in a fine spray mist into the intake plenum chamber, it is possible to reduce the temperature of the intake air by an additional 80° F. This further cooling of the pressurized air makes it possible to advance the spark timing closer to the optimal value. This results in a more efficient combustion process, while at the same time reducing the final combustion temperature. An additional advantage is the fact that cool air is more dense which increases the amount of oxygen in the combustion mixture and results in a higher mean combustion pressure, leading to optimized power and torque development. This efficient in-cylinder cooling system also reduces the thermal stress on a broad range of components including not only the pistons, exhaust valves and catalytic converter but also, due to the lower exhaust gas temperatures, the turbocharger.

Water injection raises the knock threshold.

Using water injection to raise the knock threshold also goes a long way towards resolving a fundamental conflict in the design of high-performance engines, caused by the fact that power output and fuel consumption are closely dependent on compression ratio. This is particularly true in the case of highly turbocharged engines like the M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line engine. Here, a high compression ratio provides high efficiency and low fuel consumption at low and medium throttle. In the full-throttle range, however, the compression ratio is limited by the knock threshold. Water injection provides a particularly effective way of raising the knock threshold, allowing for a higher compression ratio. The end result is optimized power output over a wide operating range.

Clever practical implementation of the water injection system.

The BMW M division’s engineers opted for an arrangement of three water injectors in the intake plenum chamber where each supply water to two of the straight-6 engine’s cylinders. This solution makes for uniform water distribution and a compact system design.

An underfloor compartment in the trunk houses a 1.3 gallon water tank, the water pump, sensors and valves. The pump and all the sensors and actuators are controlled by an expanded engine management system. The pump supplies water to the injectors at a pressure of approximately 145 psi. The injection quantity can be varied depending on load, engine speed and temperature, which helps to keep water consumption to a minimum. Under hard driving on the track, the water tank might have to be topped up every time the vehicle is refueled. However under normal everyday operating conditions, the intervals are much longer. Even in highway driving, the water tank only needs topping up at every fifth refueling interval. Otherwise the system is maintenance-free, for maximum everyday practicality.

The BMW M water injection system is equipped with a sophisticated self-diagnosis system. If the water tank runs dry, or in the event of a system malfunction, appropriate measures are taken to protect the engine. Boost pressure and spark timing are adjusted, allowing the engine to continue to operate safely. Even when things are working normally, a variety of precautions are taken to keep the system fully functional. Every time the engine is switched off, all the water in the hose system is drained into the tank to prevent system components from icing up in sub-zero temperatures. The water tank is frost-proof.

Additional engine highlights.

The BMW M4 GTS turbocharged engine features a very rigid closed-deck crankcase design that makes it possible to develop higher pressure in the cylinder for improved power output. Instead of liners, the cylinder bores feature a twin-wire arc-sprayed coating, which results in a significant reduction in engine weight.

A further technical highlight is the forged and highly torsionally rigid crankshaft which, as well as providing increased torque-carrying capacity, is also lighter. The substantial reduction in rotating masses results in improved throttle response and acceleration.

On the track, the high performance capability of the BMW M4 GTS places extra demands on the engine oil supply system. In designing this system, the BMW M division has once again taken full advantage of its extensive motorsport experience. The aluminum oil sump is designed to limit the movement of the oil under the influence of strong lateral forces, while an oil suction pump and a sophisticated oil return system to the turbocharger help to maintain stable oil circulation under extreme acceleration and deceleration. Oil is supplied continuously to all engine components in all driving situations, whether in everyday driving or during a hard weekend drive at the track.

The typical BMW M exhaust system design features four tailpipes, in this case each with an 80-millimeter diameter and laser-engraved M emblem. The expected performance car engine exhaust note is provided by a carefully designed lightweight titanium rear silencer. This set-up provides a striking, emotionally charged and unmistakable BMW M sound over the entire engine speed range, minimizing exhaust back-pressure while giving precise feedback on engine load. Additionally the driver can adjust the exhaust note profile depending on which of the various preconfigured drive modes is selected.

M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The BMW M4 GTS engine’s M TwinPower Turbo package comprises two fast-responding mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift control and Double-VANOS continuously variable camshaft timing. The result is smooth and efficient power delivery with extremely sharp response.

7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

The BMW M Division’s 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic (M DCT) sets standards in terms of smooth power delivery, lightning quick up-shift gear changes, perfect rev-matching downshifts and track-ready design. In addition to automatic shifting, this highly advanced transmission also enables shifting without torque interruption, using the steering wheel shift paddles or center console mounted gear lever. Manual mode also offers a specially configured Launch Control system that provides ultra-fast acceleration off the line, with optimal gear changes for the subsequent upshifts.

Drivelogic offers a choice of three shift programs.

The Drivelogic program for the 7-speed M double-clutch transmission offers three selectable shift programs, which can be engaged using the Drivelogic button on the center console. These programs differ in terms of engagement speed and the rpm points at which the gearshifts take place. The spectrum ranges from extremely sporty to a more relaxed, yet dynamic shifting. A further M function, Stability Clutch Control, provides assistance in sporty driving situations. It automatically disengages the clutch when necessary to prevent oversteer.

Unbeatable precision and clear feedback chassis. The perfect ally for BMW M Power.

The BMW M division specializes in developing cars that combine precise steering, outstanding agility with a refined driving experience and superb traction and stability. All BMW M models – including the new BMW M4 GTS – unite excellent track capability that has been tested on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), the most challenging racing circuit in the world, with high standards of everyday driveability. At the same time, the BMW M4 GTS’s enhanced performance and track capabilities are backed up by additional refinements on the chassis front.

Aluminum and Carbon-Fiber construction support the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

First and foremost, an ultra-dynamic driving experience depends on a suspension system that combines low weight with high stiffness. Just like the BMW M4, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with lightweight aluminum control arms, wheel carriers and axle subframes. On the double-joint spring-strut front axle alone, this cuts weight by more than 10 pounds compared with conventional steel components. Play-free ball joints and specially developed elastomer bearings provide optimal, direct transmission of longitudinal and transverse forces. The aluminum stiffening plate, CFRP front strut tower brace and additional bolted connections between the axle subframe and body structure all make for a stiffer front end.

At the rear, all control arms and wheel carriers on the five-link axle are of forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses by more than 6 pounds compared with a conventional design. The racing-derived rigid connection between the rear axle subframe and the body, dispensing with rubber bushings, improves wheel location and tracking stability.

Specially designed full three-way M coilover suspension

The BMW M4 GTS features a three-way adjustable coilover suspension with mechanically adjustable compression and rebound settings, with precise independent adjustment of low-speed and high-speed compression. This allows the suspension to be customized to the characteristics of different tracks. Moreover, the anti-roll bars and support mounts are closely matched to the significantly increased engine power and are specifically designed for the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

Precise engineering also extend to the steering system.

The steering system has also been adapted to the BMW M4 GTS’s track capabilities. The steering torque curve, always critical for a smooth steering feel, has been further optimized by modifications to the front suspension kinematics and the incorporation of features such as asymmetric steering support mounts and a motorsport-derived, custom-designed, milled swivel bearing. This design allows optimized axle geometry for lateral dynamics and steering torque, which again translates to enhanced driving dynamics.

The swivel bearing also allows the use of 9.5 inch wide front wheels. The higher damper clamp in conjunction with the ball joint in the front axle support mount results in substantially increased camber stiffness. It also provides faster response to lateral forces, which is already enhanced by the wider wheels. For further improved lateral grip, the BMW M engineers have retained the 19-inch front tires, while the rear axle makes use of 10.5 inch wide wheels running on 20 inch diameter tires. The front camber setting has been adapted to a minus two degree setting for increased cornering lateral forces.

Further enhanced rear-wheel drive with Active M Differential.

Other features helping to add an extra edge to the driving dynamics include the rear differential’s hollow lightweight output shafts and the Active M Differential. To optimize traction and stability, the latter uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential, which is adapted to the significantly enhanced performance capability of the BMW M4 GTS. The multi-plate limited-slip differential is proactively controlled with extremely high precision and speed. Its control unit is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system and takes into account accelerator pedal position, wheel speeds and vehicle yaw. All driving situations can therefore be precisely analyzed and an imminent loss of traction at one side of the vehicle is identified at a very early stage. When necessary, the system reacts with split-second speed to vary the locking action, which can be anywhere between zero and 100 percent. This prevents wheel spin on low-traction surfaces, on split-traction surfaces with a big difference in friction coefficient between the left and right rear wheels, on tight hairpin bends or during fast steering maneuvers. The optimized traction also provides superb stability in challenging conditions and allows to optimally transfer the power to the ground while accelerating out of corners.

Electronic assistance systems adjustable to personal driving style.

M Dynamic Mode (MDM), a special DSC mode, can be activated whenever drivers want an extra-sporty driving experience. Whereas DSC focuses on correcting understeer or oversteer, M Dynamic Mode allows more wheel slip for controlled drifting. This mode caters to sporty-minded drivers, although – unlike DSC OFF mode – the system still intervenes if the vehicle reaches a critical stability threshold. The DSC system and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) have been configured to take into account the BMW M4 GTS’s increased performance and its newly developed three-way coilover suspension.

Tire development was integrated into the suspension set-up right from the start. For high-performance sports cars like the BMW M4 GTS, steering feel and precision are a particularly important priority when developing the front tires, alongside lateral stability and the transmission of braking forces, while for the rear tires the focus is on traction, lateral stability and directional stability. To meet the very highest dynamic standards, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with low-weight, high-stiffness forged wheels running on mixed-size Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R19; rear: 285/30 R20). The 19-inch front wheels (9.5 J x 19) improve steering precision, while the 20-inch (10.5 J x 20) rear wheels provide outstanding traction and an optimal transfer of drive power to the road. The Cup tires complement the fine-tuned suspension set-up by ensuring optimal traction and precise feedback for exceptionally agile handling.

The electromechanical steering system was also developed in-house by the BMW M division. Strong points of this specially configured steering system, which forms the key control interface between driver and vehicle, include its direct steering feel and precise feedback. To further improve driver feedback, BMW M engineers opted for no elastic section in the BMW M4 GTS steering column. The integrated Servotronic function electronically adjusts the level of power assist according to road speed, providing optimal steering characteristics at all speeds. The Servotronic button on the center console offers three different settings, each with its own specific profile: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+. These settings can be programmed into the M1 and M2 buttons in the M Drive menu. They can then be activated while driving by pressing the appropriate steering wheel button. In each case the level of steering assistance is adapted to the current requirements and the driver’s personal preferences.

Choice of drive settings – from moderately sporty to extremely sporty.

The characteristics of the electronic accelerator pedal can be customized using the M Driving Dynamic Control system. On the road, the settings can be configured for a more temperate sporty performance. For track use, on the other hand, priority can be given to instantaneous and explosive power delivery. It is also possible, using the M Drive menu or the DSC OFF button, to choose one of three different settings for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system (DSC, MDM or DSC OFF), while different shift characteristics for the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission can be selected using the Drivelogic button on the center console. In this way, drivers can choose their own personal combination of drive settings, putting the accent either on the extreme sporty performance of which the BMW M4 GTS is capable or on somewhat more tempered dynamism. Via the M Drive menu, two sets of preferred personal configurations can be programmed into the M1 or M2 steering wheel buttons for instant access. The personalized settings for all the relevant systems can then be activated while driving at a single touch of the appropriate button.

Nürburgring Tested – Ultra-high performance M Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

In keeping with its outstanding performance potential, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with lightweight, optimized, ultra-high-performance M carbon ceramic brakes, which are designed for a further enhanced track capability and longer life. The brakes are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC).

The brake discs are made up of two elements: the support body with the cooling ducts is made out of a high carbon fiber content, while the inner and outer friction layers have a high ceramic content. The brake disc hub is of compound design and made of aluminum. It is connected to the brake disc ring by radial friction bearings. This design, with the special friction layer, gives the carbon ceramic brake discs an operating life of several times that of conventional brake discs. The modified rear brake system of the BMW M4 GTS features modified specifications for an improved friction coefficient. At the same time, the front brake guards have been adapted to improve ventilation.

Visually, the M carbon ceramic brakes can be distinguished by their gold-painted 6-piston (front) or four-piston (rear) brake calipers with colored M logo. Particularly during high-performance driving on the track, they boast excellent modulation, outstanding deceleration capabilities and stable, fade-resistant performance. Being much lighter than a conventional brake system, they also contribute to the all-round reduction in unsprung masses and therefore also enhance driving dynamics.

Intelligent lightweight design

Intelligent lightweight engineering, already a vital consideration for the BMW M4, has been taken to new and even more uncompromising levels on the BMW M4 GTS. The goal was to minimize curb weight in order to give the new model outstanding driving dynamics, top-class agility and highest efficiency. Rigorous weight reduction measures include even the smallest details of the BMW M4 GTS, delivering a DIN curb weight of 3,329 pounds (ECE curb weight: 3,494 lbs). Its outstanding weight to power ratio of roughly 6.5 lbs/hp provides the perfect platform for a highly dynamic driving experience.

The low weight of the BMW M4 GTS improves not only performance but also dynamics and handling. Drivers perceive the benefits in the form of even more responsive steering, more precise cornering, shorter stopping distances and new levels of control when pushing the vehicle to its limits.

High-tech carbon construction reduces weight.

Like the BMW M4 Coupe, the BMW M4 GTS has a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof that is more than 13 pounds lighter than a corresponding metal roof. Lightweight, robust CFRP is also used for the hood, which is approximately 25 percent lighter than its aluminum counterpart on the BMW M4. Both of these lightweight components play an important role in lowering the center of gravity (CG) and improving axle load distribution. In the BMW M4 GTS, BMW reaps the benefits of its many years’ experience in high-tech carbon construction. The use of CFRP continues under the skin as well, for example in components such as the instrument panel support.

The contoured roof line with the typical center channel carries over into the trunk lid, emphasizing the very sporty personality of the BMW M4 GTS. The geometry of the trunk lid, which is made of CFRP and plastic, is precisely designed to optimize the rear aerodynamics and to help direct air to the lightweight CFRP rear spoiler. The spoiler is attached to the trunk lid by two CNC-milled aluminum supports, each consisting of an intricate strut arrangement that optimally combines high stiffness with very low weight.

Lightweight exposed carbon fiber is also on display in the adjustable splitter underneath the BMW M4 GTS’s front apron and in the rear apron diffuser. Exterior lightweight design measures continue with the exclusive forged, machine-polished, low-weight BMW M star-spoke wheels in Acid Orange and the M carbon ceramic brakes, both of which not only cut down on overall weight but also significantly reduce unsprung masses. The M engineers have also extended their uncompromising focus on lightweight engineering to the sports exhaust system, which features a titanium rear silencer. The BMW M4 GTS’s sports exhaust system produces an authentic racing engine note while providing a 20 percent weight reduction when compared to a stainless steel component.

Extensive weight reduction continues under the skin.

Needless to say, lightweight engineering is not just confined to the visible areas of the body. For example, the BMW M4 GTS’s single-piece driveshaft is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is even lighter than the corresponding component in the BMW M4. The low mass and high stiffness of the CFRP means that the driveshaft can be produced as a single-piece component, without a center bearing. This achieves weight savings of 40 percent over a conventional component, with a simultaneous reduction in rotating masses. This in turn results in improved powertrain dynamics and better response.

All weight-saving measures are designed with an eye to improved driving dynamics. A good example is the CFRP strut brace in the engine compartment. Weighing a little over 3 pounds, it offers superior stiffness to a comparable aluminum component. At the same time it plays a key part in ensuring eager turn-in and excellent steering precision.

Authentic racing feel in the interior.

The many lightweight features in the interior of the BMW M4 GTS don’t just save weight, they also exude an authentic racing feel. This Special Edition vehicle is fitted with different bucket-style M sports seats in Alcantara (including lightweight backrests with cut-outs). In between the seats, the BMW M4 GTS boasts a new, asymmetrically styled lightweight center console that shaves around 30 percent off the weight of the corresponding component in the BMW M4 Coupe.

A further weight-saving measure is the deletion of the rear seats. This area is now trimmed in glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP), with a carbon sandwich bulkhead to the rear. Both of these elements are designed for reduced weight, a lower center of gravity and maximum stiffness. The across-the-board lightweight engineering approach also extends to the door panel trim and rear side panel trim with modified design geometry and special lightweight construction based on renewable natural materials. Conventional door handles are replaced by door release pull loops, while Alcantara trim makes an appearance only on the armrests. The weight of the door panel trim has been reduced in half compared with standard components.

Three-dimensional front-end design.

Viewed from the front, the visual features that stand out the most are its muscular contours and the prominent three-dimensionality of its lines, which lend it a particularly expressive face. Characteristic design elements, such as a cutting-edge design take on the familiar twin circular headlamps with LED technology, the eye-catching front grille with M double bars in black and the powerfully sculpted front apron with its trio of large air intakes, dedicated to cooling the high-performance engine and brakes, immediately set it apart as the work of BMW M and spotlight its even more sportier pretensions. Needless to say, the BMW M4 GTS also features the striking M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style and hallmark powerdome on the hood. The carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood is painted in body color and features a large air outlet. Thanks to the use of CFRP, the hood weighs 25 percent less than an aluminum equivalent, which helps both to lower the car’s center of gravity and further improve the balance of weight between the front and rear axle. The air outlet on the hood optimizes the airflow and reduces lift at the front axle. The front end’s weight-minimized splitter is made from lightweight exposed carbon fiber, has a contrasting stripe in bright Acid Orange running along its leading edge and can be set in two positions for road or track. The splitter divides the surging air, channeling part of it deliberately under the car to optimize aerodynamics. Here, the airflow is accelerated on its way to the carbon-fiber diffuser at the rear.

Low-slung silhouette, dynamic lines.

The flanks of the BMW M4 GTS pick up the dynamic verve of its front end and extend it rearwards. Hallmark BMW proportions – long hood, long wheelbase, set-back greenhouse, short overhangs – are emphasized by M design elements. Muscular wheel arches and dramatic surfacing translate the dynamic potential of the BMW M4 GTS into tangible form. This potential is accentuated by the M gills – in high-gloss black like the kidney grille surround – which fulfills both a stylistic and functional role. The gills house Air Breathers, which team up with Air Curtains in the front apron to optimize airflow through the wheel arches and enhance aerodynamics in the process.

The combination of a dark-colored, clear-coated CFRP roof and contoured roofline gives the BMW M4 GTS a hunkered-down look, with the cant rails painted in body color perceived as the car’s highest point. The flowing roofline lends an extra touch of elegance to the ultra-sporty appearance of the BMW M4 GTS. The large, forged M light-alloy wheels, featuring distinctive star-spoke design in Acid Orange and polished surfacing, appear to fill the wheel arches even more completely and give the BMW M4 GTS a compact, powerful appearance. The car’s lines pick up speed again as they stream rearwards, accentuate the body’s aerodynamic flow and, at the same time, add muscle to the rear end.

Rear wing and diffuser made from lightweight CFRP.

The back end of the BMW M4 GTS can be distinguished clearly from that of the BMW M4 Coupe. On the trunk lid, for example, an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing resting on intricate, CNC-machined aluminum struts provides a head-turning design feature. The rear wing can be adjusted through three positions – one for road driving and two others that can be selected according to individual preference on the track. Identifying features of the BMW M4 include the flared rear wheel arches which, together with the car’s wide track, underline its confident appearance. The double-chamber exhaust system, with its two pairs of tailpipes, is another signature BMW M feature. Here, the titanium tailpipes – with their 80-millimeter diameter and laser-engraved M logo – are another reference to the standalone character of the BMW M4 GTS. They are framed by a clearly structured rear apron and flank the exposed carbon-fiber diffuser. The diffuser forms a single aerodynamic unit with the rear wing and front splitter, which is likewise made from carbon fiber. They work together to optimize airflow and, in so doing, improve downforce and roadholding.

The trunk lid of the BMW M4 GTS also performs an integral aerodynamic role. Its specifically contoured lines channel the air at the rear of the car and improve airflow to the rear wing. In this way, the pair of lines spawned by the powerdome on the hood and extending over the CFRP roof in clearly defined contours reach their journey’s end at the trunk lid.

World premiere for OLED rear lights.

The rear lights of the BMW M4 GTS are the first of any series-produced vehicle to feature BMW Organic Light with OLED technology. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) generate their light using wafer-thin layers of semi-conducting organic materials. Unlike LEDs, which emit their light in the form of points, OLEDs light up over their full surface with a homogeneous effect. Their flat design (they measure just 1.4 millimeters in height) and the ability to trigger individual light modules separately open up fresh possibilities for a characteristic and distinctive BMW lighting design – both at night and daylight.

Pure-bred, exclusive interior offers flawless ergonomics.

The M sports steering wheel, likewise covered in exclusive, anthracite-colored Alcantara, represents a clear nod to motor racing and is exceptionally grippy. A perforated stripe in contrasting Acid Orange at the “12 o’clock” position on the wheel marks the steering’s central positon, which comes in handy when the driver is pushing hard on the track. The Alcantara-covered interior trim strip has a perforated GTS badge with Acid Orange highlighting. The new center console of the BMW M4 GTS is asymmetric in design and lightweight in construction. Like the handbrake lever gaiter, it is covered in anthracite-colored Alcantara with edging adorned with dark grey contrast stitching.

The interior door panels and rear side panels also include lightweight design elements produced specially for the BMW M4 GTS. These display a new, purist geometry and are made from renewable raw materials. For example, the handles normally found on the inside of the doors are replaced here by pull loops which, like the seat belts, also come in black and feature longitudinal stripes in the signature M colors. Together with the Alcantara covering used for the armrests only, the door trim deepens the stripped-back and purpose-driven character of the interior. The omission of a rear seat bench takes this approach to another new level. The rear seat surfaces are replaced by an innovative glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) shelf, combined with a rear panel made in a carbon-fiber sandwich construction. Lowering the car’s weight and center of gravity, while also ensuring unbeatable rigidity, once again took priority here.

A central feature of the interior is the roll bar, which is made from high-strength steels and mounted behind the front seats. Its Acid Orange paint finish provides another color accent, and its influence is not confined to the interior; visible from the outside, it also helps shape the overall perception of the BMW M4 GTS and signals the car’s sense of purpose and racing intent.

A fire extinguisher containing two kilograms of extinguishing agent is another safety feature of the interior. It is fitted centrally behind the front seats within easy reach of both driver and passenger.

Wide range of carefully selected standard equipment.

The BMW M4 GTS underlines its impressive dynamic caliber with a range of specifically selected and exclusive equipment fitted at the factory. As well as the high-quality Alcantara/Merino leather interior trim, this includes the BMW Navigation system, air conditioning, Adaptive LED Headlights, Park Distance Control (PDC) front and rear, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim. A selection of signature BMW M equipment features such as M door sill finishers, an M footrest, an M gearshift lever, M-specific circular instruments with white graphics, an M sports steering wheel with Alcantara covering and a central position marker in Acid Orange, plus electroplated-look gearshift paddles, round off the overall package. Four color shades are available for the exterior paintwork. Customers can also choose from Sapphire Black metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Alpine White and Frozen Dark Grey Metallic paint finish.


The new BMW M4 GTS.

Technical Specifications.


    BMW M4 GTS  
No of doors/seats 2/2
Length/width/height (unladen) mm 4698/1870/1383
Wheelbase mm 2812
Track, front/rear mm 1596/1604
Ground clearance mm 108
Turning circle m 12.2
Fuel tank capacity app ltr 60
Cooling system incl heater ltr 10.0
Engine oil1) ltr 7.0
Weight, unladen, to DIN/EU kg 1510/1585
Max load to DIN kg 390
Max permissible weight kg 1900
Max axle load, front/rear kg 975/1000
Max trailer load,

Braked (12%)/unbraked

kg —/—
Max roofload/max towbar download kg —/—
Luggage comp capacity ltr 445
Air resistance2 cd x A 0.34 x 2.25
Power Unit
Config/No of cyls/valves In-line/6/4
Engine technology M TwinPower Turbo technology: two MonoScroll turbochargers,

High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, Water Injection

Effective capacity cc 2979
Stroke/bore mm 89.6/84.0
Compression ratio :1 10.2
Fuel min. RON 95
Max output bHP 493
at rpm 6250
Max torque lb-ft 442
at rpm 4000–5500
Electrical System
Battery/installation Ah/– 69/Luggage compartment
Alternator A/W 209/2926
Driving Dynamics and Safety
Suspension, front Three-way M coilover suspension with aluminum double-joint spring-strut axle and M-specific elastokinematics
Suspension, rear Three-way M coilover suspension with five-link axle in lightweight construction
Brakes, front M carbon ceramic disc brakes vented with 6-piston fixed callipers
Brakes, rear M carbon ceramic disc brakes vented with four-piston fixed callipers
Driving stability systems Standard: DSC incl ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Dry Braking function, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, Active M Differential linked to Integrated Chassis Management (ICM)
Safety equipment Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter
Steering Electric Power Steering (EPS) with M-specific Servotronic function
Steering ratio, overall :1 15.0
Tyres, front/rear 265/35 ZR19 98Y

285/30 ZR20 99Y

Rims, front/rear 9.5J x 19 Light Alloy

10.5J x 20 Light Alloy


    BMW M4 GTS  
Type of transmission Seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
Gear ratios                          I :1 4.806
                                                II :1 2.593
                                                III :1 1.701
                                                IV :1 1.277
                                                V :1 1.000
                                                VI :1 0.844
                                                VII :1 0.671
                                                R :1 4.172
Final drive :1 3.462
Output per litre bHP/ltr 165.5
Acceleration           0–60 mph sec 3.7
Top speed mph 189.5
BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics standard features Brake Energy Regeneration, electromechanical power steering, Automatic Start/Stop function, Optimum Gearshift Indicator in manual mode, intelligent lightweight construction, on-demand operation of ancillary units, map-regulated oil pump, Li-ion battery, differential with optimised warm-up behaviour, aerodynamics (Air Curtains, Air Breathers, underside panelling, front spoiler, rear wing with gurney flap)

Specifications apply to ACEA markets/data relevant to homologation apply in part only to Germany (weight)


1) Oil change

2) Provisional data

3) Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions depend on the selected tyre format


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Hype: BMW Brings Storied ZHP Package To 435i To Create The 435i ZHP Edition

Posted on 05.20.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

435i Coupe ZHP Edition

What if someone who was buying a BMW at a dealership decided that they wanted “the works”?  In other words they checked off every single box in the performance options list including a few secret ones that not many others knew about?  Now imagine of all those options were combined into one package to spare someone from the labor intensive task of checking boxes?  This imaginary package is in reality what was known to BMW as the “ZHP” package.  The ZHP package was created back when BMW was producing the E46 3 series back in the day.  The ZHP package for the E46 came with an upgraded suspension, re-tuned ECU for more power, an M-Tech II aero package, and finally a special ZHP shift knob.  Sadly the ZHP package was retired after the E46’s run ended in 2006.

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However, the more fun loving white jacket wearing engineers at BMW have decided to bring back the ZHP package for a limited run by creating a “ZHP Edition” 435i.  The ZHP Edition brings the following to the 435i:

Track handling package: 18 inch “orbit grey” wheels, M Sport brakes, and adaptive M Suspension.
M Performance mechanical limited slip differential.
M Performance engine kit: re-tuned ECU and M Performance air intake, the combination of which provides an extra 35hp and quicker 0 to 60 time.
M Performance exhaust which is 8.8lbs lighter than the stock unit.
M Performance Aerodynamics package: CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) front splitter, rear spoiler, rear diffuser and blacked out kidney grills.

Buyers of the ZHP package can also expect various limited edition badges and decals further separating their 435i from the norm.  The ZHP 435i can be had with a six speed manual or an 8 speed automatic sport transmission and can be had in Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic colors.   Production of the ZHP 435i starts in July and pricing will be announced “closer to the release” according to BMW.  Interested parties can buy the ZHP 435i from select “BMW M Centers” and I would suggest visiting one of those centers now as BMW has also announced that only 100 ZHP Edition 435i’s will be produced.

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For more info check out the press release below and for pictures simply click on any of the thumbnails in this post for high definition shots.

Press Release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 19, 2015… Paying tribute to the iconic ZHP Performance Package, BMW today released details for a 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. The original ZHP option code was created by BMW Individual as a performance package for the 2003-2006 E46 3 Series that included the M-Tech II body kit, a ZHP shifter knob and shifter, upgraded suspension parts and settings, a different DME and special cam shafts that raised power output to 235 hp and allowed for a higher redline. Fulfilling the desires of true enthusiasts, the package was soon referred to by its internal option package code ‘ZHP’. BMW of North America embraced the thirst for the unique BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition once more resulting in the unique collaboration between factory options and key elements from the exciting BMW M Performance Accessory catalogue. Only 100 of these very special cars will be offered.

The new BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition is not just a vehicle with improved optics and aerodynamics; it is also notably quicker with more precise handling. These components take the vehicle’s capabilities to levels that those familiar with BMW’s racing heritage can appreciate. The BMW M Performance line of accessories provides a distinctive, sporty character to further enhance driving dynamics and is the result of years of racing expertise and has been developed in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH. Each component goes through an intensive development and manufacturing process resulting in uncompromised performance. Exclusive chassis, aerodynamic, cockpit and powertrain components are found throughout the BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition. Key characteristics are:

  • Track Handling Package, new for MY16
  • BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
  • BMW M Performance Parts
  • M Sport Package

Track Handling Package

Designed to increase the dynamic capabilities of the already agile BMW 435i, the Track Handling Package adds 18” Orbit Grey V-Spoke Wheels and M Sport Brakes with 4 piston fixed front and 2 piston fixed rear calipers adding to the vehicles thirst and drivers demand for speed and acceleration. Moreover, this package incorporates the Adaptive M Suspension with variable damper technology as well as Variable Sport Steering.

BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential

Designed and created for BMW enthusiasts, the mechanical Limited Slip Differential provides the extra performance advantage that true performance drivers desire. This differential utilizes 3 clutch plates for a total of 30% lockup on acceleration and 9% lockup on deceleration. This lockup provides instant power to the wheel that has the greatest amount of grip to gain better traction out of tight corners. An additional benefit in low-grip situations is that both wheels get equal torque, meaning more forward driving force on roads with reduced traction. The M Performance limited slip differential optimizes the traction, and ensures more controlled and precise driving behavior at the vehicles limits of adhesion. The M Performance LSD is a true advantage while at the track or in sporty driving situations.

  • The advantage can be felt at the track and in everyday driving. The improved vehicle dynamics are clearly present with the LSD as more torque can be transferred to the road at any given time, allowing for quicker acceleration out of corners.
  • Traction is improved for any type of road condition.
  • The LSD integrates seamlessly with the vehicles’ DSC system.

BMW M Performance Engine Kit (+35 hp, up to +32 lb-ft)

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition gets an exhilarating boost in performance thanks to the new

M Performance Power Kit enabling an unprecedented level of acceleration and speed. The BMW M Performance Power Kit features engine tuning software and a new

M Performance Engine Air Intake system. In addition, a replacement M Performance Engine Cover and Rocker Panel Decals provide visual distinction this special edition vehicle deserves. Power and torque figures are now updated as follows:

  • Horsepower increased to 335hp (35hp gain).
  • Torque is increased to 332 lb-ft (automatic transmission, 32 ft/lb gain) and 317 lb-ft (manual transmission, 17 ft/lb gain).
  • Improved acceleration that drivers can feel immediately when compared to a standard 435i:
    • 2 seconds faster than the standard 435i model from 0 mph to 60 mph.
    • 5 seconds faster than the standard 435i model from 50 mph to 75 mph.
  • More dynamic accelerator pedal calibration in Comfort, Sport and Sport + Modes, provides an even quicker engine response.
  • Exhaust “burble” sound during engine overrun conditions. The M Performance Power Kit ensures an optimized engine and exhaust system sound. The exhaust “burble” is enabled in Comfort mode and amplified even further in Sport mode. As a result, the car sound amplifies ‘performance’.
  • Sport Display now shows increased power figures (400 hp and 400 lb-ft) to reflect increased performance.
  • The M Performance Rocker Panel Decals give the car a sportier look, even from the outside, providing a hint of the car’s hidden performance.

BMW M Performance Exhaust

The stainless-steel M performance Exhaust sheds 8.8 pounds of weight while also reducing backpressure for improved dynamic performance, producing a sound that is perfectly balanced for performance and comfort. Two stainless steel tips with a brushed finish connect to a muffler with a straight-through design.

BMW M Performance Aerodynamics Package

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition is also enhanced by the addition of the M Performance Aerodynamics Package. This package underlines the sporting appearance of this special edition vehicle. It comprises of the following components: A front and rear spoiler made from high-quality carbon, as well as a rear diffuser made from PUR-RIM a specially crafted high quality polymer. The dynamic elegance of the M Performance Aerodynamics package amplifies the vehicles exemplary sportiness even further. Above all it offers optimized aerodynamics and accentuates the car’s sporty driving behavior.

  • Made entirely from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), the design of the front M Performance Front Carbon Fiber Splitter and rear M Performance Carbon Fiber Spoiler give the BMW 435i ZHP Edition a powerful appearance.
  • 3 striking, embossed bars are integrated into the design of the rear M Performance Diffuser. Their pointed appearance accentuates the car’s sporty character.
  • The integrated expanded grille in the rear diffuser painted in matte black produces an additional motorsport feel.
  • M Performance Black Kidney Grilles round off this striking BMW M Performance Aerodynamic Package.

M Sport Package

The BMW 435i ZHP Edition incorporates the M Sport Package comprised of the front and rear Aerodynamic kit, Aluminum Hexagon Trim with a Black high-gloss accent and an M Sport steering wheel.

Only 100 BMW 435i ZHP Editions will be produced making it an exclusive option for customers in search for something truly special. Available with either a Sport Automatic 8 speed or a 6 speed Manual Transmission, the customer can choose to drive either an Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic BMW 435i ZHP Edition.

The ZHP will be available through selected BMW M Centers with production starting in July.

Pricing on the new BMW 435i ZHP Edition will be announced closer to the on-sale date.


BMW of North America is also able to offer many of these BMW M Performance Parts individually through a program called VIA (Vehicle Distribution Center Installed Accessory).

VIA allows buyers of new BMW or MINI vehicles to add cosmetic and performance accessories to their factory order and have them installed at the port before dealer delivery. These accessories are then fully warranted as part of the New Car Warranty, residualized in a lease or amortized into a loan, incorporating the value of accessories into the actual MSRP.


BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 140 BMW motorcycle retailers, 122 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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Hype Video: Can You Add Up The Total Value Of The Supercars Driving By In This Shot?

Posted on 04.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


For the last few years Mother’s Car Care has hosted a car corral at the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach.  They take over what is now the TUDOR Sports Car Series paddock after the race teams leave Saturday night and fill the area in with amazing cars from classics to modern supercars.  Then, just before the big race they let several of the cars do a parade lap around the Grand Prix course.  I grabbed my trusty camera and filmed the cars returning from their lap and attempted to tally the total value of each vehicle driving by.  By my estimate there is at least 5 million dollars worth of cars driving by in this one shot.  Most of that total is made up from a pristine Ferrari Enzo, so my total may be a bit off.  Watch the clip below for yourself and see if you can more accurately add up the total price tag and post it in the comments or tweet it to us at @MotorworldHype.

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Formula Drift Hype: Fatlace Offset Kings Long Beach (Gallery)

Posted on 04.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

FDLB_OffsetKings_small In the first official gallery from the Formula Drift Long Beach weekend I bring you all the fresh cars from the Fatlace Offset Kings showcase.  As usual there were plenty of top notch vehicles in attendance.   A few new cars made their debuts and a few familiar cars showed off a new look.  A few of the cars that really captured my eyes included a Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 with BBS LM wheels (the first time I’ve ever seen BBS LMs on a Ferrari), and the latest creation from RWB, an orange creamsicle colored Porsche 993!  Those cars were just the tip…of the iceberg.  To see more, check out the photo gallery below!

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Hype Bowl 2015: The Worst Car Commercials Of Super Bowl XLIX AKA “The Whack Three” (Video)

Posted on 02.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


There is a saying that in life we must take the good with the bad.  I guess the same goes with things as trivial as television commercials!  We already showed you our favorite three car spots from last night’s Super Bowl, now we want to talk about our least favorite.  We have put them in a group that we have dubbed “The Whack Three.”  Now, before I continue I should let you know that our three worst commercials for this year aren’t the worst car commercials we’ve ever seen.  Heck, they weren’t even the worst commercials of the Super Bowl this year.  There were more than a few spots which were far worse and/or depressing (we’re looking at you Nationwide Insurance) but, for the Hype Bowl we narrow our focus strictly on car commercials.

Thus, we present the Whack Three (now with comical word play for place positions!)

Turd Place (see what we mean?): “Fable” – Mercedes Benz

One of the worst things a brand can do is build up truck loads of pre-hype for their Super Bowl spot and then fail to meet the expectations they set.  The “Fable” spot is a perfect example of this.  For nearly a month before the Super Bowl, Mercedes Benz has teased their “big race” between the tortoise and the hare.  Even using NFL legend Jerry Rice to aid in pushing this spot.  Granted that “The Tortoise and the Hare” is an age old tale and we’ve all heard the story, We were looking forward to this spot anxious to see what kind of twist Mercedes would throw in to the classic tale.  SPOILER ALERT: There’s no twist at all! Unless you count the tortoise predictably using a Mercedes AMG GT to win the race.  You had a chance to do something really cool and different Mercedes Benz.  Instead, you played it safe.  As a result things just ended up boring and uninspired.  At least Jerry Rice made a decent paycheck.

Blech-ond Place: “The Blue Pill” – Fiat

So, an older gentleman sees himself on the cusp of… well, lets just say “amore'” with an attractive woman.  In a bit of bad luck, the man drops his much needed “blue pill” out the window and after a tired Rube Goldberg machine bit the pill falls into the fuel take of a Fiat 500.  The Fiat 500 then transforms into the bigger Fiat 500X crossover.  The message? Buy a Fiat 500X if you want to drive a drug assisted erection with wheels.  No, thank you.

Worst Place: “Make Some Noise” – Lexus

We aren’t really a fan of “abstract” commercials so Lexus was already going into this with the odds stacked against them with us.  Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better as the commercial went on.  “Make Some Noise” is Lexus’ way to introduce the world to their new NX turbo SUV.  The NX actually looks pretty cool and the commercial features an all black cast (the only Super Bowl car commercial to do so).  That is where the good ends though.  Rather than convey a message, use humor, or action, this commercial is literally just a bunch of people dancing and banging on things to a beat in a dark room lit with some fluorescent light rods.  Why is it that a commercial with an all black cast has to have everyone dancing to a tribal beat?  So, not only is it slightly offensive, but the way the commercial is lit makes it difficult for viewers to even see the car they are attempting to sell.  However, the absolute worst part of this, is that Lexus actually made a pretty good commercial for the RC 350 using nothing but an open asphalt lot, one stunt driver, and a remote control car.  Yet, they didn’t lead with that spot and instead this ad got the brunt of the promotion.  You’re doing it wrong Lexus!  Although I have faith they will learn from this and do a lot better next year.

By the way, the “Meh” award goes to  “Newfangled Idea” from BMW.  In this spot for the i3 BMW relies on a call back to when famous morning news anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbell first discovered the internet and then creates a parallel to the pair discovering the “Newfangled” wonder of the electric car.  Although when you consider the fact that electric cars have been around for years and that Katie already publicly admitted she personally prefers Audi to BMW this commercial kind of falls flat.

There you have it.  Our worst picks of 2014 Super Bowl car commercials.  We will be the first to admit we are pretty shocked to see the likes of Mercedes Benz and Lexus in this lot as they are usually pretty good or at least on par.  But, as the Seahawks showed the world last night, sometimes even the best teams can make a really bad play call…

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SEMA 2014: Vorsteiner Debuts The GTRS4 BMW M4 Conversion

Posted on 11.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Vorsteiner is known for their BMW tuning and back when the E9X M3 came out they blew everyone’s minds with their GTRS3 widebody conversion that added some significant junk in the M3’s trunk (no pun intended).  When BMW released the new M4 coupe many were wondering how long it would take for Vorsteiner to work their widebody magic or if they would even do it at all.  Well right now at SEMA Vorsteiner has answered those questions with “yes” and “right now” as they revealed the GTRS4 (the 4 is for M4…get it?).

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When Vorsteiner was creating the GTRS4 conversion they wanted to go for something that was still aggressive but not quite as wild as what they did with the GTRS3.  On lookers will notice that when comparing the GTRS4 to the GTRS3 the S4 has very few hard lines or angles.  Its much smoother and more in harmony with what BMW was already going for when they designed the M4.  I would almost go as far to say that the GTRS4 looks like something BMW created themselves, which is a testament to how good Vorsteiner’s body design artisans are.  Despite its harmonious looks the GTRS4 conversion actually adds an additional 4 inches of width to the front of the car and a whopping 7 inches of width to the rear.

With fenders that wide it would take a special wheel to fill it.  Luckily since Vorsteiner also produces wheels they created a forged three-piece specifically for the GTRS4 finished in “Gloss brushed shadow”.  The 20 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide in the front and 13 inches wide in the rear which contributes to a massive footprint left behind by the Pirelli tires adorn the rollers.

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Naturally all of the body pieces on this conversion are made from Vorsteiner’s patented carbon fiber.  With many wide body kits these days made from fiberglass, its crazy to the think that Vorsteiner sticks to their guns and always uses carbon.  Its also crazy to think how much this set up will probably cost due to the quality of the materials used.  There aren’t many performance mods on this particular GTRS4 but the mods that were done certainly count.   First, a KW Suspension system was bolted on which gives the GTRS4 its low stance.  Then, Vorsteiner turned to ESS Tuning for a special ECU flash that bumps the horsepower to 550HP at the crank.  However those performance bits are not included as part of the package.  Everything else you see (including some special edition badges and interior bits like floor mats), is included.

Even though this is only the debut of the GTRS4 and Vorsteiner has not “officially” began taking orders, as of this post I know of at least one confirmed customer of the kit so far.  Although I am sure that number has likely gone up significantly since the car has been seen by thousands of people online and on the SEMA show floor.  Again, pricing and availability of the GTRS4 is still unknown at this point but I already know for sure its WAY more than I can afford!  If you are in the same boat then dream with me by checking out some official pics and live pics from the SEMA show!

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Hype Video: BMW Tapps Chris Forsberg To “Initiate” M4 Coupe To The M Family With Drifting

Posted on 08.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The M4 is the newest edition to the M family and is taking a prominent role by replacing the M3 coupe.  That is a tall order for a new car with such a rich heritage!  If previous generation M3’s were real people they might be a bit skeptical of this new edition.  BMW, being empathetic to this decided it would introduce the M4 coupe to its M3 coupe predecessors in style.  How? By tapping Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg to drift around them!  Scroll down for two minutes of German-engineered sideways action!



Ok that was a cool video right? Yet, it made me think about something… Why was Chris Forsberg chosen to be the driver for this video? Granted he is definitely a skilled driver but a company like BMW could have grabbed any Hollywood stunt driver for this.  Perhaps there is more here than meets the eye…  Could Chris Forsberg be in negotiations with BMW for the 2015 Formula Drift season?  This isn’t the first video put out by BMW this year which features drifting so they obviously have an interest in it and if trends continue Chris Forsberg is on track to be the 2014 Formula Drift champion.  So, If BMW were to make a foray into Formula Drift it is likely they would want to do it with the reigning champion.  Of course all of this is pure speculation and there is no hard evidence to support this theory, but its fun to imagine!

What do you think?  Will Chris Forsberg leave Nissan for BMW?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Hype News: LA Auto Show Expecting To Host 25 Global Debuts. Lets Guess What They Are!

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


November is one of my favorite months and for good reason.  There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show.  The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  That is a pretty long list, no?  What will all those brands debut?  Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.

However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation?  I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!


Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)


Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights


A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)


We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)

General Motors:

I dunno a truck or somethin’?


The official successor to the Genesis coupe


Production RC and RC-F coupes


New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us.  I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker!  Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!


The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..


The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S


The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe


A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video


Baja bug!





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Event Hype: Mother’s Car Polish Exotic Car Show (Gallery)

Posted on 04.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Here we are with another gallery from the epic Long Beach Grand Prix weekend.  As you may or may not know, the TUDOR series has their race on Saturday, so come Saturday night their paddock clears out as they head off to the next race.  In its place on Sunday morning is a cavalcade of luxury and exotic cars filling the lot completely and its all furnished by Mother’s Car Polish.  First thing Sunday morning I headed out to the newly filled lot and started shooting away.  Granted, not every car there was photo worthy but I snapped the best stuff and now I am presenting it all to you in a new gallery.  Just scroll down to check it out.

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