The new BMW M2 has just broken the Audi RS 3 record on the Nürburgring set in 2021 in the compact model category.
The automotive scene vibrates with the frantic pace of performances and records, and BMW M was no exception to the rule. The famous sports branch of the Bavarian firm has recently made a name for itself by adding a new top time to its already impressive track record. This time around, it was the new BMW M2 that made the talk by setting a record on the legendary Nürburgring circuit.
The BMW M2 covered the 20.832 kilometers of the Green Hell in just 7 minutes, 38 seconds and 706 thousandths. This time propelled the M2 to the top of its sporty compact class, placing it two seconds ahead of the previous record holder, the Audi RS3 sedan, who had set a time of 7 minutes, 40 seconds and 748 thousandths in 2021.
Under its hood hides a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, equipped with twin supercharging, capable of developing a power of 460 horsepower and 550 Nm torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, although purists have the option of choosing a lighter six-speed manual.
The BMW M2 reaches a maximum speed limited to 285 km/hwhile the 0 to 100 km/h is shot in 4.1 seconds. In manual transmission, it will take two tenths more.
During this record attempt, the BMW M2 driven by Jörg Weidinger, development engineer at BMW M, was completely “stock”, that is to say that it did not undergo any major modifications. The only change made was the installation of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires, with dimensions of 275/35R19 at the front and 285/30R20 at the rear. These tires are available to order.
To put this time into perspective, the BMW M2 outperformed its predecessor, the BMW M2 Competition (F87), which had covered the Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 52 seconds and 36 hundredths. The difference in performance is notable, with the current M2 boasting higher power, thanks to its 460 horsepower, compared to the 410 horsepower of the previous generation (370 horsepower in the non-Competition version).
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