New wheels and more power for BMW’s new performance eye candy

The BMW M2 is barely a year old and it’s already positioned itself as one of the most popular cars in the industry. Sure, it’s got it’s got a few drawbacks, but by and large, the M2 represents a home run for BMW. It’s become such a hot item that aftermarket tuners have also taken notice, as shown by the litany of tuning programs that are already available for the sports coupe. Not one to be left behind, G-Power is jumping into the M2 bandwagon with a new program of its own, with the highlight being a power increase to 410 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Those are stout improvements, but in true G-Power fashion, they’re not the only upgrades included in the entire tuning kit. There’s also an offer of new wheels and suspension upgrades to round out the whole program. Given the company’s reputation as one of the best BMW tuners in the business, you can excuse the lack of any exterior and interior upgrades to the sports coupe if the result includes performance and handling improvements that M3 owners can enjoy.

It’s tough to say exactly which among these aftermarket companies has the best program for the BMW M2. But the pattern is clear here: the M2 is a car that’s worth our attention and in case you have one, or are about to get one, you can take comfort knowing that there are tuners like G-Power that can address your aftermarket needs should you want to scratch that itch.

Continue reading to read more about the BMW M2 by G-Power.

  • 2016 BMW M2 by G-Power
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    410
  • Torque @ RPM:
    420
  • Top Speed:
    180 mph
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Exterior

Exterior modifications to the BMW M2 are limited to a new set of 20-inch Hurricane RR forged alloy wheels that G-Power developed in-house because, well, it can do that kind of thing too. The wheels are then wrapped in 245/30ZR20 high-performance tires.

Drivetrain

If you’re interested in buying this tuning kit, this is what the majority of your money is paying for. G-Power’s engine program for the BMW M2 revolves around a choice between two software tuning modules that G-Power is offering: the Bi-Tronik 2 V1 or the Bi-Tronik 5 V1. Either way, both modules help the M2’s six-cylinder engine up its output from the standard 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque to a more brazen 410 horses and 420 pound-feet of twist. The numbers aren’t as high as similar programs prepared by the likes of Alpha-N Performance and Lightweight Performance, but it’s still good enough to get the M2 to hit 124 mph from a standstill position in just 14.5 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 180 mph.

2016 BMW M2 by G-Power High Resolution Drivetrain
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Both modules help theM2']s six-cylinder engine up its output from the standard 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque to a more brazen 410 horses and 420 pound-feet of twist

To add to those impressive gains, the German tuner is installing a high-quality titanium sport exhaust system with a dual-mode sound flap system and four 90-mm (3.54-inch) diameter carbon tailpipes. to give the M2 a more pronounced roar while also helping deduct as much as 5.5 kg (12.2 pounds) to the coupe’s overall weight.

Suspension and Brakes

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To keep the M2 from flying off the road with its improved power and performance, G-Power lined up its own G2M-RS adjustable suspension kit that can drop the car’s ride height from 0.78 to 1.77 inches in the front and 0.98 to 1.97 inches in the back. The kit also includes dampers that provide as much as nine positions of bounce and rebound control.

Pricing

The entire cost of G-Power’s tuning kit for the BMW M2 has been broken down in the table below.

Item Euro (€) USD ($)
Bi-Tronik 2 V1 tuning module €2,100 $2,307
Bi-Tronik 5 V1 tuning module €2,822 $3,100
Vmax delimiter €668 $733
Titanium exhaust system with four carbon exhaust tailpipes €4,995 $5,487
G2M-RS coilover suspension €1,888 $2,072
20-inch Hurricane RR wheels from €6,721 $7,383

Competition

BMW M2 “LW M2” by Lightweight Performance

2016 BMW M2 "LW M2" By Lightweight Performance
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Let’s start with the most recent tuner to tackle the BMW M2. Lightweight Performance isn’t a household name by any stretch, but you wouldn’t think so if you peek inside its “LW M2” tuning kit for the M2. Like most tuners, Lightweight’s focus was on the sports coupe’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine as it installed a modified air intake and added 300-cell downpipes to the drivetrain’s overall configuration. These upgrades help the six-cylinder engine increase its output to an impressive 450 horsepower. The tuner didn’t release torque figures but expect it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 420 pound-feet, enough at least to help the M2 blast off to a top speed of 184 mph.

Read more about the BMW M2 “LW M2” by Lightweight Performance here.

BMW M2 “MH2630” by Manhart Racing

2016 BMW M2 by Manhart Racing
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From a tuner that’s relatively unknown to a company that’s known for its BMW programs, Manhart Racing has had its time with Bimmers over the past. For the M2, it cooked up something really unique with the “MH2 630” program. The number in the program’s name gives it away, but let’s dive into it nonetheless. Manhart went over and above giving the M2’s six-cylinder engine a tweak here and a tweak there; it actually performed an engine swap by taking out the M2’s N55 engine and replacing it with the S55 twin-turbo six engine used by its big brother, the M4. Some extra modifications to the newly placed engine helped Manhart reach a new output of 630 horsepower and roughly around 560 pound-feet of torque. Think this car could hit 200 mph?

Find out more about the BMW M2 “MH2630” by Manhart Racing here.

Conclusion

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It’s a G-Power program so naturally, you come away with the understanding that you’re getting one of the best BMW tuners in the business to work on your BMW M2. Granted, I think that the kit is incomplete by my standards, but I’m not going to begrudge the German tuner for focusing its attention on giving the M2 the power and performance credentials that can help it line up against bigger sports cars without batting an eyelash.

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    • * No cosmetic updates
    • * Ditto for the interior
    • * Pricing could be an issue
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