This, ladies and gentlemen, is the new BMW M Performance Parts Concept, a showcar based on the M2 but more than 60 kg lighter and boasting “optimised” aerodynamics.
Set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the concept is finished in Frozen Black with M Performance wrapping in gold. Inside, you’ll find swathes of Alcantara and carbon-fibre, along with additional gold accents.
While the concept is obviously fitted with items from the Munich-based brand’s existing M Performance Parts catalogue, it also shows off various fresh features that are expected to be added to the list in the coming days and months.
That M Performance Carbon grille (here featuring gold accents) will be available for the M2 Competition this month, as will the M Performance Carbon bonnet (which is 8 kg lighter than the standard item). New carbon-fibre front side panels will be offered from November 2018 and reduce the vehicle's weight by a further 3 kg, while also improving aerodynamics.
You’ll likely also notice the carbon-fibre front winglets and carbon-fibre side-sill winglets, as well as the M Performance carbon-fibre roof (the latter set to be available from March 2019), which shaves off another 6 kg.
The same weight saving is achieved with the fitment of the Frozen Gold 19-inch M Performance forged alloys (in Y-spoke 763M design), here shod with semi-slicks. Round back, a carbon-fibre tailgate (on offer from November 2018) saves another 5 kg, while a carbon-fibre rear diffuser again aids aerodynamics.
The BMW M Performance Parts Concept also features the M Performance suspension system, a coilover set-up that lowers the vehicle by 20 mm. The suspension’s damping is independently adjustable to 12 distinct compression stages and 16 rebound stages. The springs are finished in black, as are the brake callipers. An additional weight reduction of 14 kg is achieved thanks to the use of a lighter battery.
Inside, the carbon-fibre sport seats (9 kg lighter than standard) are trimmed in Alcantara and include a folding function for easier access to the rear. The two lightweight rear pews, too, are covered in Alcantara and reduce the weight of the vehicle by another 13 kg.
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