By Otsile Kadiege
The boffins at BMW M got their hands on the new X2 and they have concocted a performance version of the newcomer called the X2 M35i xDrive. The potent new X2 spots model-specific exterior and interior styling, a powerful turbo-petrol engine as well as model-specific bits and bobs.
Straight off the bat, the BMW X2 M35i is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that develops 221kW in Europe and 233kW in other markets. It has 400Nm of torque and is paired with a 7-speed Steptronic transmission. Power is fed through the automaker’s xDrive AWD system which helps propel the potent X2 from 0 to 100km/h in a claimed 5.4 seconds.
The X2 M35i xDrive is fitted with Adaptive M Suspension and Limited Slip Differential. According to BMW, the former, which has been lowered by 15 mm, automatically adapts to the road conditions and your driving style. The driver benefits from pronounced driving dynamics and excellent road holding combined with enhanced long-distance driving capability. The exclusive M sport steering is said to give a more direct steering sensation.
The all-wheel-drive system is assisted in its task by the mechanical limited-slip differential built into the transmission. This serves to limit the difference in speed between the front wheels. It increases traction over loose terrain or in adverse weather conditions at the same time as boosting agility and handling dynamics when taking corners at speed.
Exterior and interior
The new X2 M35i sets itself apart with model-specific exterior styling like an illuminating M radiator grille with horizontal bars, an M-specific front splitter, exterior mirror caps with M-specific geometry, exclusive Y-spoke 21-inch 874 M dual-tone wheels, 19-inch M Compound brakes, an M-specific rear spoiler and a four-piped exhaust system.
Inside, the X2 M35i gets a leather wrapped steering wheel with a centre marker, M colour stitching and M-specific paddle shifters. There are Alcantara trims on the dashboard and door panels and customers can opt for M Sport seats with backlit M logos.
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