If you can't patiently wait for BMW to finally come out with the long-rumored M2 GTS, this modified M2 Coupe is the next best thing.
Reports indicating plans for a hardcore M2 GTS have been swirling around the Internet for quite some time, but BMW isn’t ready just yet to reveal what would likely be a limited-run special edition with a price to match. Thankfully, tuners are hard at work preparing something along the lines of a GTS-flavored M2 Coupe with a plethora of upgrades.
Case in point, Alpha-N Performance is proud to show off its “M2 GTS” with a beefier body kit featuring a new hood derived from the M4 GTS. The hood alone will set you back at least €3,399 (about $3,730) and can be had either in carbon fiber or Kevlar. For an additional €1,299 ($1,420), the tuner will be more than happy to provide you with a new front spoiler lending the high-performance coupe with a more aggressive fascia. The back of the car is now home to an M4 GTS-like rear wing available from a cool €2,099 ($2,305), while the diffuser costs and extra €999 ($1,100).
Also inspired by the M4 is the new roof with a visible carbon fiber finish and a central recess as a nod to the original panel. It can be had for a steep €1,449 ($1,590) and can be optionally matched with new side mirror caps also dipped in carbon fiber. Those larger wheel arches are now hosting a pair of 20-inch alloys borrowed from the M4 GTS, while the black kidney grilles and more prominent side skirts round off the exterior changes.
Underneath the hood it’s the same turbocharged, inline-six 3.0-liter engine, but instead of the usual 365 horsepower it’s now pushing out a meaty 450 hp thanks to Alpha-N Performance’s software wizardry. To match the extra muscle of the engine, the tuner has also fitted the M2 with ceramic brakes taken from its bigger brother, the M4 Coupe. As a final touch, the car has been equipped with an Öhlins fully-adjustable coilover suspension for sharper handling.
While this aftermarket package tailors the M2 Coupe, the tuner says it can install just about the same upgrades on the M3 and M4. All three cars will be on display towards the end of next month during the 2016 Essen Motor Show.
If you would rather wait for an M2 GTS (or CSL) straight from BMW, a prototype of a more track-focused M2 has been spotted performing testing rounds on the Nurburgring several times. It’s likely a sign a more powerful and lighter M2 is in the works and could hit the streets at some point in 2017.
Source: Alpha-N Performance
Gallery: BMW M2 GTS by Alpha-N Performance
Alpha-N: GTS look for the BMW M2
The M3/M4 and M2 Coupe are the most desirable members of BMW’s current M car range whose most focused statement is the M4 GTS. But that limited edition model was already sold out even before its market launch. In a mission to provide enthusiasts with a taste of the unattainable, Alpha-N has created an affordable solution in the form of their M2 Coupe with GTS style and spirit.
The M2 Coupe wears the motorsport styling of its bigger brother well, its impressive, purposeful appearance the result of the OE quality carbon-fibre aerodynamic components made by EDISON COMPOSITES, Alpha-N’s in-house brand.
The conversion starts with the M4 GTS style bonnet (from 3,399 euro) available in a choice of exposed carbon-fibre, primed carbon-fibre or ultra-light Kevlar. Below this, the new front spoiler (from 1,299 euro) gives the M2 a more aggressive look in either its GT4-style with brake ducts, or GTS design with adjustable air splitter. At the rear the underbody diffuser (from 999 euro), and the distinctive boot-mounted GTS-style rear wing (from 2,099 euro) finish off the business end.
A roof panel in visible carbon-fibre has been an M3 trademark since the E46 CSL, and is a prominent part of Alpha-N’s M2 Coupe conversion. This new lightweight roof panel (from 1,449 euro) mimics the M4 design with its central recess, which provides both aerodynamic and stiffness benefits. Carbon-fibre mirror caps complete the styling kit.
Most of the carbon-fibre components manufactured in Germany by EDISON COMPOSITES are created in their autoclaves, resulting in the highest quality of fit and finish.
To complete the GTS look, Alpha-N uses the black kidney grilles and side skirts from the BMW Performance programme, and fills the wide wheel arches of their M2 Coupe with the 20-inch BMW M Competition alloy wheels, known from the M4 GTS.
Alpha-N is primarily renown for its engine upgrades, and it is a given that its M2 Coupe GTS conversion should have the raw performance to match the car's more aggressive appearance.
The software upgrade boosts the output of the 3.0-litre straight-six TwinPower Turbo motor to 450 hp, with an even more powerful conversion to be available by year’s end.
To match the tuned M2 Coupe’s greater turn of speed, Öhlins Road & Track (from 2,995 euro) fully adjustable coilover suspension improves handling and road holding, while the M4 ceramic brake system ensures unerring retardation even under hard track use.
The Alpha-N GTS package is available for the M2 Coupe as well as the M3 and M4 Coupe. If you would like to see these amazing cars in the metal, Alpha-N’s partner, Carbonfiber Dynamics will be displaying them (Hall 2, Stand E116) at the Essen Motor Show, which is open to the public from 26th November to 4th December 2016.