BMW M2 Coupe-1 BMW is set to enter its anniversary year of 2016 on a powerful note. With the centenary of its founding just around the corner, the Munich-based marque is using the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), from 11 – 24 January, to host the world premieres of the new BMW M2 and BMW X4 M40i Performance.

Joining the two new cars at the stand will be the trailblazing BMW i models and innovative services covering every aspect of electric mobility. BMW ConnectedDrive, meanwhile, is showcasing its latest range of applications and systems, such as Remote Control Parking.

Variants designed specifically for the US market and BMW’s commitment to motor racing series stateside, such as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (in which the newly developed BMW M6 GTLM will compete in 2016), underline the significance of the BMW Group’s second-largest sales market, which also serves as an important ideas factory for new developments. This is a success story with no end in sight: investment worth one billion US dollars is currently being channelled into BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina to increase capacity, which will see the facility playing an even more important role within the BMW Group production network in the future. Plant Spartanburg builds BMW X variants for customers around the world and has enabled BMW to become the largest car exporter in the USA by value.bAlongside the expansion of its production facilities, the company has also focused its attention on setting up two driving safety centers: one at Plant Spartanburg and the other at Palm Springs, CA.

BMW M2 premieres at 2016 NAIAS

The newly developed three-litre six-cylinder in-liter unit powering the BMW M2 uses state-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop 370 hp at 6,500 rpm and, in so doing, lays down a marker in the high-performance compact sports car segment.

This translates to effective power delivery, with peak torque hitting 465 Nm until as much as 500 Nm in short bursts with the help of overboost and the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission as well as Launch Control. The zero to hundered burst is completed in in just 4.3 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, or 270 km/h with M Driver’s Package. Yet, with its M DCT transmission, fuel consumption of just 7.9 liters per 100 km (35.8 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of only 185 g/km, the car is also keen to emphasize on efficiency. Additional driving pleasure is on the cards when the Dynamic Stability Control system’s M Dynamic Mode (MDM) is activated. MDM allows wheel slip and therefore moderate, controlled drifts on the track.

The BMW X4 range has gained a new flagship version with the arrival of the BMW X4 M40i. Offering even sharper dynamics, distinctive looks and exclusive equipment details, BMW moves the game on once again in the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segment. A newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line petrol engine celebrates its world premiere under the bonnet of the BMW X4 M40i.

The three-liter unit produces an output of 360 hp between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm and generates peak torque of 465 Nm. Armed with this high-performance engine and leading-edge M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, the BMW X4 M40i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reaches an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.

BMW’s Electrifying tributes at NAIAS

Following the successful global launch of the purely electrically powered BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) the BMW i brand is now further cementing its status as a trailblazer for sustainable mobility with a growing variety of vehicle and mobility services. In the US market the figure is one in every eight electric cars sold comprises an i3, while in Germany it is as high as one in five (all figures as at October 2015). Furthermore, the BMW i3 is the third- highest-selling electric car worldwide, as well as the only one able to increase its operating radius with an optional Range Extender combustion engine.

BMW i is providing further impetus by transferring technology to additional BMW brand models. All of BMW’s plug-in hybrid models, for instance, employ the BMW eDrive technology developed for BMW i cars in the form of electric motors, power electronics, high-voltage batteries and intelligent energy management. Equally, the experience in using industrially manufactured CFRP garnered during the development of BMW i cars has now helped to reduce the weight of the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedans.

The latest innovations from BMW ConnectedDrive

BMW is highlighting the latest enhancements in the field of intelligent connectivity with an even greater variety of driver assistance systems and applications that take comfort and safety to another new level. The latest developments from BMW ConnectedDrive include Remote Control Parking, extended functionality for the Driving Assistant, BMW Night Vision with marker light and Surround View with 3D View.

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