Johannesburg - The performance version of BMW’s X2 crossover is now on sale in South Africa and you can make it yours for R809 100.
The X2 M35i’s claim to fame is that it’s the most powerful four-cylinder production BMW to date, and also the brawniest model to be based on the company’s ULK front-wheel-drive platform that originated beneath the Mini. In fact, in output terms it foretells more exciting things to come from the John Cooper Works garage, starting with the new GP, which Mini promises will have more than 220kW.
And that’s already the case for this high-riding BMW hatch, the X2 M35i producing 225kW between 5000 and 6250rpm, and 450Nm from 1750. That’s enough, in the kingdom of manufacturer claims, to get you from zero to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds - providing you’ve activated Launch Control.
As the first four-cylinder engine to be breathed upon by the M Performance division, this engine produces as much power as BMW’s original 3-litre turbopetrol six and has a completely redesigned cooling system.
Power goes to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel-drive system, while model-specific M Sport suspension, steering and braking systems ensure the necessary corner-carving agility and stopping power. Another ULK platform first is the M Sport Differential installed in the front axle gear to reduce traction losses on the front wheels.