BMW enters final development phase for new 2 Series

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According to BMW, the final phase of the series development process for the latest edition of the 2 Series coupe has begun, focusing on the dynamic testing and tuning of its drive and suspension systems, including under racetrack conditions. The latest model is available in both rear and all-wheel-drive configurations, with BMW stating that its engineers wanted to achieve engaging driving dynamics regardless of drive layout.

According to BMW, test and tuning drives on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife serve as the ultimate test for suspension, chassis, damping, steering and braking systems. In addition, testing on the country roads around Munich and at the BMW Group test site in Maisach have, the firm says, ensured that the dynamic driving qualities of the coupe can also be experienced in everyday traffic and across varied road conditions.

BMW notes that the driving dynamics tests conducted on the Nürburgring are ideally suited for refining the interaction of the all-wheel-drive system with the electronically actuated sports differential at the rear axle. With a fully variable locking effect generated by an electric motor, the differential helps to optimize cornering performance with regard to traction and driving stability. Through the targeted distribution of power between the rear wheels, BMW claims that significantly higher lateral acceleration and a noticeable increase in dynamics when accelerating out of corners can be achieved.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology International and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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