Motoring News 14.12.2016 11:05 am

Swiss tuner builds first-ever M2 convertible because BMW didn’t want to

With its custom stainless steel exhaust, the M2 should sound really good too.

When Frank Isenberg, the BMW M2 chief engineer, said the German marque has no plans to build an M2 convertible because convertibles are not for racetracks, drop-top lovers weren’t so happy at all. But thanks to Dähler, the Swiss tuning firm, the smile has been put back on their faces.

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Dähler has built a BMW M2 convertible, although the firm didn’t go into much detail as to how the conversion works, but the creation looks good enough to come straight from the Bavarian automaker’s factory.

Looking at the body of the convertible, we notice that Dähler isn’t hacking up an authentic M2 body. Instead, it appears the firm is taking the existing 2 Series convertible and using the droptop as a base for further performance modifications.

In terms of engine, Dähler says the M2 is even more potent than what BMW offers from the stock coupe’s 272 kW and 465 Nm. Available in two tunes; stage 1 pushes the turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six to 300 kW (28 kW more) and 580 Nm giving it a spring from zero to 100km/h in just 4 seconds before maxing out at 290 km/h.

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The Stage 2 upgrades bump the output to 313 kW (40 kW more) and 610 Nm, which also allows a top speed of 300 km/h.

With the custom stainless steel exhaust, the M2 should sound really good. The system includes a pair of dark tips that come out of each corner of the rear.

To keep this performance under control, Dähler offers eight-piston brakes callipers with 15.75-inch (400-millimetre) rotors. The company’s M2 convertible rides on an adjustable coil-over suspension with 16 levels of independent customisation for the rebound and compression.

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The interior remains largely stock, except for Dähler’s MID display unit that replaces the centre HVAC vent on the driver’s side.

The little screen shows performance information such as the water and oil temperatures.

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