World’s First BMW M2 50d xDrive


The Simola Hillclimb provides a smorgasbord of intriguing 4-wheel equipment. For one weekend a year, racecars, highway automobiles and time attack equipment from all above SA are identified in the identical put. At this year’s function, we noticed an extremely interesting motor vehicle that warranted a nearer glance: the world’s first BMW M2 50d xDrive. 

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Yep, you read that correctly, BMW M2 50d xDrive. That alphanumeric that is not discovered on any BMW as it leaves the manufacturing unit, and possibly not any place else in the planet. Gary Martins is the guy driving this a single-off, all-BMW generation. Martins needed to showcase the competencies possessed by his workshop Grease Monkey Motor Garage. 

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Martins explained: “ I required to display the specialized ability and solution information my workshop possesses as much as BMWs go. I am also pretty sure diesel autos will soon be out of date. With that in thoughts I desired to develop the past acknowledged, swiftest diesel out there. Anyone builds petrol engines to race, and diesels are overlooked. I like to be unique, probably my following create will be electric.”

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Not likely Donors

The setting up issue for the exercise was a lowly 220d. To this he extra an M2 bodykit and flared the rear arches for additional aggro. In the photos you can location a enormous entrance splitter and substantial rear diffuser. The typical 220d powertrain ended up in the spares pile powering the workshop. The engine commonly found in an X5 M50d now life in the motor bay. That is a triple-turbo inline-6 diesel. 

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Martins was not happy to go away it all standard. He changed all 3 turbochargers with hybrid units, ceramic coated the pistons and increase pipes. At the similar time he dropped in a custom made cylinder head gasket. Supplemental radiators and exterior oil coolers maintain temps of critical fluids down.

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More than a KiloNewton of Torque

With in-dwelling tuning of the set-up Martins and his workforce have managed to unleash around 1040 N.m of torque and 456 kW (around 600 bhp) of energy. Greatest raise has been ramped up to 4,4 bars. In addition there is a water meth kit and a programmable dry package nitrous oxide technique package in the research for an additional 75 kW/100 bhp.

Martins claims that the BMW M2 50d xDrive can sprint from rest to 100 km/h in about a few seconds. They have also removed the digital velocity limiter but, for evident reasons, won’t dedicate to what leading speed the car has reached…


If the 2 Sequence remained RWD Martins would only convert tyres into smoke. In buy to harness that prodigious electricity he added an xDrive all-wheel-generate process. This makes his automobile the only AWD BMW F series saloon in South Africa. There is also an LSD in put for excellent measure. 

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Entrance brakes are BMW M5 calipers with uprated discs even though M4 objects do duty at the rear. This is preserving with the all-BMW concept that GMMG was eager to carry on by the car. The car or truck rides on 20-inch Asanti alloys when on highway rubber and a seat of 19-inch BMW M4 rims with race footwear.

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