Dinan Takes BMW M2 to New Heights of Performance and Price
Tuner’s S2 version of the baby BMW M Car has 446 horsepower and costs more than $80,000.
For nearly 40 years, Dinan has been making Ultimate Driving Machines even more ultimate by giving them higher levels of power, handling, and overall performance. They even turn their wrenches and tuners on BMW’s M cars, such as the M2 that Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire recently tested.
Dinan completely inverted its part bin onto the little coupe. It equipped the M2 in the video above with gearhead goodies such as an engine tune, an intake, a larger turbo with an improved flow rate, and a full exhaust system. Under all of that, Dinan added a coilover suspension setup, adjustable sway bars, and camber plates (among other parts) to sharpen the M2’s responses. It didn’t stop there. It also bolted on a special set of wheels and tires. Behind those, there’s a Brembo big brake kit.
Those under-the-hood upgrades take the M2’s turbocharged I6 from an impressive 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque to a traction-breaking 446/445. However, when combined with the suspension, wheels, tires, and brakes, that hardware skyrockets a base M2’s price from $52,500 to more than $82,000.
Is the Dinan version of the BMW M2 worth that kind of coin? According to Farah, the answer is yes. He finds it provides a better driving experience than an M4 and, thanks to the tuning of the suspension, a surprisingly smooth ride. Farah also praises the Dinan-developed M2 for its exhaust sound. While he admits it’s possible to get more power out of the M2 than Dinan does, he follows that up by stating the Dinan M2 makes its still remarkable amount of power while remaining emissions-compliant in all 50 states – kind of important given the fact that Farah films his evaluations in the strict state of California.
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