It’s interesting how the Formula One uses a car as a pace vehicle and the motorsport derivative on two wheels again uses a four wheeled vehicle as the Safety Car.
Yes, we’re not motorcycle haters but we feel compelled to point out the obvious – safety is inherently attributed to four-wheel vehicles. That’s not to say the queen series of motorcycling isn’t safe (we saw crashes that should have left the rider for dead but instead he walked away on his own feet) but we’re using this news as a reminder that on the street every road participant should cater for his own safety and for the safety of others as well. Back to our point, BMW – which is very successful as a motorcycle builder as well – has taken the wraps off the all-new M2 MotoGP Safety Car. The special model comes with an Alpine White exterior with a BMW M livery and a wide range of BMW M Performance Parts. These include a front splitter, an LED light bar, and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic adjustable rear wing. We can also point out the carbon-ceramic brakes, M Performance coilover suspension, and high-performance Michelin Cup tires.
The cabin is not really motorsport material – the designers used leather and Alcantara upholstery, gold contrast stitching, and carbon fiber trim. We do get racing seats with six-point harness and a roll cage inspired by the one seen on the M4 GTS. Power comes from the 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine spewing out 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque – 369 lb-ft with overboost. That’s good for 0-60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.