Alfardan Automobiles – the official importer of BMW in Qatar – celebrated the successful conclusion of the BMW brand’s twelfth consecutive year as the official car of Commercial bank MotoGP™ in Doha, Qatar, with the BMW M2 Coupé making its safety car debut.
Riders, officials and organizers of the premier Grand Prix motorcycle race event, which took place last at the Losail International Circuit, also enjoyed a weekend of premium BMW models, with a fleet of luxury models. The cars were used for chauffeuring and other transportation needs throughout the event.
Together with BMW M GmbH, Alfardan Automobiles celebrated the launch and start of the grand prix season with an exclusive event, in which media representatives and customers were invited to attend the race at the Alfardan Automobiles VIP lounge. Guests also had the exclusive opportunity to ride in the BMW M2 Coupé safety and BMW X5M medical car around the Losail International Circuit.
The highlight of the weekend was the BMW M2 Coupé, which made its Qatari debut as the lead model of a fleet of Safety Cars alongside the BMW X5M, which served as the medical car, the latest sports utility vehicle from BMW M combines the temperament of a traditional M sports car with the functionality of an X model, powered by the latest-generation 4.4-litre V8 engine.
Despite making its Middle East debut at the Qatar International Motor show just last month, the BMW M2 is expected to be popular amongst Qatar motorists thanks to a high-performance six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive agility, lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension and extrovert styling.
“Alfardan Automobiles has gone from strength-to-strength in Qatar, continuing our successful partnership for the twelfth year running with the internationally focused MotoGP™. This partnership is testament to our commitment to promote and support the Qatar’s ever expanding sporting calendar,” said Ihab Allam General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles.
Launched earlier this year and making its debut at the Losail International Circuit, the BMW M2 Coupé makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential. The low front apron with large air intakes, muscular flanks with characteristic M gills, 19-inch aluminium wheels in familiar M double-spoke design and low, wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system all play impressive roles in the new M model.
The newly developed, three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW M2 Coupé deploys cutting-edge M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm. The same applies to power delivery. Peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) can be increased to as much as 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in short bursts under overboost. All of which enables the new BMW M2 Coupe with an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) and Launch Control to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
To make the BMW M2 Coupe MotoGP ready, BMW M engineers modified, optimised and prepared the new model for the race track. In addition to exclusive tailor-made solutions and mandatory safety features, the model was equipped with a range of BMW M performance parts, giving the car a unique appearance, aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight design.
The interior and exterior of the car was modified to represent a BMW M DNA, with a number of the new components in the colour gold, including the roll cage, wheels, brake callipers rear wing mounts, seat rackets steering wheel and contrast stitching. The body of the vehicle is painted in Alpine White with BMW M livery.
“We are proud to be the first to debut the BMW M2 Coupé as the lead safety car for the MotoGP, as well as having the pleasure of being the first in the region to introduce the new M model to the Middle East at the Qatar Motor Show for its regional debut. We also have the BMW X5M, another example of automotive perfection from BMW M, bringing innovation, technology and design like no other.”
The MotoGP™ Championship is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing in the world. Starting in 1949, the sport has become hugely popular and is followed by millions globally. It is synonymous with exciting racing, high performance and the very latest technology. World Championship titles are awarded in three categories: the elite Moto GP class, Moto2 and Moto3.