If Porsche and Ferrari can do it, so can BMW M.
The BMW M2 has been on the receiving end of some scathing attacks on its design ever since it was unveiled, but there are dyed-in-the-wool fans that can't get enough of the newcomer. Still, it's missing the simplicity and purity of its predecessor, which many agree is one of the all-time greats. The recently previewed M Performance parts don't help the new boy much, either.
But it seems there will be some desirable parts on offer. As per BMW Blog, it appears as if the automaker is looking to sell the M2 with optional center-lock wheels. Traditionally favored by high-performance brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini (and then only on the most hardcore offerings), the design has become very popular in recent years.
BMW's website lists the accessory as "M Performance central locking" and the accompanying description suggests center-locking wheels are on the way. "[It] allows you to change wheels just like in the pit lane - including the striking racing look." The automaker notes the product can be retrofitted and doesn't require the brakes to be upgraded.
Unfortunately, there are no accompanying images.
The M2 (pictured above and below) can be seen wearing what appears to be center-lock wheels. It would make sense for BMW to offer this, albeit optionally, as many customers will favor the design and the idea behind the motorsport-inspired items. On a racetrack, it's a highly beneficial addition, as it allows pit crews to change worn tires quickly and efficiently.
That's entirely pointless if you only drive on public roads and, even if you venture out onto the track, it's unlikely you'll have an entire pit stop at your disposal for a few hot laps - but there are other benefits. Aside from looking neater (there are no visible lug nuts), the sole lug nut allows for the fitment of bigger brake discs.
But, for a road car, this design makes very little sense. Aside from the ability to fit larger brakes, there are multiple downsides to the wheel style. Not only is it more difficult for the average person to replace the tire (in the event of a puncture, for example) but center-lock wheels also require additional tools and maintenance.
It's great to see BMW (possibly) offering this, but it's likely to remain a niche product for serious track drivers only.