The BMW M2 is here, the most affordable M car from BMW ever. And it’s everything an M car should be. In fact, it could be the best M car of all time.
Fast, dynamic and beautiful to look at, the new M2 is quickly becoming as legendary as its big brother the M3.
Powered by a 3.0 litre Twin-Turbo inline six-cylinder and hooked up to a seven speed sequential dual clutch gearbox, acceleration is nothing short of breathtaking.
The 272kW and 475Nm on tap is about as satisfying as it gets…and the noise it makes will have you hunting out tunnels to drive through with the window down.
With all that torque pushing around just over 1500kg, few revs are required for a brisk pace. Hang on though as the revs rise, the M2 turns from a growling animal into a screaming monster.
0-100km/h will flash up in just 4.3 seconds, and on a closed road it will continue on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
You can of course take manual control of the gearbox via the steering wheel mounted paddles, or via the knobby little gear lever.
The box is lightning fast, changing down through gears there’s an automatic blip of throttle, and you’ll get a bit of pop and crackle from the exhaust on overrun.
I can’t help but think though that the cheaper manual gearbox would be even more fun.
The massive brakes have serious bite and stop the M2 on a penny. Handy considering the speed it can muster.
The steering is sharp, perfectly weighted and provides reams of feedback. You always know exactly what is going on underneath you.
The M2 is stiff yet forgiving. Point it at a corner and it sticks. The better the road surface the harder you can go.
On lesser roads potholes won’t throw you off the tarmac, but you’ll know the exact diameter and depth of them when you hit one.
The M2 is happy to hang it’s tail out and the perfect balance of this car encourages you to do just that.
Even my elderly Grandma would be able to hang the backside out in a drift and hold it easily in a haze of tyre smoke.
If there is a let down it’s the interior. There’s no hiding the economy roots of the donor 2-Series Coupe, it’s far from a deal breaker though.
The cabin is unmistakably BMW. You’ll find the familiar architecture and the i-Drive interface (still the best in the business).
The driving position is bang on. The fat steering wheel is great to look at and feels good to hang on to.
The M2 isn’t a big car, back seat room is at a premium, but the boot is substantial and with a bit of ingenuity will swallow a complete set of golf clubs.
In 2016 it’s a joy to find a car like this.
Light on technology and big on engineering, the M2 with it’s near perfect balance, steering and poise, combined with a howling six-cylinder twin-turbo is about as complete as it gets.
BMW’s original marketing slogan has never been more accurate. The M2 really is “The Ultimate Driving Machine”
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 BMW M2
Engine: 3.0 litre turbo-petrol developing 272kW and 475Nm
Transmission: 7-Speed sequential dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual
Warranty: Three years
Safety: Not tested
Price: from $89,615