BMW doesn’t take its ‘M’ cars lightly, these are serious performance cars and while the M2 is the baby, it certainly should be taken seriously.
History shows the offering took out our 2016 Car of the Year and title and for good reason – this car is a potential future classic.
But, be warned, it is hard-edged.
The ride is firm, very firm, the steering is heavy, the brakes are excellent, but ‘grabby’ and the noise is…well it’s nice, but you can certainly hear the M2 coming (especially in ‘Sport’ mode).
And the seats have a lot more side bolstering, thus aren’t quite as comfortable.
For me, and my purposes, especially as an everyday car, I’d be looking at the significantly more affordable, and a lot easier to live with, BMW M140i.
That’s not to say that you can’t drive the M2 around the suburbs, you might just find it a little too much, all the time.
Where the M140i has the ability to be manic, you can then push a button and suddenly it is a lot more relaxed.
You still get all the same regular features in the BMW M2, things like digital radio, iDrive infotainment, leather seats, etc. etc. so that certainly helps keep it somewhat “practical”.
The M car boasts additions like carbon-fibre highlights and attractive blue stitching in the leather seats.
I had the auto transmission version for my most recent road test of the M2 and again, not surprisingly, can report that the car is exceptionally well-balanced, it handles and grips like a car worth a lot more money.
And the engine, the big straight-six…well it’s a legend isn’t it?
Though I wasn’t completely sold on the auto transmission/quick-shifter in the M2.
Unlike the standard BMW auto transmission selector you don’t get a ‘park’ button – with this one you simply leave the car in ‘drive’.
This is a bit weird, especially so when you want to leave the engine running and quickly exit the car – do you leave in drive, or neutral? That has me just a bit nervous.
Also, take note, the auto version gets the same small brake pedal that you would normally get in a manual – I presume this is to allow for heal and toe driving.
The BMW M2 is an angry little thing that is “poster worthy” i.e. if you love BMW performance machines then this car is well worth lusting over.
It’s a great car to use on the weekend, take it to track days etc., but you might want to spend a few days with it before you commit to it being your daily driver.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 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
- Origin: Germany
- Price: from $90,210