Okay, I made that last part up. But seriously, should you scour the web for M2 reviews, you will be challenged to locate one not dishing up full marks in the finish of lyrically shined up reviews. The overall consensus among individuals knowledgable, is this fact vehicle corrects the majority of its M4 sibling’s flaws, and provides a far more driver focussed feel than any M derivative in nearly 2 decades.
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We'd the M2 on test a week ago, as well as on one journey home in the office a man within an E36 M3 coupé using what appeared as if an authentic AC Schnitzer conversion made bowing gestures toward me through his side window in a robot. Clearly a guy of taste, however with hierarchical confusions.
So what’s all of the fuss about? Is that this latest creation truly worth such high praise? Or perhaps is it simply another situation of hot today, not tomorrow?
Size counts in the favour
To tell the truth, I personally shined up lyrical after driving the M2 at its worldwide press launch at Laguna Seca in Feb. For me personally, it’s mostly about dimension. It’s according to a regular 2 Series, that is already a concise and fair handling package, however with a lot of the larger M4’s suspension grafted onto its four corners. A significantly wider track necessitates wheel arches blistered by 55mm in front and 80mm in the rear, with its newly found stance it appears as though an angry touring vehicle by having an appetite for race track kerbs.
Make no mistake, an M4 (M3) is really a fine artist. But it’s be a big, almost GT-like vehicle in the latest iteration. I understand I’ll be lambasted for saying so, but an M4’s set of skills is much more in sync with fast, lengthy-distance mileage than millimetre perfect apex precision. The M2 is really a wieldy weapon in contrast.
Its relatively short wheelbase means it may pivot on the tighter axis, also it reacts to mid-corner adjustments with immediacy and pinpoint precision. Steering feel is extrasensory. At our handling test track there is a tightening right-hander ideal for assessing front-finish grip, and also the moment its 19-inch tyres lose adhesion it transmits the content within an almost telekinetic way. After which, you may choose to get back traction via brief throttle lift or, even better, tease the tail around having a right feet prompt. Its Active M Differential, also obtained from the M4, is satisfied to make a powerslide when you're.
Beefy brakes, snappy gear box
The brakes too are direct M4 transplants, after repeated hard laps demonstrated zero manifestation of fade. They’re of conventional steel construction (not carbon ceramic), but they are mix-drilled and beefy in dimensions - 380mm front and 370mm rear. BMW may also sell you some competition pads if weekend hot-lapping is the vibe, but standard equipment appears very to the task out of the box.
A seven-speed twin-clutch autobox (yep, also lifted in the M4) does gear duty and will it well. Changes are short and sharp, and may happen either by means of steering paddles or automatic mode. A six-speed manual can also be readily available for the purists available, nevertheless its downshift auto-blip feature (only defeatable with ESP switched completely off) is really a cheesy inclusion for me. Believe me, the M DCT is the perfect choice, particularly if outright performance is main point here.
The perfect quantity of power
And, when it comes to outright performance, the M2’s no slouch. Its built-in launch-control system would be a bit ornery, activating once in each and every six attempts at our test track, but eventually we guaranteed a finest -100km/h acceleration figure of four.6 seconds having a quarter- mile duration of 12.9. These figures square up almost exactly using the latest Audi RS3 (as confirmed by our Vbox test equipment) - a vehicle by having an apparent traction advantage however a bit lacking torque in comparison towards the Beemer.
The M2’s 3-litre straight six will work for 272kW and 500Nm (the Audi’s 2.5 includes 270/465), even though it’s shy from the M4’s 317kW and 550Nm we're feeling it’s an output nicely suitable for the M2’s size. The engine this is a single turbo unit carefully associated with the dual-turbo version within the M4 but, curiously, and despite shared internals (ie. pistons, crank) the M2 and M4 include completely different exhaust notes. The M2’s is much deeper, gruffer and in my opinion, but nonetheless BMW insists on supplementing genuine tailpipe noise with piped-in electronic fakery. A gentle annoyance on the nearly perfect packa