Porsche 911 acceleration to the bitumen.
Indeed it’s the engine that cements the M2 as such a delight. Incredible tractability and lowrev torque flourishes to a near-7000rpm concerto of big kilowatts. It’s an engine rarely lacking, yet one that happily obeys more mundane commands in everyday driving.
It’s teamed with one of the slickest DIYshifters in the business. That six-speed manual is arguably the better transmission with a wonderfully crisp and accurate shift action, even if it adds 0.2 seconds to the 0-100km/h time achieved by the seven-speed DCT.
Corners are also an M2 forte; at least in the dry. Sublime balance and oodles of grip ensure it makes the most of that prodigious power. But, while it’s not as spikey as the 1M, or even the M4, it’s still a car that demands respect on damp roads. Too eager on the throttle and you’ll feel the stability control nipping and biting as it trims the line and tries to keep you pointing in the right direction. By consequence, you drive the M2 with a bit in reserve.
Its brakes, too, are a bit underwhelming, giving the occasional metallic grind.
In the end, though, while the M2 did score two votes from the judges, it’s more a welcome return to form for M than a genuine boundary breaker, which is why it failed to progress beyond round one. Yet that shouldn’t detract from the M2’s apeal. This is the kind of car BMW’s M Division should be making.
Type 2-door coupe, 4 seats Boot capacity 390 litres Weight 1495 – 1520kg
Layout Front-engine (north-south), RWD Engine 2979cc 6cyl turbo (272kW/465Nm) Transmissions 6-speed manual; 7-speed dual-clutch
Tyres 245/35ZR19 (f), 265/35ZR19 (r) ADR81 fuel consumption 7.9 - 8.5L/100km CO2 emissions 185 – 199g/km (combined) Collision mitigation Crash rating Not tested Prices: $89,615 – $98,615
TWINS VERSUS A PAIR
The M2’s 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine differs from that used in the M3 and M4 in a few keys areas. The main one is it uses a twin-scroll turbocharger, rather than the two turbos fitted to the M3/M4. However, the M2 lacks nothing for connected tech. Its ConnectedDrive system features functionality that allows recording of vision and lap times to be played back later on its 8.8-inch colour screen.
“THE KIND OF CAR WE ALL WISH BMW’S M DIVISION WOULD DO MORE OF”
“THE M2 BENEFITS AS MUCH FROM WHAT IT LEAVES OFF AS WHAT IT’S GOT”