BMW M2

PROOF THAT SOMETIMES LESS REALLY IS MORE

TOBY HAGON

Porsche 911 acceleration to the bitumen.

Indeed its the engine that cements the M2 as such a delight. Incredible tractability and lowrev torque flourishes to a near-7000rpm concerto of big kilowatts. Its an engine rarely lacking, yet one that happily obeys more mundane commands in everyday driving.

Its 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 its not as spikey as the 1M, or even the M4, its still a car that demands respect on damp roads. Too eager on the throttle and youll 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, its 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 shouldnt detract from the M2s apeal. This is the kind of car BMWs M Division should be making.

BODY

Type 2-door coupe, 4 seats Boot capacity 390 litres Weight 1495 1520kg

DRIVETRAIN

Layout Front-engine (north-south), RWD Engine 2979cc 6cyl turbo (272kW/465Nm) Transmissions 6-speed manual; 7-speed dual-clutch

CHASSIS

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 M2s 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 BMWS M DIVISION WOULD DO MORE OF

JOHN CAREY

THE M2 BENEFITS AS MUCH FROM WHAT IT LEAVES OFF AS WHAT ITS GOT

MIKE DUFF