BMW's M Series of performance cars is the stuff of legend, though some might argue that over the past few years it has lost a bit of its edge. The BMW M2 is a car that's clearly spent time at the whetstone: It embodies everything we love about the M cars.
The M2 is a much different car than the 2 Series on which it is based. Not only is the engine more powerful and the suspension stiffer, but the front and rear tracks have been widened and the wheels fitted with sticky performance tires. Ride comfort and noise take a back seat to handling prowess. Out on a racetrack, the M2 is an animal. And compared to its bigger brother, the M4, it's one heck of a bargain.
Current BMW M2
The BMW M2 is sold as a single model, and considering the emphasis on performance over comfort, it's rather well equipped, with features such as leather upholstery, automatic wipers and auto-dimming mirrors. An Executive package adds safety-oriented active driver aids (collision detection with auto braking, lane departure warning) and upgraded technology features. For those who plan to push their M2 to the limit, the M Driver's package ups the top speed to 168 mph (from 155) and includes a day of professional performance driving instruction at a BMW Performance Center.
Power for the M2 comes from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The M2 version is tuned for 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. The M2 can be had with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all M2s employ rear-wheel drive. EPA estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg in combined driving with the manual and 22 mpg with the automatic.
Inside, the BMW M2's deeply bolstered seats are designed to keep occupants in place while cornering, and they are dressed up with simulated suede inserts and bright blue stitching. The back seat is cramped and best suited to children, but the M2's trunk is large by class standards at 13.8 cubic feet.
Still, this is a hardcore sports car, and it drives accordingly. The ride is stiff, and the tires transmit lots of road noise to the cabin. It's not uncomfortable enough to make you regret purchasing an M2, but those who aren't die-hard BMW fans might be happier with the regular 2 Series, which is softer and quieter.
Handling is, of course, outstanding. The M2 is very grippy and very responsive, but it's also very forgiving at the limits of traction. It's a great car for drivers looking to enhance their performance driving skills, but even an experienced racer will enjoy pushing the BMW M2 to its limits.
Used BMW M2 Models
The M2 was introduced as a new model for 2016. Only minor changes have occurred since.
Read the most recent 2018 BMW M2 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used BMW M2 page.