Over the years, the BMW M3 has grown in size and packed on a few kg resulting in the current version of the car not feeling quite as dynamic as the original. BMW have recognised this and their latest M series monster, the M2, goes back to where the M3 started with huge rear tyres and a powerful engine.
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Unveiled initially in a racing video game and then in the metal at the North American International Auto Show in 2016, the M2 runs BMW’s turbocharged N55 3.0 litre inline six cylinder engine coupled with either a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed automatic double clutch unit. The powerplant offers 365 bhp (272 kw) and 465 nM (343 lb-ft) of torque during regular driving, but has an overboost party piece that can add 35 nM of torque for a short period of time.
This car was based on the M235i but has better rear stability thanks to the selection of 265/35 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport rear tyres on 10-inch wide rims. The M Drive system offers Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes where Sport delays the gear changes until further up the rev band and also firms up the suspension, while Sport+ turns off all the electronically controlled aids and gives you a burnout mode to destroy your rear tyres faster.
Four adults under 6 feet can comfortably fit in the interior, with the front occupants benefitting from multi-adjustable electric heated memory seats and a folding ability or an armrest option for the rear seats. A widescreen satnav is also supplied, although that seems an old fashioned idea in the age of Google Maps.
What to look out for on a BMW M2
As per usual, there are a few things to watch out for
- Ensure all the electrics are operational
- Check the rear tyres for tread – the burnout mode destroys these quickly
- Look for a full service history – essential with M series BMW models
BMW M2 (2017) – Vital Statistics
|Power||272 kW (365 bhp) @ 6500rpm|
|Torque||465 Nm (343 lb/ft) @ 1650rpm|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||4.3 seconds|
|Maximum speed||250 km/h (155 mph) limited|
|Fuel consumption (average)||10.7 l/100km (26.3 mpg)|
|Fuel type, tank capacity||Petrol, 52 litres|
Twin scroll turbocharger,
Variable valve timing and lift, VANOS,
DOHC, Solenoid injectors
|Cylinders and valves||Inline 6, 24v|
|Transmission||6 speed manual|
7 speed automatic dual clutch
transmission (M-DKG 436)
|Drivetrain||Rear wheel drive|