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The BMW M2 is the smallest and cheapest M car you can buy. It rivals the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45 for performance, but in terms of handling, this is a worthy challenger for the Porsche Cayman GTS.
In tune with M car tradition, the BMW M2 gets a big engine squeezed into a small, agile, yet totally manageable package reminiscent of the original BMW E30 M3. The 3.0-litre straight six, based on the M235i’s is responsive and willing to rev. In other words, there’s performance when you need it to make fast overtakes. If some performance cars are difficult to approach, the BMW M2 massages your ego the faster you go.
And if that isn’t a big enough selling point, factor in that this M car blends supercar performance into a standard relatively practical coupe body. It has space for two in the front and a decent boot, but the rear seats are what you’d expect of a small two-door sports car i.e. not brilliant. Differentiating it from the M240i, looks-wise is the wide hunkered stance, muscular look and smattering of M badges giving the BMW M2 a real presence.
All M2s have sat-nav with an 8.8-inch screen, a Bluetooth phone connection, air-conditioning and cruise control. A faster M2 – thought to be called the M2 CSL – is expected to be revealed soon. This version will get upgraded performance components and around 400hp to take the fight directly to its Mercedes and Audi rivals.
BMW M2 passenger space
For a low-slung coupe, the BMW M2 is easy to get in and out of and the leather seats with contrasting blue stitching offer a perfect driving position – both the seats and steering wheel give a decent range of adjustment. All-round visibility is good, for a coupe, and you get extra peace of mind when parking thanks to the standard rear parking sensors.
Few buyers would want for more space in the front of the BMW M2, but passengers in the back will be surprised by acceptable headroom and legroom that means there is room for adults, but only for short trips.
BMW M2 boot space
With a capacity of 390 litres, it’s much bigger than the 341-litre boot in the Mercedes A45 AMG, while the Audi TTS and Porsche Cayman have around 300 litres of load-lugging potential. Worth noting is that even though the shape of the load area is practical, the opening is somewhat small and there is a high lip to carry bags over.
M car purists might not like that the BMW M2 doesn’t have an engine specifically built for it like other more expensive M models do. It’s most closely related to the 3.0-litre in the recently defunct BMW M235i, with one turbocharger and lightweight pistons borrowed from the M4.
Like the M235i, the BMW M2 benefits from a huge lump of torque (342lb ft) available from as little as 1,400rpm, which doesn’t taper off until the engine hits 5,560rpm. But unlike in the M235i, it revs freely to 7,000rpm redline – the results of the lighter engine parts borrowed from the more expensive M4.
It’s quick too because the 370hp it makes needs to move just 1,500kg around – about 200kg less than the M4. This results in a supercar-quick 0-62mph dash in 4.5 seconds, dropping to 4.3 seconds if you opt for the automatic gearbox.