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2018 BMW M2 review

As the spiritual follow-up to the 1M Coupe, the M2 looks to continue the trend of top quality sport-orientated BMWs.

Introduction

The standard BMW 2 Series range comes with a rather tasty version in the form of the BMW M240i – which is inspired by the performance arm of BMW, M division.

But when M Division got its hands on the 2 Series, it has created this – the M2, which is the spiritual successor to the 1M Coupe.

By taking the standard 2 Series and adding a bloated body kit, a souped-up power unit and top-end dynamics, M division is looking to continue its good form when producing quality sports models.

But how does the M2 fare when we put it to the test? We find out…

Performance

Under the sculpted bonnet is a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six engine producing 365bhp and 500Nm of torque – helping the car get from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.

Paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission, the M2 really performs well – and with no turbo-lag either, you can feel confident you’ll get all the performance when you need it.

Ride & Handling

To make it turn and drive as well as most other M cars, BMW has fitted the M2 with an electronic differential and aluminium suspension parts so that precise cornering is a doddle in any driving mode. When pushed it sticks to the tarmac without much hassle.

In comfort mode, you can get a sense of its sporty DNA – although it stills works well on the day-to-day commute, meaning if you leave it in the comfort setting you can enjoy cruising in this car. Sport mode does add a sharper edge to the throttle response and turn-in – making this car feel much more potent and exciting to drive.

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Interior & Equipment

As with most other BMW models, you won’t be found wanting for added quality and accessories, as the M2 is well kitted-out. As standard M2s come with LED headlights, an aerodynamic styling kit, 19-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and uniquely-engineered M sports suspension – setup specifically for the M2.

In the cockpit, you’ll find BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with touchscreen display, satellite navigation, a multi-functional leather steering wheel, leather upholstery with blue stitching and detailing, carbon fibre dashboard trim and M2-specific door sill finishers.

For passengers, the M2 performs well in terms of space and practicality, as even though taller occupants may not appreciate the rear headroom, legroom and shoulder room are ample for everyone else. Boot space is also good considering the body shape and size of the car, with 390 litres of storage to be found in the boot.

Cost

If you’re after a sub-£50k sports car, then the M2 may be the car for you as prices start from £46,700. You can add the double-clutch automatic transmission for an extra £2,245, but either option is very good.

Running costs are surprisingly reasonable when you consider the car’s performance, too, as it runs on a quoted 33.2mpg and 199g/km CO2. Many other performance cars can’t match that, so the M2 is well-worth checking out.

Verdict

With the rear-wheel drive setup combined with ample power, an excellent chassis and plenty of equipment, the M2 is more than deserving of your consideration in the starter sports car market. Switching from potent performance in sport mode to relaxed cruising in comfort mode, you can find the setup that suits your driving style very quickly indeed. Along with understated yet handsome looks, the M2 is a worthy successor to the 1M Coupe.

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