BMW M2 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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RRP £51,860What Car? Target Price from£50,619

Introduction

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If you’re something of a BMW enthusiast, you’ll know that there is something special about a full-blooded compact M car like the BMW M2. Be it the original E30 M3, the quirky looking Z3 M Coupe or the limited run 1M Coupe, the smallest car in the M line up has often proved to be the most alluring. 

Why? Well, perhaps it’s because their lower price makes them more attainable for real driving enthusiasts, or simply that their diminutive size makes them especially in their element on UK roads. Either way, the BMW M2 – effectively a steroid-enhanced version of the 2 Series Coupe – has both of those killer attributes, although there’s nothing diminutive about what lies under the bonnet. 

In its original, and now discontinued form, the M2 had a ‘mere’ 365bhp from its single turbo straight-six. The Competition and CS models, though, use a more powerful engine that’s borrowed from the BMW M4. Although, at 3.0 litres, it’s no bigger, it has an extra turbocharger that bumps power to a mighty 404bhp in the ‘Comp’, and a colossal 444bhp in the CS.

 

At this stage, if you’re wondering why BMW offers two versions of the same M car, let us explain. The M2 Competition is effectively a rival for the Porsche 718 Cayman and Alpine A110; road focused, mighty quick, yet competitively priced. The M2 CS, meanwhile, is aimed directly at the Porsche Cayman GT4; it has a far chunkier price tag and a complement of track-focused goodies, such as a lightweight carbon-fibre roof (shared with BMW’s M2 GT4 race car), adaptive dampers and stickier tyres.  

What’s more, in comparison with its sports car rivals, the M2 is surprisingly practical Regardless of whether you go for the Competition or CS, you get four usable seats and a decent boot, and you can expect more than 30mpg if you drive it carefully.

So if an M2 Competition ticks all of your boxes, or you’re just drawn in by its aggressive stance, keep reading for our comprehensive four-point review. If you’re ready to buy this or any other new car, check out our New Car Buying service for huge savings on hundreds of new cars.

At a glance

Number of trims2 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions28.5 - 29.1
Avaliable doors options2

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