BMW now makes 13 different models, and that is not counting all the Gran Turismo, Gran Coupe, coupe, and wagon variants. That is a big jump from the 3, 5, and 7 Series trio that created up the showroom when BMW carved out its reputation as the ultimate driving machine. Like in the NHL, expansion comes with dilution.
Not every BMW delivers on the promise of the twin-kidney grille. Fortuitously, the M2 will, something we reconfirmed on a trip to GingerMan Raceway. The M2 is the spiritual successor to cars like the E39 (1998–2003) M5 and all the M3s that came before the present one. By now you have heard the previous saw that the M4 (and M3) feels artificial, with fake engine noise and additional customised settings than a chipotle restaurant.
BMW M2 Performance
So the BMW M2 isn’t that. It’s also quick. In a slower, less capable car, the limit comes simply, and you gain speed by working on lines and technique to clean less speed here and get on the throttle sooner there. The M2 provides the kind of performance that needs occasional track tourists like me to unlock the internal limits that creep into the brain after too several hours of mind-numbing work commutes.
And then the world comes alive and time stretches out, every input to the car playing out in slow motion. The sensation that comes from driving the M2 hard is not derived from raw performance. Different cars are quicker (must we mention the M4 again?), however do not feel as special. The M2 has the type of chassis balance that lets you select any combination of steering, gas, or brake to set your required vector – the type of custom settings we totally endorse.
A 365-horsepower engine looks downright smart these days, however it is also creating a statement against the endless proliferation of Horsepower. The M2 stops at “fast enough” and nails each other part of the driving experience.Complaints? certain. We forgot how thick that BMW M steering wheel is, and it borders on absurd. And the seat track skews outward, so that you do not sit parallel to the length of the car.
BMW M2 Price
The rest of the car could be a fashionable exercise in gadget restraint. the only option group is the executive Package, that adds frills like a heated steering wheel and automatic high beams. And with the exception of Apple CarPlay, the rest of the options are purely cosmetic.
That is, if you skip the $2,900 dual-clutch transmission, which you should. That means that, not like most sports cars on sale these days, the base M2 (at $53,395) comes standard maximum performance. If that does not sum up the purity of the BMW M2, well, look anywhere else on the car because it is a masterclass in the perfect execution of the sports car.