With the first batch of road tests in following its launch at the Detroit auto show, the 2016 BMW M2 has had some glowing first-hand accounts.
Motor Trend gave the new BMW M2 an impressive four out of five stars in its review, and was one of several publications whose expectations for the new car were exceeded. Despite its “genuine concern” for the M2, given the merely satisfactory reviews for the 2 Series thus far, the publication liked BMW’s choice to eschew the twin-turbo straight-six of the M3 and M4 and opt for the M235i’s single-turbo. In this case, though, BMW used pistons from the S55, allowing the M2’s engine to “sing like a BMW engine should.” As for the engine basics, the M2’s engine makes 365 horsepower and 343 lb/ft. torque.
One area of opportunity cited by Motor Trend was the BMW M2 being “shockingly overweight,” like many a 2 Series car. Although the publication tested an Euro-spec car without certain weight-adding features, and given that the M2 is 8.3 inches shorter than the M4, the M2 test car weighed just about as hundred pounds less. Performance, however, was a solid 4.2 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and 12.8 seconds at 107.5 mph for the quarter mile, putting the M2 in league with the M4.
Overall, Motor Trend believes that the M2 is “far more entertaining” than the M4, and a “worthy successor” to BMW’s previous 1 Series M Coupe.
Tech site SlashGear also saw better results than expected from the M2, and even called it better than the aforementioned 1 Series M Coupe. Pricing was one strong point cited by the publication, as the M2 has a base price of $51,700, or about $14,000 cheaper than the M4 Coupe. The car was also described as being “super responsive” and powerful enough to “whip around a tight bend or throttle out of a turn.” Engine sound was another common strong point noted by the SlashGear review. “The exhaust flap system opens up and it’s basically music to the ears; it’ll even make you forgive the piped-in enhancement that boosts what you hear in the cabin,” says the site’s Vincent Nguyen.
Is the 2016 BMW M2 worth the rather affordable sticker price? And how should it be driven, as many have singled it out as a great-driving car in a race track environment? Probably the best answer comes from PCWorld reviewer Jon Phillips. “I suggest you only drive it to, on, and from race tracks,” he wrote. “Beyond that, keep it garaged, and in the most pristine condition possible. It’s a marvelous track toy, and 50 years from now, when the rest of America has abandoned automobiles for road-going gondolas, you’ll still have one of history’s funnest (and most flickable) cars.”