If you’re looking for information on a newer BMW M2, we’ve published an updated review: 2018 BMW M2 Review
The 2017 BMW M2 is the hot version of the tiny 2 Series. But it’s also a lot more than that. As other M cars (BMW’s high-performance machines) have grown larger and heavier, this creation serves as a reminder of what the original M3 — the car that started the whole M approach — was like. That means small, with two doors, relatively light, and honed for handling.
The M2 follows that recipe and adds a wonderful amount of power (for its size). Just be aware that while some sporty cars have a civilized side with an adjustable suspension, the M2 is unashamedly an enthusiast’s machine. The fenders are flared to accommodate wider tires, and the hood bulges to advertise the power beneath.
The M2 is a niche product, but what a niche and what a product.
What’s New for 2017?
An M Driver’s package brings a higher top speed and a day’s instruction in high-performance driving. Apple CarPlay is now available, along with wireless smartphone charging and Wi-Fi. See the 2017 BMW M2 models for sale near you
What We Like
Power; agility; reasonable price in the grand scheme of things
What We Don’t
Passengers might find it noisy, stiff and cramped
A turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine develops 365 horsepower. Under normal circumstances, maximum torque is 343 lb-ft, which comes in at a low 1,400 rpm. But there is a temporary overboost function that pushes that figure up to 369 lb-ft between 1,450 and 4,750 rpm.
The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual. A 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual (with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles) is the 2-pedal alternative, known as a DCT. Power goes just to the rear wheels.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption at 18 miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving with the manual transmission or 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined with the DCT.
Standard Features & Options
The 2017 BMW M2 ($52,695) comes solely as a coupe in one well-equipped trim level.
Standard equipment includes 19-in alloy wheels, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated/10-way power-adjustable front sport seats with driver’s-side memory, keyless entry/ignition, xenon headlights, a self-dimming rearview mirror and driver’s-side door mirror, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, an 8.8-in touchscreen for the iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon 12-speaker audio setup.
The optional M Driver’s bundle has the aforementioned driving tuition and raises the top speed from 155 to 168 mph. The Executive package brings a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, wireless smartphone charging and Wi-Fi. Apple CarPlay is an individual option.
Trunk space is 13.8 cu ft., which is pretty good — enough for three golf bags.
There’s the mandatory stuff, such as ABS, traction/stability control and several airbags, but one thing to mention is that M cars have excellent brakes — bigger than those in the regular counterpart. They’re strong and confidence-inspiring.
The M2 hasn’t been subjected to crash tests of its own, but the 2 Series range has received the accolade of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after scoring well in every major category.
Behind the Wheel
This is why the M2 exists, to be driven and driven hard. Get on a track and even the oil system is designed to work efficiently under lateral loads. It’s possible to adjust the threshold for when the traction control kicks in, allowing for some tailslides, if that’s your thing. Sure, there’s a bit of tire noise, but drown that out with engine noise and problem solved.
It’s great to have a manual transmission (with rev-matching throttle blips on the downshifts) to get really involved, but there’s really nothing wrong with the DCT. It’s actually quicker (4.2 seconds in the sprint from zero to 60 mph; the manual is 0.2 slower) and delivers slightly better fuel consumption.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Audi TTS — No real rear seats to speak of and only 292 hp, but all-wheel drive and lots of tech come as standard. Pretty cute as well.
2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 — A 4-door alternative with 375 hp, all-wheel drive and a slightly lower price. An excellent package, but the M2 should have the edge.
As long as the size fits, buy that bad boy and don’t look back. Well, check your rearview mirror every now and then. Find a BMW M2 for sale