The BMW Car Club Of China, BMW Sky, got their hands on a BMW M2 in Long Beach Blue and took it for a photoshoot with its older brother, the M4 Coupe. Based on the already excellent looking BMW 2 Series, the M2 is arguably the best looking Bavarian horse in its stable. It looks as if it got treatment similar to the BMW M4, but modified slightly for the M2. The front air dam and brake cooling ducts seem larger on the M2 than on the M4 and the rear reflectors are vertical on the M2.
The quad exhaust pipes also sit under a sort of rear diffuser on the M2. It also looks more muscular than the M4, despite having a shorter wheelbase. And because the M2 is a narrower car than the M4, its bulging wheel arches are far more pronounced than on the M4, similar to the M3.
The M4 is still a beautiful car, but the M2 is the more aggressive looking of the two. The only complaint, that I have at least, about the M2’s design is that it seems as if it needs to be lowered just a couple of millimeters. It seems to site quite high, whereas the M4 sits nicely and seems to have a bit better of a stance. Having said that, the M2 is a gorgeous and seductive looking thing.
The M4 has an absolute powerhouse underneath its low-slung hood. A twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-six engine makes 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, compared to the M2’s single turbocharged 3.0 liter I6 engine that makes 370 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. A 55 hp difference is big, however, the M4 weights a couple hundred pounds more, at around 3,600 lbs. The M2 is a featherweight, by comparison, tipping the scales at 3,196 lbs. dropping 400 lbs from the M2 should more than negate the difference in horsepower.
Both come available with the same transmission options — the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT. The manual in both also come with auto throttle-blipping, something that can be very helpful on a track or twisty road. And both DCT’s come with different programmable modes for softer or more aggressive shifts.
The question is: if money no object, which one would you buy?