The BMW M2 continues to impress in latest CAR review

BMW M2 | April 13th, 2016 by 12
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BMW M’s latest creation, the BMW M2, is gaining fans wherever it goes, with no shortage of praise. It’s been called the best BMW M …

BMW M’s latest creation, the BMW M2, is gaining fans wherever it goes, with no shortage of praise. It’s been called the best BMW M product to debut since the 1 Series M, and that’s saying something. It even continues to impress people who’ve already driven it before. In this latest CAR Magazine review, they note that they had already driven the M2, but after driving it again are even more impressed with the new baby-M.

What we keep hearing over and over, again and again, from everyone who drives it is how predictable and confidence inspiring it is. While the M4 can bite you if you give it a bit too much throttle in a corner. But the M2 will just progressively break ¬†traction and it’s easy and friendly to wrangle back in. In fact, it encourages that sort of behavior and relishes being sideways. So it’s friendly and exciting at the same time, the way M cars are supposed to be, making it the most fun car with a Roundel.

Another thing we’re hearing a lot about is that the M2 has excellent steering feel. When we drove it, we noticed it had great steering feel, but¬†when we hear it from others, it reaffirms our feelings. Finally, we hear other people claiming that a BMW has great steering feel. But it’s also kind of annoying, because it shows BMW still can make brilliant steering but intentionally doesn’t because customers don’t want it. But it does show that BMW is willing to offer that typical BMW steering feel in cars that are designed only for enthusiasts.

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And don’t mistake the BMW M2 for anything other than an enthusiast’s car. This is no mainstream sports car that Donna from work is going to get when her 320i xDrive lease is up. Oh no, the BMW M2 is not for the faint of heart. There’s no adjustability here, it’s just set up the right way, the way enthusiasts like. For instance, there’s no adjustable dampers here and the suspension is just setup perfectly right out of the box, the way the car gods intended. Because of this, the suspension is always firm and always compliant, simultaneously. It’s simply perfect.

The only downfall that I can’t make out from all of the reviews of the M2 is that the manual is geared a bit short for the highway. That short gearing makes the M2 thrilling on normal roads, which is precisely the point, but on the highway in sixth gear the engine can drone and be a bit too loud. Obviously, this isn’t a big deal an the seven-speed DCT variant, with its extra gear, doesn’t have that problem, but it’s the only real downfall I can find with the M2. That and its slightly crooked seats…

Overall, from what we’ve experienced and from what everyone else is seeming to find, the BMW M2 is a sensational car and one that only comes around every decade or so. So if the M2 isn’t already sold out in your country, which it is in some markets, and you can afford it, don’t hesitate. Buy one now and you won’t regret it. Regardless of gearbox, regardless of spec, you’ll love it. So buy it now.

[Source: CAR]

12 responses to “The BMW M2 continues to impress in latest CAR review”

  1. Fritz says:

    I still think they should have put de S55 engine in de M2, since the M235i already has the ‘regular’ N55 under the hood. Now the point of M Performance cars is a bit lost on me.

  2. John says:

    The more I look at the M2, the uglier it gets. The proportions are just terrible. Why can’t BMW make a something small and attractive and fast????

  3. tim. says:

    Watch the Motor Trend Review of it and you’ll find out how BMW cheated. I couldn’t believe that they decided to move the seats more “into the car” in order to get better crash test results or so. The driver now sits more diagonal in the car and faces the a-pillar in its view.

    • We did see that video and were a bit shocked to hear it. We’ve driven all 2 Series BMWs numerous times and didn’t really notice. But now that we know, we’re going to have to check it out again. It might be one of those things where you’d never notice if you didn’t already know but once you know… Anyway, even so it’s not that bad, you’re not staring at the A-pillar.

      • tim. says:

        The M2 is not perfect. Its a compromise in order to keep the costs down and deliver the desired profits. Thats all fine but im not sure whether it was the right decision to name it like a full-sized M-Gmbh vehicle. For marketing its great but its not the same level as usual from a technical point of view.

        • Eric says:

          Is the oil pan magnesium??? That’s what really should count as a full M. I know I’d spend much more on a magnesium oil pan like in the M4 rather than aluminum.

          But seriously, crooked seats…Now that I know, it would be the first thing I’d notice when sitting in the car for the first time and every time thereafter…That and the missing moonroof…Bummer.

          • Brandon W says:

            I have an M235i and I haven’t noticed the crooked seats at all. I keep trying to remember to check the next time I get in and I forget every time. I think I would have remembered by now if it made any difference to my driving experience.

    • Tim213 says:

      Most reviewers don’t mention it, in fact that is the only one so far that I have seen that does mention it. Therefore it mustn’t be noticeable unless you look for it, but if you are considering the car just see for yourself in person.

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