BMW M2 Gets Strong Reviews Despite Previous Worries

The BMW M2 has been road tested by a number of automotive publications following its debut at the Detroit auto show.

Experts had been worried about how the car would perform given the lukewarm reception given to the standard 2-series. The M performance version is tuned up by BMW engineers to improve performance.

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Reviewers say that BMW M2 exceeds expectations

Motor Trend so impressed by the BMW M2 that it gave it a 4 out of 5 star rating. The publication said that the M2 exceeded its expectations. It was especially impressed by the choice of engine, with BMW using a single-turbo engine also seen in the M235i but with pistons from the S55.

According to Motor Trend, the choice allows the M2 to “sing like a BMW should.” The unit produces 365 horsepower and 343 lf/ft of torque, which are impressive figures.

However the publiction also said that the BMW M2 was “shockingly overweight.” The criticism has also been leveled at the standard 2 series. By way of comparison the M2 weighs just 100 pounds less than the larger M4.

That does not mean that the car doesn’t move, with performance still strong. The BMW M2 gets from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and takes 12.8 seconds to reach 107.5 mph over a quarter mile. These figures put the M2 in similar territory to the M4.

Everyday run around or track day beast?

Motor Trends believes that the M2 is “far more entertaining” than its larger cousin, and even called it a “worthy successor” to the 1 Series M Coupe. SlashGear was also impressed with the car, with pricing a particular strong point.

The M2 starts at $51,700, which is around $14,000 less than the M4 Coupe. SlashGear called it “super responsive” and praised the fact that its power lets you “whip around a tight bend or throttle out of a turn.”

Other reviewers praised its track performance. PCWorld reviewer Jon Phillips even went so far as to say that the BMW M2 should be a track-only vehicle. “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.”