BMW M2: Compact power and performance

A long time in the making the BMW M2 was somewhat of a highly anticipated machine among fans of the marques M Division. Whilst being smaller than its bigger brothers the M3, M4 and M5, the M2 is more than capable of holding its own.

First produced in 2014, the 2 series is a relatively new model to the BMW range which saw the M2 variant joining shortly after in 2015. Visually the M2 is very much cut from the same cloth of the other M cars in the BMW roster. Despite being smaller, make no mistakes here, it’s certainly not lacking in performance. Under the bonnet and behind that snarling grill sits a turbocharged 3.0 litre BMW straight-six engine capable of producing 365 bhp and can sing all the way to a red line of 7,000 rpm.

With all this grunt and coupled to its rear wheel drivetrain, this thing is fast. Very fast. The way it puts its power down from a standing start is something to behold as you are pushed back into your seat as you go from standstill to 62mph in a matter of a mere 4.5 seconds and carries on to an electronically limited 155 mph, but this can be raised to 168 mph as an option.

From a visual perspective, the M2 has the looks to support its aggressive power. Starting at the front you have an aggressively sculpted front apron with large cutaways to the lower area in an effort to help the engine ingest enough air to keep everything cool. Being a smaller car means it’s also narrower and this pays dividends as it seems to almost add an extra edge to this car’s grill and headlights. Perhaps as a result of having less space between these elements, either way, it helps to tie together a suitably aggressive look and would score a mark into many rear view mirrors as it approached from behind.

The sculpted lines continue along the side profile of this car creating an almost bulging shoulder like appearance before meeting those large rear arches which sit over the rear wheels. Making our way around to the rear of the car witnesses the equally aggressive rear apron which see’s two sets of twin exhaust pipes nestled neatly alongside. Couple these looks to the M Sport alloy wheels and body colour contrasting brake callipers and you have a machine that equally looks at home on a race track as it does as a daily driver.

The BMW M2 really is something impressive and is highly acclaimed by the motoring press. It may have been a long time coming but we feel it was very much worth waiting for. We look forward to seeing the M2 across our forecourt soon, however, if you are looking for BMW ownership today, why not take a moment to browse our extensive selection of stock over on our website?