Reviews 2017 BMW M2

19:56  18 may  2017
19:56  18 may  2017 Source:   Car and Driver

If you’re the type who enjoys wringing your hands over those who have lost their way, then you’re probably fixated on BMW right now. Among a litany of warning signs, its embrace of electrically assisted steering plus the prioritization of ride comfort, SUVs, and now all-wheel-drive M cars suggests the brand is specifically targeting your proclivities.


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bmw m2-coupe

But screeching sideways through the gloom-choked Truffula wasteland comes a belligerent little ray of hope called the M2. In a lineup increasingly overcome with crossovers and SUVs, the M2 takes one of the shortest, narrowest, and lightest body shells in BMW’s portfolio and stuffs it with a 365-hp inline-six along with the brakes, wheels, and suspension from the larger M4.

Good Call

The compact body, airy cabin, and quick-twitch reflexes give the M2 the feel of a four-wheel sportbike. After lapping Virginia International Raceway in one for last year’s Lightning Lap, we called the M2 the “dictionary definition” of rear-wheel-drive dynamics. Then we drove another example and called it “200-proof driving elixir.” Then we called it one of our 10Best Cars for 2017 and called BMW to order one for a 40,000-mile long-term test.

BMW promptly delivered a car with a DCT automatic instead of the six-speed manual transmission we’d requested. We protested—and then relented because the manual car was delayed at the port and, well, temperance isn’t the only virtue we lack. That’s why zero-to-60-mph times matter so much. Get there faster!

Aside from the $2900 dual-clutch automatic, our M2 carries a light load of options—only the $550 Long Beach Blue Metallic paint and the $1400 Executive package inflate the price from its $52,695 base to just $57,545. The most important elements of the Executive package are a heated steering wheel, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera paired with rear proximity sensors. This short list of add-ons is uncharacteristically frugal both for us and for a BMW.

2017 BMW M2© JARED GALL 2017 BMW M2 Differential Calculus

Our patience was strained to near the breaking point when the standard 1200-mile break-in period doubled in length because our car’s differential was deemed defective. It’s a known issue on early M2s, and ours had a fluid leak plus a half-shaft that had started to work its way out of engagement with the differential. The replacement unit is holding strong, though, and so we put another round of break-in miles on the M2 and headed to the track.

There, the M2 skittered around the skidpad at an even 1.00 g and ground to a halt from 70 mph in 152 feet. The turbocharged inline-six, one of the last hurrahs for the outgoing N55-generation engine, whipped the M2 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. The quarter-mile passed in 12.7 at 110 mph.

So far, praise in the M2’s logbook focuses on the nimble chassis and the ripping exhaust note. Detractors have pointed out the squeaks and rattles already manifesting and complained that the ride is too stiff, with one staffer calling it a “toxic compromise” while another compares it to a ride for children at a regional grocery chain’s stores. (The pony’s name is Sandy, and a ride still costs just a penny at Meijer.) But those in the former camp think that those in the latter need to stop wringing their hands.


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Months in Fleet: 3 months Current Mileage: 7109 miles

Average Fuel Economy: 23 mpg Fuel Tank Size: 13.7 gal Fuel Range: 310 miles

Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

Specifications >VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED: $57,545 (base price: $55,595)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 182 cu in, 2979 cc

Power: 365 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode


Wheelbase: 106.0 in

Length: 176.2 in

Width: 73.0 in Height: 55.5 in

Passenger volume: 89 cu ft

Trunk volume: 14 cu ft

Curb weight: 3509 lb


Zero to 60 mph: 4.1 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 10.2 sec

Zero to 130 mph: 19.1 sec

Zero to 150 mph: 30.2 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec

Standing ¼-mile: 12.7 sec @ 110 mph

Top speed (governor limited): 163 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 152 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.00 g


EPA combined/city/highway: 22/20/26 mpg

C/D observed: 23

Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt


4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper;

4 years/50,000 miles powertrain;

12 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection;

4 years/unlimited miles roadside assistance;

3 years/36,000 miles complimentary scheduled maintenance

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