Best car I have ever owned - a proper baby ///M Car
My 2nd BMW and it turned out to be the best car I have ever owned (8th car since I could drive legally on road).
Love the philosophy behind it: back to the basics (doesn't have those useless technologies/gadgets which don't help improve driving experience), traditional BMW handling and driving pleasure, classic, successor of 1 Series M Coupe (which is overpriced due to limited production, around 300 in Australia).
NOTE: The chassis, front and rear suspensions, rear Active M Differential (from F10 M5), M Servotronic steering, M DCT transmissio...n, and M compound brakes are pretty much the backbone from its big bro (F82) M4. Stock tyres (most people get) are Michelin PSS, can't complain for its performance for the price. Exterior design, size, proportion, stance (love the fat and squat rear end), build quality, drivetrain, performance, handling, colour (long beach blue metallic of course). Such a joy to drive, lots of fun yet it is a good daily drive (I am surprised by the fact that the ride comfort and quality is better than the X3 F25 LCI with 20" wheels + RFT, no DDC). I didn't get a manual because of 1. 3 pedals offset to the right a bit too much (compare with MX-5) 2. Without coding, rev match (auto-blip) on downshift cannot be turned off with DSC on --- what? 3. wife needs to drive the car occasionally and she can hardly drive a stick shift (don't want to see that actually)
Purchased in December 2016.
It deserves its rave reviews
A quick google and you would be forgiven for thinking that the internet driving journalists were on the payroll of BMW. That is until you realise that everybody is saying the same thing and BMW can't bribe everybody. So when I had the opportunity to test drive an M2, I promptly stepped out of my M135 and did so. The rest (as they say) is history because the long island blue predator now adorns my garage. Clichés aside ... I encourage potential acquirers to do their research because it is true what everybody says. The suspension is non-adjustabl...e and hard. The interior is basic and under stated. The engine noise is synthetic in the cabin. On paper, it is heavy, has modest power ratings and in a world of ever shrinking numbers of rear wheel drive manual gear boxes, BMW M is clinging onto the past. And worse, there are even mismatched peers such as Audi RS3's, Merc A45's and Ford RS Focus's that look (on paper) to be lighter, more powerful, more practical and more agile. Take it from me, my RS3 driving wife and my A45 driving brother certainly questioned this particular life choice. BUT ... it isn't until you "drive" the M2 that you understand. This car is simply BETTER! It takes the advantage over every brand I have just mentioned as well the its larger M3 and M4 siblings. Its faster, more agile, more precise, more entertaining, more pure and finally more modest. I know what you are going to say ... "but on paper ...". Look I can't explain it guys ... it is simply BETTER! As I hand the M2 keys to more and more people, starting with my wife and brother, without fail each steps out of the car with huge grins and as total converts that would happily trade in their current wheels for the M2. So I will finish where I started ... don't just believe the internet jorno's, the papers and magazines or even myself! Go find an M2 (if you can as there is a 12 month waiting list) and drive it. When you do I'm sure you'd agree, 5 stars is simply the correct rating to give! Ultimate driving machine indeed!
Questions & Answers
Why does this site suggest that the M2 has been replaced the newer M3 when in fact the M2 is a different model, newer car and better than the M3. Please correct this incorrect information.
M2 is considered the spiritual successor of E36 M3 / E46 M3 and 1-Series M Coupe. Of course it's a different model ;-)
Spiritual is rubbish! M3 and M2 are different models entirely. This is BMW covering up a product review. Product Review need to either separate them within their system or fix up the listing so people can post separate reviews directly against the M2 without having it rolled up against the M3. If its not fixed in 7 days, I will take to my 15,000 face book and twitter followers uncovering the distortion that Product Review allows brand owners to manipulate.
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