The Dutch Zaandvort racing circuit is hidden in the sand dunes right on the coast of the North Sea. And it is after him and the azure sea surface that (almost) washes him that the blue paint on the BMW M2 is named. And as beautiful as the pastel color is, the M2 doesn’t do it much good – the misshapen bumpers and the dark openings of the wide front nostrils stand out too much. On the other hand, however, it also features the elongated muscular fenders and the “little bastard” profile that simply belongs to the M2.
It also includes a powerful three-liter six-cylinder supercharged with two turbochargers, which has improved by an honest 50 horsepower compared to its predecessor to a brutal 460 horsepower (essentially a tamed version of the engine from the current M3/M4), which will shoot you to 100 in just 4.1 seconds with a bass rumble and crackle in the exhaust. A powerful twin-turbo pull across the rev counter means it always has enough power to push you into the seat with acceleration. The new M2 does not skimp on speed or drama.
And it doesn’t spare the manifestations of dense character either – from the moment you first see it, through sitting in the low-anchored, tightly hugging seat and grasping the thick ring of the steering wheel, to the first start-up, you clearly feel that you are dealing with a real tough guy. And you realize it even more clearly when driving fast, because the M2 rather terrorizes the road and requires a steady hand.
But once you get to know it better, you’ll find that the limits are high and the M2 doesn’t tend to come up with sneaky plans to shoot you off the road. The steering is precise and you can rely on the grip of the front axle, the wide rear wheels also stick to the asphalt more stubbornly than you’d say with the available power of 460 hp – so you don’t have to worry about the gas pedal as if it might bite you (although it’s not completely foolproof). . So you can burn fast as hell on a winding circuit!
Do you want to spice it up?
If the standard M2 looks a little tame (really?), you can treat yourself to a large package of M Performance design accessories that will turn your M2 into a fighter jet (or a Christmas tree, depending on your taste). Carbon air vents, extensions, wings and spoilers together with stickers really spice up the appearance of the M2, but don’t be surprised that BMW will ask for some 330,000 more for the whole package, and for another 70,000 it will also add a carbon roof. You can spend additional ducks on details in the interior or perhaps on the key cover.
However, it requires a bit of moderation – not only in the dosage of power, but especially on the brakes and when changing direction, because the new M2 has gained almost two meters. It stands on the shortened platform of the larger M3/M4. This brought not only a little more security, but also more interior space (the new M2 is 119 mm longer and has a 54 mm longer wheelbase), more modern technology (connected digital dashboard / infotainment displays, driving assistants, electronic handbrake and more) and a higher level of sophistication.
The new M2 is therefore more comfortable to drive every day – more comfortably, quieter, with a larger portion of infotainment on board and greater support from driving assistants. But is she also more fun? Well, not quite. It is undoubtedly faster and more precise than its predecessor, but it is also more withdrawn and you simply don’t mind the extra kilos and centimeters. So if you can’t let go of your past M2 Competition, we don’t have much reason to run for the new generation for you.
On the other hand, the current BMW M2 is one of the last sports coupes with a six-cylinder, manual and rear-wheel drive that you can still get for reasonable money. It’s great at what it does, and you’ll definitely never get bored behind the wheel. So don’t hesitate, break the piggy bank, take out the building savings and pump up your account and run for it. After all, life is too short to drive boring cars!
And you’ll have to drop a lot of crowns on the table – the BMW M2 costs 1,854,200 CZK as a base, and the surcharges will easily increase it by a few hundred thousand more. But it’s actually not that much for today, direct competition from Alpine, Porsche or Toyota costs similar money.
|in-line six-cylinder, placed in front along, twin-turbo
|338 kW (460 hp) at 6,250 rpm
|550 Nm at 2,650 – 5,870 rpm.
|automatic, 8 degrees
|1 800 kg
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h
|9.7 l/100 km
|Fuel tank volume
|Wheels and tires
|275/35 R19 front, 285/30 R20 rear
|4 580/1 887/1 403 mm
|2 747 mm
|Volume of the luggage compartment