Saturday, October 24, 2020
ADVT 
Reviews

2016 BMW M2: Return to true form

By Benjamin Yong, 22 Sep, 2016
  • 2016 BMW M2: Return to true form

Since the high performance variant of the 2-Series, the M2, was confirmed to be entering production, it has been called a lot of things: heir to the 1M Coupe; the first real-deal M car in many years; a true driver’s car. After spending a week in one, I can confirm every description is accurate, and then some.

The M235i released earlier was a preview of sorts to what the M2 might eventually resemble, but the latter is much more aggressive and there should be no event where the two might ever be confused for one another. In fact, it’s closer to being a baby M4 with a very similar front fascia featuring the bigger sculpted front air intakes and a sleeker grille.

Other differences include wider, flared wheel arches and a redesigned rear bumper cover housing a built-in blacked-out lower rear diffuser and integrated quad tailpipes. The wheels also get an upgrade in a major way – they’re forged with a black chrome finish, measuring 19-inches in diameter and nine inches width up front and an impressive 10 inches out back.

 

The interior is about the same you’d find in any other M vehicle, albeit a little more scaled back in accordance with the model’s lower position in the pecking order. For example, there is loads of a carbon-fibre-wrap material covering various trim pieces rather than the real deal you might find in say an M6. No head-up display, either.

Once you fire up the motor, you won’t remember, or care, how the inside looks. Side note: a friend of mine who owns an M4 came along for a ride and pointed out a neat detail of how the start button is angled towards the driver, which reinforces the driver-focused nature of the car.

The 365-horsepower M TwinPower bi-turbo V6 roars to life sending a fierce cackle surging through the sport exhaust. The best way to articulate in one syllable how the M2 feels behind the wheel is raw. From the sound it makes throughout the entire rpm range to how the perfect seating position makes you believe you’re in a fighter jet.

While a six-speed manual gearbox is standard, my press tester had the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (DCT). I normally prefer a stick shift, but the DCT and its lightning quick shifts and rev matching was almost enough to make me switch sides. Activating Sport mode will cause gears to be held longer when you’re attacking a windy road, not to mention make the engine note even more glorious.

BMW has given the M2 gas-saving technology like an Auto Start Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and intelligent management of select components allowing them to draw power only when required. No matter how hard I drove the vehicle, it still returned a combined city and highway fuel consumption of 11.5 L/100 km.
 
The 2016 BMW M2 is available in dealerships now, but be aware that when you inquire about purchasing one, the waitlist may be long.
 
 
Highlights (as tested):
 
MSRP: $64,900
 
Motor: 3.0-litre turbocharged V6
 
Horsepower: 365 @ 6,500 rpm
 
Torque (lb-ft): 343 @ 1,400 rpm
 
Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic transmission
 
Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive
 
Fuel economy: 11.5 L/100 km mixed city/highway (observed)

MORE Reviews ARTICLES

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC: Goodbye GLK, hello GLC

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC: Goodbye GLK, hello GLC

This turbocharged crossover hits the ground running poised to compete with current heavy hitters in the segment that include the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus NX, Range Rover Evoque and Lincoln MKC, to name a few.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC: Goodbye GLK, hello GLC

2016 Acura TLX: Some sport, some luxury

2016 Acura TLX: Some sport, some luxury

The TLX is pulling double duty, filling the shoes of both the former TSX and TL after Acura decided to trim some of the fat from its four door offerings. In terms of appearance, the vehicle looks more like a shrunken-down TL, measuring nearly 100 millimetres shorter in comparison, than an evolution of the TSX.

2016 Acura TLX: Some sport, some luxury

2016 Lexus CT 200h

2016 Lexus CT 200h

If the Lexus portfolio of vehicles were to take a class photo, the CT 200h would be the shy smart...

2016 Lexus CT 200h

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d

Before we get started, let me address a point of possible confusion. Although Mercedes-Benz&rsquo...

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d

2016 Ranger Rover Sport Diesel

2016 Ranger Rover Sport Diesel

The Fuel-efficient SUV To my disappointment as a gearhead residing in Canada, diesel variants...

2016 Ranger Rover Sport Diesel

2016 Mazda MX-5

2016 Mazda MX-5

Roadster gets racier If you haven’t been behind the wheel of a Miata in awhile, or ever...

2016 Mazda MX-5

PrevNext