There is no doubt that cars are getting bigger and bigger by the day and crossovers are getting ever so popular. However, we do love pint-size cars with a lot of power since they are very fun and nimble to drive. Lucky for us, some automakers still make tiny performance cars and when we heard we were going to get behind the wheel of a BMW M2, we were accordingly excited.
The BMW M2 goes back to the M roots with a small, powerful, and snappy coupe that is outstanding in every way and extremely fun to drive every day and on the weekends on the track. Now, since cars like these aren’t extremely popular, the BMW M2 has only one true competitor – the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. Let’s see how the BMW M2 gets along in our review of the pocket-sized performance car.
Based on the BMW 2 Series, the 2017 BMW M2 is beefier and more aggressive looking than its less powerful siblings. Not only is the BMW M2 glorified with body kits and aerodynamic design cues, BMW engineers also did all they could to reduce the weight of the powerful coupe. The BMW M2 gets the lightweight aluminum front and rear axles of the BMW M3 and M4, which helps reduce six pounds when compared to a steel construction.
Driving precision was also a major key when designing the 2017 BMW M2. In order to perfect wheel location, BMW engineers used play-free ball joints to balance the transverse force.
The 2017 BMW M2 sits on a wheelbase that measures 106 inches, which allows the overall length to come in at 175.9 inches. The overall width comes in at 72.9 inches and the overall height comes in at 55.6 inches.
Standard exterior features include 19-inch light alloy wheels, an M-side kidney black grille with an M2 emblem, M rear spoiler, Xenon Adaptive Headlights, power-folding side mirrors, and non-metallic paint.
When compared to its closest rival, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, the BMW M2 goes for a perfect balance of sport and elegance instead of polarizing looks.
The interior of the 2017 BMW M2 stays true to the brand’s use of quality luxury materials while keeping sportiness at the forefront. What are those sporty features? First off, you have a Black Dakota Leather upholstery with Blue stitching highlights, M door-sill finishers, M footrest, M gear shift lever, M-specific design elements, carbon fiber trim and M logos throughout the interior.
Standard features on the inside include iDrive system with on-board computer and touchpad controller, USB connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, BMW navigation with a 20GB hard drive, an amazing Harman Kardon sound system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription, HD Radio, heated seats, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, push-button start, and more. The only package you can get on the BMW M2 is the Executive Package which adds a rear-view camera, automatic high beams, heated steering wheel, rear parking distance warning, and speed limit warning information.
Interior room-wise, the BMW M2 offers 41.5 inches of legroom for front passengers and 33 inches of legroom for rear seat passengers. The trunk volume for the 2017 BMW M2 comes in at 13.8 cubic feet and that can be further expanded with the rear folding seats.
Let’s get to the best part about the 2017 BMW M2 – the performance. Following in the footsteps of the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, the BMW M2 is powered by a 3.0 liter M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine making 365 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 343 lb-ft between 1,400 to 5,560 rpm. That’s 30 more horsepower than the 1-Series Coupe and that means the BMW M2 is more powerful, faster, and more aggressive.
Mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, the BMW M2 goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds (with the automatic transmission). Comparatively, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed for the BMW M2 comes in at 155 mph.
It doesn’t stop there. The 2017 BMW M2 takes corners like a champ and handles the track like it was born on it. In addition, drivers can switch between driving modes using the Driving Dynamic Control, which also amplifies the exhaust note to go with it. If that wasn’t enough, the BMW M2 also comes with an integrated Launch Control function that assures the best launch from standstill.
Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 BMW M2 gets an EPA rating of 20/27 mpg** (city/highway) and 23 mpg combined (with an automatic transmission).
Besides the range of standard safety features, the BMW M2 comes with a long list of other safety features as a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive system. Those features include a collision and pedestrian warning system, lane departure warning, and dynamic cruise control. As mentioned above, the Executive Package expands those features with a rear-view camera, automatic high beams, rear parking distance warning, and speed limit warning.
Overall, the 2017 BMW M2 is an amazing sports car for the weekend track days and an outstanding and fun daily driver. Prices for the 2017 BMW M2 start at $51,700*. Test drive a 2017 BMW M2 at your nearby AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.