Solo Highlight | Alpine White BMW M2 Coupé
The First Gen M2 is exactly what you want from a modern M car, and from a modern BMW in general. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s capable and is fantastic to live with every day.
We’re an admittedly superfans of the 2 Series. Every one of em’ looks great, whether it came in coupe or convertible form or had a stick or an automatic, was just a blast. It’s one of our favorite new cars on the market. It’s smooth, it’s powerful, it handles wonderfully, it looks good, and it’s premium and German without being stupidly opulent and in your face.
Behind those 19-inch forged alloys sit 380mm discs at the front (gripped by four-piston callipers) and 370mm discs at the rear (gripped by two-piston callipers). The brake disc hub itself is made from aluminium, which again helps trim the fat.
The M2 will launch from 0-62mph in 4.5sec with the six-speed manual, and 4.3sec with the optional seven-speed DCT automatic with launch control switched on.
Top speed is limited to 155mph as standard, but buyers can opt for an M Driver’s Package which raises the car’s top speed to 168mph.
excuse the mess, but one of the visits to us was a full Motul 5w40 Oil service w/ a Mahle filter that complements the punchy TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre straight-six engine. It’s an uprated version of the M235i’s 3.0 N55 unit, but instead of 321bhp and 332lb ft of torque, the M2 makes 364bhp at 6500rpm and 343lb ft between 1400 and 5560rpm, with an extra 26lb ft available with an overboost function.
Inspired by the M3 and M4 models, M2 engineers used aluminium extensively in the front and rear axles to reduce weight. The control arms, wheel carriers, axle subframes and stiffening plate on the front axle, for example, weigh 5kg less than if steel had been used. The rear axle is also 3kg lighter, and the 19-inch forged alloys (using Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres) reduce unsprung mass.