BMW M2 2017 car review
By Cade Wilson
Take one great sounding turbo 6-cylinder engine, wrap it with a striking 2 door body, add huge brakes, performance exhausts, and paint it in long Beach Blue Metallic, gives you an idea of the beast we drove.
This update resulted in a headlight change from previous bi-xenon units to more advanced Adaptive LED systems, in combination with redesigned hexagonal DRL’s to give a more streamlined, contemporary look up front. The revised rear consists of single piece full-LED tail lights featuring a distinctive L-shape to give off a lowering and widening vibe to the back end.
M2 is now available with the cutting-edge iDrive6 infotainment platform as standard. Boasting a customisable 8.8” touch-screen along with a live-content tiled interface, interaction comes via natural voice recognition, rotary controller or touch pad for ultimate ease of use options at your fingertips.
Motorsport ambience is created as soon as you set yourself down into the leather sports seats and grab a hold of the ‘BMW M’ steering wheel. Sleek centre console in high-gloss black, refreshed trip and design stitching round off the interior updates.
Our test M2 came equipped with a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with paddle shift steering wheel controls. The drive was supplied to the rear wheels via an electronically controlled Active M Differential, which is pretty clever and can direct torque anywhere from 0-100% to either wheel. Some hardware and technologies raided from its M3 and M4 siblings have gone into creating a bespoke chassis, and additions like the M4 M Compound brakes, provide a strong pedal feel.
This particular M2 was decked with a few optional extras that just added to the experience and showcased just what the M2 was capable of. Features like Driving Assistant package with approach control warning, lane departure warning, and pedestrian warning with light city braking. Speed limit information and ‘Dakota’ black leather interior with blue stitching. Now for the best part, a loud and sexy looking M Performance exhaust system with carbon fibre tailpipe finishers ($7,500 worth).
The M2 has not been ANCAP safety rating tested.
At a glance
|Models||BMW M2 Coupe|
|Engine||3.0ltr 6-Cylinder Turbo|
|Price||From $117,050.00, As tested $126,650.00|
|ANCAP safety rating||Not rated|
|Power||272kW, 465Nm Torque|
|Fuel economy||7.9 L/100km|
|2WD/4WD/AWD||2wd rear wheels|
|Luggage capacity / payload|
|Adaptive Cruise Control||Reverse Camera|
|Adaptive LED headlights||BMW Connected Drive|
Rear park distance control
|DSC, ABS, BA, Dynamic brake control|