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heycar review

      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Performance
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Raucous high-performance muscle car

Best bits

  • Incredible performance
  • Brilliant fun to drive
  • Surprising practicality

Not so great

  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Not the most precise manual gearbox
  • No convertible version available

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Overall verdict

"The BMW M2 is a raw and engaging driver’s car that has few natural rivals. It’s incredibly fast, handles well and sounds fantastic, but it’s not as razor sharp to drive as the best sports cars. The interior is starting to feel dated now but it's also roomy and practical enough to be a superior everyday proposition than a two-seater."

BMW M2 Exterior Front

Based on the BMW 2 Series Coupe, the M2's pumped-up styling serves to remind any casual onlookers that this is an altogether different proposition, with swollen wheel arches, a wider track, four exhausts and bigger intakes. 


Mechanically, it borrows liberally from the M4, with a wide range of mechanical upgrades designed to boost its performance and handling abilities. Launched in 2016, it was replaced by the M2 Competition in 2018.


The earlier car had strong performance, with a muscular 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing 370PS. The M2 Competition really feels like a true M car though, with a twin-turbocharged motor and bonkers 410PS.


Like any traditional sports car, the M2 sends its plentiful power output to the rear wheels, with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, and a seven-speed DCT automatic available as an option. There are quite a few advantages to the auto - refinement and economy chief among them - but we'd pick the manual 'box.


For this type of car the driving experience is right at the heart of its desirability, and with three pedals the M2 is very engaging to drive. Each downshift letting you explore more of the engine's explosive turn of speed.


Prioritising driving pleasure does come at the expense of comfort. The M2 creates a lot of road noise, and the stiff ride and standard 19-inch alloy wheels mean you'll feel every single lump and bump at low speed.


However, for such a focussed machine it's useable enough to be your only car. There is space to seat four, and a boot that's bigger (just not as well shaped) than many hatchbacks. The cabin can cope with carrying an assortment of daily items better than rivals like the Alpine A110 (good luck fitting your passport in that).


As you'd expect from a car that starts around the £50,000 mark, the cabin is draped in the racy trappings of carbon fibre, stripy M-badges and thickly-bolstered bucket seats. However, it's not as upmarket inside as the Mercedes A 45 AMG or Porsche Cayman - with some disappointingly flimsy plastics in parts of the cabin.


If feels like the money for a luxurious cabin has been invested elsewhere. Namely, the firecracker of an engine and a finely-honed chassis that make it such an exciting driver's car on the right road. Equipment is very generous, although there are a few optional extras that are worth investing in to create the perfect spec.


The BMW M2 feels like the spiritual successor to the original M3; a small and pretty coupé with a powerful engine and finely honed handling that makes it brilliant fun to drive on road or track. It's heavier than other sports cars - but the combination of a rowdy engine, playful handling and a manual gearbox is hard to beat.

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M2 Competition 2dr DCT

  • 2021
  • 15 miles
  • Vertu BMW York
  • York, YO304WR
Price:£49,995
PCP: £695.70/mo

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M2 Competition 2dr DCT

  • 2018
  • 41,545 miles
  • Vertu BMW York
  • York, YO304WR
Price:£35,500
PCP: £478.07/mo

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Is the BMW M2 right for you?

Most sports car buyers will have a mental list of essential requirements that a car must have to excite them. Depending on the person, that's likely to include aggressive styling, a big petrol engine, and rear-wheel drive. 


The M2 and M2 Competition are aimed squarely at this exact group, with the added allure of an (increasingly rare) manual gearbox option, it offers up a traditional driving experience that will soon be a thing of the past. 


As with any high-performance vehicle, it's expensive and comes with steep ownership costs. However, it also demands fewer compromises that a strict two-seater, with a big boot and set of small rear seats improving its usability.


For ultimate handling thrills, there are better alternatives, and its interior is starting to be left behind by the latest generation of hot hatches. Still, this would be a very fun car to own and drive daily, if you can afford it.

What’s the best BMW M2 model/engine to choose?

When it was launched the M2 had all the ingredients to make it a great new addition to BMW's iconic 'M-car' line-up - with rear-wheel drive, two-doors and a manual gearbox option. However, the six-cylinder engine was not as special as the powertrain in its bigger brothers, the M3 and M4 - with one turbo and a modest 370PS.


That changed in 2018 with the arrival of the M2 Competition. This car features the same twin-turbo engine from the M3 and now produced over 400bhp. It felt a lot more exciting to drive, and it's the M2 we would pick.


Choosing between the manual and semi-automatic DCT is harder. Purists will enjoy the added interaction of having a clutch pedal, but it's not the nicest shift, and the dual-clutch M2 is more civilised and cheaper to run.

What other cars are similar to the BMW M2?

There aren't many two-door coupes with the raw performance and visual drama to match the M2. Rivals such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and Alpine A110 feature four-cylinder engines and two-seater cabins.


Both are stunning to drive - especially the Alpine thanks to its lightweight design - but neither is as useable or raucous as the BMW. If you need a major dose of practicality with your performance then Mercedes and Audi will sell you two of the fastest hot hatchbacks ever made: the AMG A 45 S+ or five-cylinder RS3 Sportback.


This pair has the power to match the BMW (with well over 400PS each) and come with four-wheel drive to help rein in their handling. All of these cars will cost roughly £50,000 though. So if price is a factor but you want similar looks to the M2 then its worth considering the six-cylinder M240i coupe - it's £10,000 cheaper.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the BMW M2?

It’s the smallest, most affordable model you can get from BMW’s ‘M’ Performance division, with a bespoke engine, upgraded chassis, and stronger brakes to make it a better track car.

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How fast is the BMW M2?

When it was first launched the M2 had a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol turbo with 365PS, but now it is only available in M2 Competition guise, with two turbos and an impressive 404PS. That means it does 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds when paired with the dual-clutch gearbox.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the BMW M2 a good car?

It’s a little unusual, since most of its rivals are either hot hatches (like the Audi RS3) or two-seat sports cars (like the Porsche Cayman) but the M2 is a brilliant car if you like driving.

Dan Powell

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What is the difference between the M240i and M2?

The M240i has similar looks, but it produces less power from its engine, doesn’t get the M2’s trick suspension or the option of a manual gearbox. It also costs around £10,000 less to buy.

Russell Campbell

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Is there a BMW M2 convertible?

No, unlike on the standard 2 Series (and pricier BMW M4) there is no drop-top version of the M2, however a track-focused M2 CS special edition with 440bhp will soon join the range.

David Ross

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