2016 BMW M2 Review – A Successful Successor to the Much Loved 1M Coupe

For the 2016 BMW M2, it’s based on the BMW 2 series compact coupes with a majority parts shared from the BMW M4; the brand’s compact executive coupe series, the 4 series. When BMW released the 1M coupe to the US market in 2011, it was a short lived success after a one year run; in order to satisfy the cravings of the sports coupe market, BMW finally steps it up with the much awaited M2. For the uninitiated, BMW’s M series are performance tuned version of their regular counterparts.

2016 BMW M2 Review - A Successful Successor to the Much Loved 1M Coupe

The 2016 BMW M2 is Still a Pure Sports Car to Get, Besides Being Dulled by Newer Technology

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the chassis of the 2016 BMW M2 is equipped with the M4’s suspension, LSD, brakes and even the 19 inch wheels. The result is a beefy looking 2 series on 19 inchers with pronounced wheel arches. Powering the M machine is an old-school 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6 cylinders. The somewhat nostalgic engine is then mated to either a short-throw 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch auto.

On the inside, its monochromatic black with a hint of colored trim on the stitching but everything is based on the standard 2 series interior. What’s noticeable is the lack of sound deadening when driving; BMW focused on weight reduction for the BMW M2 and even added synthetic engine sounds to play over the speakers when the distinctive the growl of the classic inline 6 alone isn’t enough for you.

Let’s skip to the good points of the vehicle as most of it is on the driving experience. Don’t expect a comfy ride on the BMW M2 as the stiff suspension is set up to make you feel every crack on the Nurburgring making you feel as if you’re one with the car. The compact coupe dimensions plus the 3.0 turbo 6 combination can make for a monster power to weight ratio, it has thrust all throughout the 2000-7000rpm power band.

There’s not much to say at this point; as a sports car the interior is a bit basic with everything taken from the standard 2 series coupe. The panels and surfaces are replaced with bare carbon-fiber in some parts. For the engineers working on BMW’s M division, weight reduction is priority and the need for adding more weight from tech packages is counter-intuitive. As a modern car, BMW included electronic steering assist and an auto downshift rev matcher. The electronic steering does take you away from the experience at the slightest bit but it can be bumped up with sport mode. The rev matcher on the other hand can be easily turned off by turning the stability control off but is not recommended unless you know what you’re doing.

The 2016 BMW M2 is a fitting successor to the 1M coupe and delivers BMW’s slogan: “PURE DRIVING PLEASURE.” word for word. There’s not much to say about the driving experience at this point, but for those who will get this vehicle, all you can do is enjoy the ride.


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