Just How Good is the 2016 BMW M2?

The first test drives of outrageously anticipated BMW M2 are in and the consensus is positive to say the least.

Motoring journalists from around the globe recently got a taste of the M2 in the hills of California, followed by a session at Laguna Seca raceway in California and shared the following thoughts.

“The M2 ties the M4 in every performance measure – the M2 is a far more entertaining car to drive.” – Motor Trend

“The 2016 BMW M2 is superb. Lay out your criteria for a contemporary sport coupe. Then check all the boxes.” – AutoBlog

“Five out of five stars.” – The Telegraph UK

The turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder coupe pumps out a whopping 272kW and 500Nm and will be offered with BMW’s dual clutch transmission and, for almost $10k less, a manual gearbox!

Standard performance features for both the Pure (Manual) and Regular (DCT) models include the Active M differential, M compound brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels. Luxury items include Connected Drive Services, active cruise control, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, Bi-Xenon headlighs, leather upholstery, carbon fibre trim, navigation and digital radio.

Even before the glowing reviews, buyers were placing orders faster than BMW could cope. BMW Australia Managing Director Marc Werner recently told The Motor Report, “We have significant pre-orders. We can’t talk absolute numbers here, but for the first year we will be almost completely sold out.” I’d imagine this allocation will be exhausted very quickly following the above reviews of the vehicle!

The M2 Pure will be priced from $89,900 plus on-road costs with the M2 starting from $98,900.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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