The 2016 BMW M2 could be seen as the smaller, cheaper underling to the M4.
Yes, it is smaller. Yes, it is cheaper. But to call the all-new, first-ever BMW M2 an underling would be an insult to it. And this isn’t a car that deserves to be insulted.
After our first drive of the all-new BMW M2, we’re going to put it out there that the small two-door coupe offers a lot more than an M4, and for a lot less money.
The M4, in case you’re not aware, is BMW’s technically-impressive-but-not-so-personality-laden two-door mid-size performance coupe.
The M2, then, is more of a potential upstart that could spoil the party for its bigger Bavarian brother.
Priced from $89,900 plus on-road costs for the Pure base model and $98,900 for the better-specced version simply known as the M2, this new flagship member of the 2 Series range costs almost half what was once asked for the larger M4 Coupe ($166,900 at launch in 2014, reduced to $149,900 in late 2015).
So the M2 is about 33 per cent cheaper than the 2016 model M4, and in terms of dimensions it’s actually not that much smaller, though it looks a lot more squat due to its shorter wheelbase, toothy front-end and broad behind (4671mm for the M4 versus 4468mm for the M2; wheelbase for the M4 is 2812mm versus 2693mm for the M2).
But don’t let the numbers fool you – because the M2 is unapologetic in its brilliance, its purity and its intent.