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2016 BMW M2 Coupe Quick Review

By Damion Smy, 02 May 2016 Car Reviews

2016 BMW M2 Coupe Quick Review

The BMW M2 is the most powerful, fastest and sportiest version of the BMW 2 Series Coupe. It is designed for people who love driving.


The M2’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine is extremely potent for a car of its size, packing an almighty 272kW/500Nm punch. As a drivers’ car, it’s also offered with a manual gearbox in a ‘Pure’ edition; this version sacrifices comforts like electric seats and other conveniences to aid in performance.

If straight-line speed is your thing, a sophisticated 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is available, with this option equipped the M2 will sprint from 0-100km/h in a supercar-like 4.3 seconds.  


  •          Charming, powerful engine with a glorious exhaust note
  •          Fun to drive thanks to manual gearbox, fantastic sports seats and sharp handling
  •          Smart looking coupe body that remains elegant and sophisticated despite aggressive wheels and bumpers


  •          Lacks some of the personalised drive settings found in pricier models
  •          Sports-oriented tune means the ride is not as comfortable as other BMWs
  •          Offered only as a two-door coupe which may limit its appeal


The BMW M2 Coupe’s rear-wheel-drive layout makes it unique. However, for similar money you can also have a Mercedes-AMG CLA45 which delivers similar performance kicks in a coupe-like four-door body. If you’re after something smaller, the same powerful engine is offered in the Mercedes-AMG A45 hatch. Both of these are all-wheel drive, as is the Audi RS3 Sportback, which also offers brutal acceleration at a similar price point. ‘Purists’ will praise the M2 for its rear-drive thrills, while its all-wheel drive rivals offer alternative handling and more practical body styles. 

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