Performance has become quite a byword in the luxury market lately. In keeping with that trend, BMW’s legendary M organization has been upgrading a selection of models to meet intensive high-performance requirements. Following up on the M235i, launched in 2014, BMW elected to give its 2 Series the total “M” treatment for 2016, aiming to complement the existing M3, M4, M5, and M6. In poker-player parlance, they were filling an open-ended straight flush, with inspired M-level performance.
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2017 BMW M2 Overview
What's New for 2017
Little has changed for the 2017 model year. The Executive Package now includes wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot with enhanced USB and Bluetooth. An M Driver’s Package is offered at BMW Performance Centers, not as a standalone option.
Choosing Your BMW M2
Starting with the basic M2 coupe, BMW’s M organization installed a striking body kit, including an enhanced front apron with more aggressive air inlets. Accentuating the coupe’s profile are wing extensions, rocker-panel extensions, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. An M spoiler resides out back, above a large rear diffuser and M-type exhaust outlets.
Inside, sport seats are upholstered in Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching and adjustable bolsters. An “M” logo adorns the backrests, while the driver gets an M-type footrest and kneepad, as well as M2-specific instruments and steering wheel.
Beneath the hood, a 3-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine generates 365 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, and 343 pound-feet of torque—available all the way from 1,400 to 5,560 rpm. When pushing hard on the gas pedal, a temporary overboost function can boost torque output to 369 pound-feet, up to 4750 rpm. That’s 70 more pound-feet than the previous-generation M3 model.
The standard six-speed manual transmission features automatic rev-matching, and sends power to the rear wheels. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 4.3 seconds. With the optional quick-shifting M Double-Clutch automatic transmission, 0-60 mph time drops to 4.1 seconds.
Fuel economy with automatic is estimated at 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined). Manual shift drops the city estimate to a rather non-frugal 18 mpg.
Built with a wider track than the regular 2 Series, the M2 uses a lightweight aluminum suspension. M-developed electric power steering aims to provide precise feel. Front brake rotors are 15-inch, gripped by four-piston calipers. M Dynamic Mode is said to counteract both oversteer and understeer. Also included is a variable Active M differential. An automatic start/stop function is standard.
Standard equipment includes power heated front sport seats with lumbar support, Dakota leather upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry, an adjustable front armrest, carbon fiber interior trim, Shadowline exterior trim, auto-dimming inside and driver’s outside mirrors, automatic xenon headlights, rain sensor, universal garage-door opener, and 19-inch black double-spoke alloy wheels. Also standard are adaptive light control, automatic climate control, dynamic cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, Harman/Kardon premium sound, real-time traffic information, and BMW Apps.
An optional Executive Package ($1,400) includes a heated steering wheel, rearview camera, rear park distance control, automatic high beams, active driving assistant, wireless charging and wi-fi hotspot, and speed-limit information. The double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic adds $2,900.
The basic 2 Series has been called the most traditional-type BMW on the market today, and the M2 adds to the coupe's visceral appeal. Priced at $51,700 (plus $995 destination charge), the M2 delivers a bounty of driving satisfaction in a compact package. Unlike most BMW models, the option list is refreshingly short—nearly nonexistent, in fact.
2017 BMW M2 Review
What joy is there in M-ville when BMW releases a new model. Last year, the M2 took a bow, a model that upholds time-honored M goodness without compromising on its modern touches. Kudos to BMW for staying with the manual transmission, while offering a double-clutch transmission for drivers who want to achieve top lap times.
Pricing and Equipment
Raucous performance awaits the M2 buyer. This model offers a slick countenance along with deep body sculpting and a rear diffuser amplified by quad exhausts.
Offered in one trim, the rear-wheel drive 2017 BMW M2 is powered by a 3-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine making 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; opting for the M double-clutch transmission (DCT) adds $2,900 to your price. Fuel economy comes in as high as 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for models equipped with the DCT.
Changes for 2017 include upgrades to the available Executive package, including a wireless charging pad, updated Bluetooth, and a WiFi hotspot. You can also opt for the new M Driver’s package, which supplies a full day of driver training at the BMW Performance Center and an increased top speed.
Standard equipment includes adaptive xenon headlights, 19-inch light alloy wheels set within performance tires, power-folding side mirrors, and M embellishments such as a rear spoiler. Other features include an M Sport steering wheel, dynamic cruise control, navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and heated front seats.
Pricing for the M2’s trim is as follows:
The 2017 BMW M2 is priced from $51,700. Add $995 to cover the destination expense. Packages and options are few, but include a $1,400 Executive package adding a rearview camera, a heated steering wheel, automatic high beams, park distance control, and active driving assistance.
Stand-alone options include the DCT, the M Driver’s package, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Choose any one of the three metallic paints and you’ll pay an extra $700 for it
- There is no smaller M model than the M2, but its somewhat diminutive size doesn’t mean it's without merit. The direct-injected, twin-scroll-turbo inline six-cylinder is not the same as what you’ll find in the M3, M4, or conventional BMWs. This one carries a special oil cooler and engine oil sump to enhance performance.
- The 2017 BMW M2 is quick, no doubt about it. BMW says models equipped with the seven-speed DCT have a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds.
- Can you say, “exceptional handling!” Without a doubt, the M2 encourages enthusiastic driving and supplies praiseworthy control on the twistiest roads.
- Our reviewers noted that the M2’s ride “can feel jittery on mottled surfaces.” On the other hand, it handles the harshest impacts with aplomb.
- The electronically adjustable side bolsters in the front seats are simply amazing. Go wide if you’ve been packing on a few extra pounds of late. Always go narrow when you take to the track. Few seats effectively blend the sporty and the functional as carefully as those found in the M2.
- The cabin is small and feels compressed at times. The rear seat is downright claustrophobic, but that shouldn’t be a surprise given the coupe’s size and design.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Automatic stability control is not a killjoy. At least not entirely. Switch to Sport Plus or M Dynamic mode, and the system makes an allowance for some of your tamer twitches and slides. Of course, you can always turn the system off.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
We hesitate to serve up complaints, but the $300 charge to gain Apple CarPlay compatibility is just wrong. Especially when mainstream manufacturers are offering both CarPlay and Android Auto as no-cost standard equipment on some models.
The Bottom Line
Bringing M performance to the 2 Series imbues this model with leading-edge driving dynamics designed for the track. While most owners will drive this handsome coupe around town during the week, the ability to run laps on the weekend gives the BMW M2 an edge over most competitors.