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

BMW M2

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

Performance Pros

BMW M2
  • 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.

Performance Cons

  • 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.

Interior Pros

  • 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.

Interior Cons

  • 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.