The smallest of BMW's sport-tuned M models, the 2018 BMW M2 packs a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and top-shelf hardware into a lightweight, two-door body. The result is a serious sports coupe that's ready to head for the hills or the track.
What's New for 2018
The M2's dashboard and controls have been redesigned for a more open, sophisticated feel. LED head lights and a rearview camera are now standard.
Choosing Your BMW M2
The M2 comes in a single trim level, starting at $54,495 (all prices include $995 destination charge). The turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine delivers 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but a seven-speed, M-tuned dual-clutch automatic with launch control is optional (and worthwhile) at $2,900.
The M2 gets the same performance upgrades as BMW's larger M models, including an active rear differential, a heavy-duty cooling system, more aggressive disc brakes, lightweight axles, and a sport-tuned electric power steering unit. Outside are 19-inch forged aluminum wheels and an aerodynamic body trim. The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes just 4.1 seconds.
The M2 is EPA-rated at 21 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving with the manual transmission, or 22 mpg with the optional dual-clutch. The 3.0-liter features an automatic stop-start function to conserve fuel.
The M2 carries more standard features than the rest of the 2-Series range, including a navigation-enabled version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system on an 8.8-inch touchscreen, 14-way power front sport seats, adaptive cruise control, a proximity key with push-button start, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite and HD radio. All models receive black leather upholstery with blue stitching and carbon fiber interior trim. The trunk can hold up to 13.8 cubic feet, a generous amount for a coupe of this size.
As with most M models, optional extras are limited on the M2. The main package is the $1,550 Executive Package, which adds a bundle of safety technology, including lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, adaptive head lights with automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection. The package also includes a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, and a built-in WiFi hotspot.
The only standalone options for the M2 are a sunroof ($1,050), Apple CarPlay ($300), and metallic paint ($550).
While not strictly an option, buying an M2 also grants owners access to the $2,500 M Driver's Package, which grants owners a full day of high-performance driving instruction at a BMW Performance Center, located in either California or at the company's Spartanburg, South Carolina factory.
We heartily recommend the Executive Package, which adds a full complement of safety features at a reasonable price. It's the only box you need to check to get a fully loaded luxury sports car.