It’s rather like a shrunken M4
There’s an elephant in the room so let’s address it: the new M2 doesn’t look nearly as unhinged as its steroidal predecessor, the 1-Series M Coupe, and there’s more than a whiff of scaled-down M4 about its front end and three-door profile.
However, it’s still a well-muscled coupe – all bulging wheel arches and pent-up anger. We had the chance to meet it in a studio, and the squat proportions, inflated track (63mm wider than an M235i at the front, 69mm at the rear) and quad pipes immediately elevate it above and beyond the cooking 2-Series coupe.
The same could be said of the interior – there’s an M badge here, an embossed logo on the headrest there - it’s all very familiar, but with an extra 10 per cent aggression throughout.