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9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW M2

£23,315£37,160
9/10
Overall verdict
A brilliant car, one of the best four-seat drives you can lay your hands on.
 

For: 

Fabulous handling, good steering, acceptable ride, fine engine

Against: 

The first year is sold out

Overview

What is it?

Just five characters in its name, but that says an awful lot. A pure and simple BMW driver’s car: no fuss, no mess, no all-wheel-drive or off-piste body style. M2. Its small size only concentrates the effect. It uses the 2-Series Coupe shell, but widened by 80mm to accommodate the suspension of the M3 and M4, albeit entirely re-calibrated for the M2 and its shorter wheelbase and bespoke tyres. 

The engine is based on the 326bhp unit in the M235i, but it has the pistons from the M3, and a new induction system, and profoundly revised cooling and oil systems capable of maintaining pressure and temperature even in the repeated high g and thermal stress of track work.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
M240i 2dr [Nav] Step Auto
4.6s 163g/km 39.8 340 £36,610
The cheapest
218i SE 2dr [Nav]
8.8s 125g/km 52.3 136 £23,315
The greenest
218d SE 2dr Step Auto [Nav]
8.2s 108g/km 68.9 150 £27,625
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