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The Top Gear car review:BMW M2
For:Fabulous handling, good steering, acceptable ride, fine engine
Against:The first year is sold out
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.