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BMW M2 review: Performance meets sophistication

The BMW M2, a German coupe, was initially launched in 2016, and the model you see here is the second generation variant from 2023. This high-performance version of the 2 series, known as the entry-level M car from BMW, comes exclusively in a petrol model priced at around 1 crore ex-showroom. It features an automatic transmission, with the option for a manual transmission available for an additional 1 lakh rupees.

The vehicle is characterized by its rear-wheel-drive sportscar design. It boasts BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line elements and is known by its codename G87. The M2 is assembled in Mexico and was designed by Jose Casas. This Completely Built-Up (CBU) model is equipped with Adaptive M Suspension for improved road contact and traction across various driving situations. It offers three settings for its electronically controlled dampers: comfort, sport, and sport plus.

The M2’s distinctive design includes a trapezoidal M air intake, M Frameless kidney grill, and automatic Adaptive LED headlights with High Beam Assistance. It also features rain-sensing wipers and the option for a 5 lakh M carbon roof. The car comes with electrically foldable electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle M specific outside mirrors, which include an automatic parking function and memory.

Its exterior is marked by flared side skirts, muscular wheel arches, and dimensions of 4.6 meters in length, 1.9 meters in width, and 1.4 meters in height. It has a turning circle of 11.9 meters, a ground clearance of 123 mm, a kerb weight of 1800 kg, and a gross weight of 2155 kg. The M2 rolls on 20-inch rear and 19-inch front M light alloy wheels, with further design options available. It features front and rear disc brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S extra load tires made in France.

The car is presented in M Zandvoort Blue, with additional color options including white, black, red, and grey. M2 customers also receive membership in the BMW Excellence Club, which offers various luxury experiences. The vehicle is equipped with an Active M sport Differential for better traction, agility, and stability. It also includes a diffuser, a dual exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps, 3D LED tail lights with dynamic braking lights, and an M Rear Spoiler.

For those seeking a more advanced experience, the M Sport Pro option includes a carbon roof, M lights shadowline, red compound brakes, carbon fiber trim, black alloys, and exclusive upholstery highlights. The M2 offers three engine characteristic settings—efficient, sport, and sport plus—along with launch control and Brake Energy Regeneration.

Additional features include Active Cruise Control, a Driving Assistant, and an M Dynamic Mode (MDM) for enhanced lateral dynamics and controlled drifting. BMW also offers an M training voucher for driving experiences and a BMW Secure Advance package covering various services including tire and alloy security.

Safety features in the M2 are comprehensive, including 6 airbags, ABS, brake assist, a rearview camera, BMW Condition Based Service, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Stability Control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, child lock, Side-impact Protection, and more. The 3-year, 40,000 km service inclusive package for the M2 is priced at 1.31 lakh.

The My BMW App allows for smartphone-based control of numerous car features. The M2 is also a member of the Ace Club Jaipur, a prominent car community in Rajasthan focused on uplifting car and bike culture.

Interior features include a 390-liter boot space, a 464-watt Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, M seat belts, black Vernasca leather upholstery (with a brown option available), electrically adjustable M Sport Seats with lumbar support and heating, an illuminated M logo on the headrest, 40/20/40 split folding rear seats, M Servotronic steering, a BMW Individual anthracite headliner, and an iDrive infotainment controller.

The M2 is fitted with an 8-speed M steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic, and a 6-speed manual transmission option is available. It has a 2-zone automatic AC and a 14.9-inch infotainment system supporting various technologies like Bluetooth, USB, BMW Operating System 8, and more.

The car is powered by a 2993 cc, inline 6 cylinder, twin-turbocharged BMW S58B30T0 M TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, capable of producing 460 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds for the manual version) and reaches a top speed of 250 kmph, which can be increased to 290 kmph with the optional M Driver’s package. The M2 also features an M Cooling system with high-temperature water circuits and indirect intercoolers. The S58 engine is a high-performance version of the BMW B58 engine, equipped with twin mono-scroll turbochargers and forged components from Mahle.

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