Although the exterior styling of the G87-generation BMW M2 (tested in our October 2023 issue) continues to divide options, few can argue that this latest version of the fastest-ever 2 Series offers a compelling blend of dynamic driving purity, while simultaneously being characterised by a more forgiving range of abilities than its predecessor. It has a longer and wider stance than before, a more compliant default ride quality and a more progressive delivery of performance which is managed by the car’s configurable driving modes.
BMW M2 Auto Fast Facts
- Price: R1 503 975
- Engine: 2 979, 6-cyl, turbopetrol
- Power: 338 kW
- Torque: 550 N.m
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic, RWD
- 0 – 100 km/h (claimed): 4,1 seconds
- 0 – 100 km/h (tested): 4,07 seconds
- Fastest lap time: 1:09,3
To incorporate the BMW’s fabulous (and possibly endangered) S58 twin-turbocharged inline-six petrol motor and M4-sourced running gear that directs performance to the car’s rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and electronically controlled limited-slip differential – the new M2 has a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the previous car.
Boasting 338 kW and 550 N.m of torque, notwithstanding that the M2 tipped our scales at 1 715 kg, it was able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 4,07 seconds, which is slightly faster BMW’s claimed time of 4,1 seconds.
Unlike the RS6 Performance, Mini JCW and Renault Megane R.S. that also feature in this Shootout, BMW has already confirmed that it is working on an even hotter (and presumably lighter) example of the M2.
Welcomed at Aldo Scribante Raceway on Day 4 of the Shootout by a pristine example of an E30-generation 325iS “Gusheshe”, the M2 is the latest in a long line of compact BMW sedans which in our market especially has a massive following. Whereas the car impressed in our initial road test (scoring 87/100), the track was always going to unlock an even higher level of prowess from this true M car.
Thoughts from the Cockpit
What does our guest driver, reigning GR Cup Champion and sim racer, Setshaba Mashigo, think about each of the Shootout cars after some hot laps around Aldo Scribante?
“If the Supra felt fast, from the outset the M2 felt like a step up in pace and poise. The S58 engine is wonderful, and I was surprised at how good the ZF automatic transmission is against a dual-clutch unit. For such a fast car – with a heady reputation – the M2 left me feeling under complete control and able to explore its limits at my own pace. This was one of my favourites.”
Find the full feature in the January 2023 issue of CAR Magazine.