M2 offers comfort in the fast lane
Sports cars generally fall into two camps.
On the one hand, performance edge can be dulled by the desire for comfort; on the other, comfort may be sacrificed at the altar of pure power.
There is, however, the odd exception to this rule: the BMW M2.
Building on the success of the limited edition BMW 1 Series M coupe brought Down Under in 2011, the new BMW M2 coupe is available in two variants — M2 Pure ($89,900) and M2 ($98,900) — both featuring a 272 kW/465 Nm 3.0-litre turbo-petrol engine.
Driving through the rear wheels, the M2 Pure’s engine is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox; this was the car we tested.
The M2 uses a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic and Integrated Launch Control function.
Dominating the front, flanked by updated BMW twin circular bi-xenon headlights is the trademark BMW kidney grille with double black vertical bars designed to reflect the design of the M double-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels.
Large air intakes point to the car’s wide stance, at the same time, boosting aerodynamics and engine cooling through a combination of trapezoidal blades and outer air curtains.
Airflow is guided around the car helping to reduce drag by five per cent and lift by 35 per cent compared with the 2 Series coupe.
The result is improved balance at higher speeds.
In profile, wide flared wheel arches are connected by a line that runs through to the expansive rear end with L-shaped tail lights.
There’s understated boot-lid spoiler and rear bumper incorporating a diffuser above characteristic M quad circular tailpipes.
A driver-focused cabin features Dakota leather upholstery, Alcantara door trims and carbon fibre trim details. Heated front sports seats complete the fitout.
BMW brand highlights include leather wrapped three-spoke M sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, M logos on the gearshift lever and door sills, and special M2 dials and needles with a speedo running to 300 km/h and a rev counter topping out at 8000 rpm.
Navigation system Professional, HiFi audio system with DAB+tuner and full Bluetooth connectivity are all on hand, while BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance includes a comprehensive suite of services and apps. With its built-in SIM card, there’s access to internet and BMW Concierge ser- vices; automated transmission of service related data through BMW TeleServices; traffic information; an emer-gency call function; remote app functions such as locking / unlocking; ventilation control; headlight flash, and Google local search and send-to-car function.
Through BMW ConnectedDrive, the M2 coupe also offers integrated GoPro and M Lap timer apps that enable recording of data and video directly through the car’s iDrive Controller.
These can then be viewed on an 8.8-inch colour display. The M2 Pure also features full Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and safe hands-free phone calls and a high-quality HiFi audio system with DAB+ digital radio and USB and auxiliary inputs.
The top-of-the-range M2 features even more advanced technology for comfort, convenience and entertainment including keyless Comfort Access system, adaptive headlights with high beam assist, electric adjustment and heating for the M sport front seats, alarm system and a Harman/Kardon Surround Sound audio.
Large air intakes point to the BMW M2’s wide stance that draws plenty of attention on the road.
A sleek interior.
BMW M2 hugs the road.