BMW’S pure indulgence
M CARS used to be about cornering grip and steering feel rather than outright speed.
The M2 Pure returns to that formula with a flair that shames some of its more expensive brethren.
The six-cylinder turbo cranks out 272kw/465nm, which is impressive without being insane.
Corners are an invitation to test the adhesion limits of the Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, at which point you quickly realise a track session is needed to exploit that grip without attracting the attention of uniformed chaps.
A six-speed manual is the $93,900 M2 Pure’s greatest point of difference over the $99,900 ‘regular’ M2. The three-pedal footwell increases driver involvement but inevitably isn’t as fast as the millisecondresponsive seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which helps the M2 hit 100km/h 0.2 seconds faster than the Pure’s 4.5-second time.
The Pure also misses out on adaptive LED headlamps, powered front seats and 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio.
There are only four paint colours to choose from and anything other than white is a $1547 hit.
Official fuel use of 8.5L/100km is achievable, providing you ignore the temptation to engage the engine to anywhere near its potential.
Expect real-world use of about 12L, which is still reasonable.
Servicing costs start at $1340 for a five-year/80,000km package covering oil, filters and spark plugs. Opt for the Service Plus deal and the $3550 price includes brake pads and discs, wiper blades and the clutch (providing BMW deems clutch wearand-tear to be part of normal driving use).
Affordability and the fun factor has powered the M2 to the top of BMW’S performance-division sales lists, largely because the company can now satisfy demand.
The company initially secured 535 cars and is now chasing more.
There’s not much else out there that can provide this much entertainment for this price, which helps explain why the car has won a slew of local and overseas awards.
Beyond the performance, the M2 has most of the features you’d expect in a premium car, from adaptive cruise control to semi-autonomous parking, leather upholstery and a smattering of carbon-fibre around the cabin.
Criticisms of the M2 are minor. This year’s midlife update added $2800 to the price of the Pure while the standard M2 only rose by $400, meaning the gap between the pair arguably isn’t big enough to convince your better half not to opt for the auto transmission.
Softening the adaptive dampers in the ‘comfort’ driving mode would likewise make it a more amenable daily driver.
As it stands you can feel the difference from comfort to sport but in both modes the suspension will bang over small irregularities.
Removing most of the noise-suppressing insulation from the donor M240i car has, not surprisingly, increased road and traffic noise in the cabin.
BMW’S M2 Pure.