Earlier than the BMW M2 even hit the market, it was already being dubbed the savior of BMW. For therefore lengthy, BMWs had been getting larger, heavier, extra difficult and fewer pure. Automobiles just like the BMW M3 and M5 had been virtually stepping up a dimension and luxurious class, leaving their former driving dynamics behind. Positive, they received extra highly effective and had been a lot quicker than their predecessors however they each lacked the constructive really feel and suggestions of these older vehicles. So the BMW M2 wanted to be the automobile that introduced the Bavarian model again to glory. Speak about having plenty of weight in your shoulders, huh?
Fortuitously, the M2 delivered on its guarantees, principally. Being primarily based on the two Collection chassis, the M2 had a very good begin. It’s the fitting dimension, with small, compact dimensions, a brief wheelbase and a large wheel-track. It has a turbocharged straight-six engine below its hood and energy goes to the again. So it has the fitting recipe for good, old school driving enjoyable. It’s extremely thought-about to be the perfect driving BMW in the marketplace, as nicely. However is there any room for enchancment? Any room to make it sharper, extra dynamic and extra thrilling? The oldsters at BMW M Performance Parts thought so. Which is why they let me borrow a totally kitted-out M Efficiency BMW M2 for per week.
From the second you lay eyes on the Alpine White M2, it seems like a monitor automobile. The flat white paint, M-colored livery, 19″ black wheels, carbon fiber aerodynamics and slammed stance all make it appear prepared for a day on sizzling tarmac. If it had been sitting on a racetrack, it might look superior and completely at house. Although, we didn’t take it to a racetrack. We had it on public roads, parked in my driveway and within the parking zone of purchasing malls. In regular suburban life, it’s not precisely inconspicuous. That’s being good. Whereas cool wanting, the reactions from passersby had been combined. We both received thumbs up and waves or center fingers and imply stares. And plenty of each. So, when you don’t like being seen, possibly M Efficiency equipment isn’t for you.
In equity, our automobile wasn’t very tame. I’m unsure there was an exterior M Efficiency choice left off our take a look at automobile. You generally is a bit extra restrained with the choices checklist and are available away with a automobile that appears cooler than a regular M2 with out wanting such as you’re attempting too laborious. As an illustration, our automobile had stripes actually in every single place. On the edges, within the bumper, on the again. In every single place. Then there have been the carbon fiber aerodynamic bits, which included entrance winglets, side-skirt winglets and a carbon fiber rear decklid spoiler. It additionally had carbon fiber mirror caps and blacked out Kidney Grilles. Quiet wasn’t in our automobile’s vocabulary.
To be sincere, if I had been speccing this automobile, I’d forgo the stripes however hold the carbon bits. The latter are adequately subtle to look nice with out being too shouty. The stripes are cool however ought to solely be had if this can be a weekend toy or monitor automobile. Although, I’d positively hold the wheels. The brand new Model 763M wheels are gorgeous and, although costly at $5,500, they arrive wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. In order that they’re completely definitely worth the cash.
On the within of a regular BMW M2, you’d be forgiven for pondering it was a 230i. There isn’t a lot else happening the M2, other than some carbon trim and blue stitching. Nonetheless, as beforehand talked about, our take a look at automobile was no customary M2. The M Efficiency bits that adorned the cabin of our tester made it appear fairly sporty, although bordering on infantile. The M Efficiency steering wheel seems actually cool. We even had it on our BMW M3 tester from a number of weeks again. However regardless of it’s seems, I can’t very similar to it, as a result of method it feels. It’s simply odd feeling, because the rim isn’t utterly spherical, so holding it feels such as you’re holding a block of wooden wrapped in leather-based. Additionally, the hand bolsters on the 9 and three positions are far too thick, even by BMW requirements. So it’s not probably the most snug helm on the planet to carry. Although, it seems fairly cool.
I can stay with the bizarre feeling steering wheel due to its cool seems, but when there was one a part of the automobile’s cabin I didn’t prefer it was the shift knob. I didn’t like the way in which it seems, because it regarded a bit like a Transformer’s foot, and I didn’t like the way in which it felt. The entrance of the knob, the place your fingers go, is plastic and fairly slippery, so my hand truly slipped off the shifter a few instances, which is infuriating if you’re attempting to drive shortly. However the again is Alcantara and will get sweaty in the summertime. Each BMW and M Efficiency make higher choices than this one, so select both simply the usual leather-based knob (my private alternative) or a unique M Efficiency knob, as they each provide different nice ones.
Now, when you’re pondering that M Efficiency slapped some stripes and a slippery knob on the M2 and referred to as it a day, you’d be mistaken. There have been fairly a number of mechanical upgrades that made this automobile really feel very totally different from a regular M2. Firstly, the suspension. M Efficiency gives a three-way, manually-adjustable suspension setup for the M2, very very similar to the one discovered on the M4 GTS. So it’s adjustable in top, damper and rebound, all with a cool little software equipment such as you get on a GTS. We didn’t get the software equipment with our take a look at automobile, so we needed to stay with the setup that that they had on it already. And it was slammed.
BMW had simply had this particular M2 at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, a number of weeks previous to me driving it. Our personal Editor-In-Chief, Horatiu, was on the market to pattern it on the monitor:
“The most important cause why the M2 is an enthusiast-darling is that it’s about as easy and pure as you’re going to get from a contemporary BMW. It’s probably the most partaking and entertaining automobile in BMW M’s lineup and was the automobile most loved driving at COTA. If there’s a criticism in regards to the M2 it’s that it’s not as visually thrilling because the M3 or M4.
The M Efficiency livery helps with that, including M-colored stripes down the shoulder line and across the rear diffuser. It makes the M2 look racy and thrilling. Additionally, the Model 763 M wheels look unimaginable. They’re most likely the perfect additions to the M2, because the automobile’s customary wheels look a bit humdrum. The wheels are wrapped within the Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, which shine on a monitor like COTA.
The exhaust helps, too, although it’s not a totally titanium exhaust like on the M3. Although, it does sound incredible and the M2 outfitted with the upgraded exhaust was the perfect sounding automobile at COTA. It has the pure benefit of utilizing BMW’s N55 engine, which sounds higher than the M3/M4’s S55. So with the improve it sounds unreal.
Once more, the upgraded suspension is what shines on the M2 as nicely. The beneficial decreasing of the M Efficiency coilover chassis in comparison with the usual chassis is -15 mm, however an additional decreasing of -5 mm is feasible as nicely. There are additionally 16 setting choices for stress stage attenuation / 12 setting choices for compression stage attenuation.
The “tuned up” M2 was a blast in each the tight and quick corners, gave me the arrogance to be extra aggressive. Confidence got here additionally from the brake system which will get some love through more-aggressive M Efficiency brake pads, which BMW says make the most of a compound derived from endurance-racing setups.
The suspension improve is, in my view, the perfect aftermarket improve on the M2, particularly when you often monitor the automobile. It modifications the character of the M2, way more enjoyable to drive and extra planted on the monitor. It additionally considerably makes you a greater driver, you are feeling quicker with every passing lap.
What blew me away was how way more the M2 will be improved, with the fitting components. Offers me hopes that the rumored M2 CS can be a correct monitor monster, within the compact phase.”
So being that it was on the monitor previous to me driving it, it was arrange for laborious monitor use. That means it was slammed as little as it might go and set to its stiffest settings. Which additionally signifies that it was too agency for day by day use. Although, to be sincere, I used to be pleasantly stunned at how nicely damped it was. Positive, it was agency sufficient to rattle your fillings out of your enamel however it by no means felt harsh. Bumps had been felt, and there didn’t really feel like there was a lot suspension journey getting used, however they had been handled rather well, with one clean movement. So it at all times felt composed and tidy, by no means fidgety or overly stiff. It’s a extremely nice setup. It additionally seems kick-ass, slammed like that.
Our automobile additionally had an M Efficiency exhaust fitted to it, which was remote-controlled. So it got here with a bit of button, which was fitted to a bit of lanyard and caught into the cupholder with a bit of foam circle. It appears easy however it’s efficient. On the button, it says to faucet it twice to have interaction loud mode and faucet it twice once more to place it again into regular mode. In regular mode, it’s loopy loud. In loud mode, it is going to deafen. Chilly begins woke my neighborhood, for certain. Which is why I preferred it a lot. Though, I’ve to say, it’s solely beneficial for monitor use. In the event you’re going to day by day your M2, skip the M Efficiency exhaust, as even in its regular mode, it’s critically loud.
So are the folks from M Efficiency proper? Do their components actually make the M2 even sharper, extra thrilling and extra dynamic than regular? Sure and no. I used to be kind of combating the concept of our take a look at automobile throughout my whole time with it. I’ve lastly settled on the conclusion that when you’re going to trace the automobile or use it as a weekend toy, go for the complete beans and get the entire M Efficiency components you’ll be able to, as a result of they positively make it extra of an occasion. However when you’re going to day by day it, possibly skip most of them. Let me clarify.
You stroll as much as it giddy, like a schoolkid. It simply seems so loopy and thrilling and infantile, all of the issues us automobile fanatics love. It’s absurd however when you’re solely utilizing it each infrequently, that absurdity is enjoyable. Open the door and slink into the low seat and also you see that funky steering wheel and M Efficiency badges in every single place. It seems thrilling. Thumb the starter button and also you’re met with audible fireplace and brimstone, the kind of debaucherous noise that permits you to know you’re about to have some enjoyable, although it’s a bit naughty. It’s obnoxious and will definitely get annoying after awhile, however when you’re solely utilizing it sparingly, it’s nice enjoyable.
On the street, that low, agency suspension makes it really feel that rather more planted, that rather more linked to the street. Flip-in is quick and there isn’t a touch of physique roll. It’s reactions are violently fast. You quickly understand that this automobile desires to eat corners for breakfast. Open the exhaust valves with the nifty little button and also you understand the automobile desires to devour whole racetracks, not simply corners. It’s offended and violent and that’s kind of why it’s best to solely get these components when you’re solely going to make use of the automobile for that kind of habits.
The usual BMW M2 is an outstanding dealing with automobile, with wonderful chassis steadiness and spectacular efficiency. These M Efficiency vehicles do sharpen it up, making it much more dynamic when you’ll be able to actually push it. However therein lies the issue. It feels too sharp, too dynamic and too thrilling on a regular basis, it by no means is aware of the right way to change off. That exhaust is insanely loud, the entire time, even in its quiet setting and, at round three,000 rpm, it drones so loud it appears like your eardrums will burst. The suspension is so stiff that it merely can’t be used on a regular basis with out frequent journeys to a chiropractor. And it seems so vibrant that it’s always garnering stares.
The most effective components about the usual M2 is that it may change off and accomplish that very nicely. It may be a quiet, calm on a regular basis automobile and it truly is a non secular BMW M3 in that respect, as it may be used on a regular basis, on a regular basis for any kind of driving, each quick and sluggish. Including these go-fast bits simply make it good at being quick. So it takes a extremely well-rounded automobile and turns it right into a singular software. An excellent singular software however singular nonetheless.
In the event you’re shopping for a BMW M2 to be your weekend toy or monitor automobile, I’d say go for the complete equipment and get as many M Efficiency bits as you’ll be able to afford. They give the impression of being nice, actually make the automobile really feel extra thrilling and add a presence that make it really feel extra particular than Joe-Schmoe’s BMW subsequent door. As a monitor automobile, you’ll have an absolute blast with an M2 totally decked out in M Efficiency bits. However if you wish to use your M2 as a day by day, there are nonetheless some M Efficiency components value getting, like a few of the carbon and a few inside bits however simply keep away from the suspension and the exhaust.
So do these M Efficiency components enhance the BMW M2? They flip it right into a bonafide track-day particular and are wonderful at that. Simply don’t count on a day by day driver afterward.
Earlier than the BMW M2 even hit the market, it was already being dubbed the savior of BMW. For therefore lengthy, BMWs had been getting larger, heavier, extra difficult and fewer pure. Automobiles just like the BMW M3 and M5 had been virtually stepping up a dimension and luxurious class, leaving their former…
TEST DRIVE: 2017 BMW M2 with M Efficiency Components — Monitor-Day Particular
TEST DRIVE: 2017 BMW M2 with M Efficiency Components — Monitor-Day Particular