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F87 BMW M2 (2015-2021) review ­– performance and 0-60 time

The last of its generation, the M2 is a throwback to a golden age of small, rear-wheel-drive performance models from Munich

Evo rating
  • Controllable, well balanced chassis, cracking engine
  • Ride can still get agitated, standard brakes suffer on track

The DCT (dual-clutch transmission) equipped M2 Competition officially dashes from 0-62mph in just 4.2sec, putting it 0.2sec faster in a straight line than the manual car. Traction feels strong and the new engine gives every impression of being able to get close to the claims, in the dry at least.

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With 404bhp (up from 365bhp) the M2 Competition is certainly quick enough. Its twin-turbocharged, 2979cc, in-line six cylinder engine puts out 406lb ft from as little 2350rpm, giving it a elastic flexibility in all gears. M4 CS models typically have the most performance, with DCT-fitted models doing the 0-62mph sprint in 4sec dead; the six-speed manual adds a further 0.2sec. 

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Top speed, as you’d expect, is limited to 155mph. However, if that’s a little tame for you and you plan on spending lots of time on the autobahn, then the £2095 M Driver’s Pack raises top speed to 174mph. It also gives you access to one of BMW’s advanced driver training courses.

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