In-depth reviews

BMW M2 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

Performance and 0-60mph time

The DCT (dual-clutch transmission) equipped M2 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.

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.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

> Read our Ford Mustang review

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.

Most Popular


New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Audi S3

2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI

Audi’s next S3 Sportback follows a well-trodden path, filling a gap it once defined
11 Aug 2020

Aston Martin DBX review - the first performance SUV to deliver on its promise

Aston Martin's first SUV is more than a good SUV, the DBX is the best car the British firm makes
10 Aug 2020
Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo revealed – sober-dressed BMW M5 rival finally arrives

Some seven years after the launch of its executive saloon, Maserati has given it a V8 – with 572bhp
10 Aug 2020