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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

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.

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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