How Good is the BMW M2?

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To One Reviewer, the M2 is the Best BMW M Car on the Market

Although BMWs are known as the ultimate driving machines, some of them are more ultimate than others. Those with an “M” badge outdo regular BMWs in terms of appearance, power, prestige, and, most importantly, performance. According to automotive journalist and Youtuber Doug DeMuro, the M2 is the most ultimate driving machine of them all. He calls it the “best current BMW M car.”

Why? Its size – in more ways than one. DeMuro loves the M2 for its relatively compact dimensions. Given the 2 in its name, it’s smaller than the M3 and the even larger M5. The M2 is also down on power compared to its corporate cousins, but that’s a plus to DeMuro. The 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 is accessible on the street, even though those figures pale in comparison to those cranked out by the monster twin-turbo V8s of other M cars.

BMW went big on the blue stitching in the interior. It’s hard to miss. So is the fact that BMW offers the M2 with a six-speed manual transmission. It really stands out to DeMuro, who loves it for its linear clutch and easy-to-place shifter. The gearbox is so slick that it makes rev-matching easy. The hard, one-mode suspension makes flat cornering equally trouble-free.

The M2’s handling and tossable nature give DeMuro a great sense of confidence behind the heated steering wheel, which causes him to give it the highest praise for any current BMW M car he’s driven.

There’s a lot to be said about a small package with usable power and a manual gearbox (the new Mazda MX-5 Miata comes to mind), but what do you say? Is the M2 the best M car out there right now?

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