April 16, 2024
A pale blue BMW M2 seen parked in the hills
Enlarge / BMW’s M2 is perhaps the final M automobile it builds with three pedals and a stick shift.

Peter Nelson

We’re at an fascinating crossroads within the high-performance fanatic automobile market. Operating east to west is the adoption of electrical automobiles and a gradual discount in inner combustion engine automobile manufacturing. North to south is the development of ICE horsepower from the manufacturing unit over time, and it is unclear how far it continues from right here. Coming in diagonally is the weakening demand for handbook transmissions—that is sadly the place they finish.

In the course of this intersection is the 2024 BMW M2 six-speed handbook, hanging its tail out in a large managed drift across the edges, expressing one final hurrah as BMW’s remaining object of internal-combustion M automobile affection.

I not too long ago had the chance to pilot BMW’s newest, smallest M automobile by means of a few of Southern California’s most enjoyable mountain roads, plus Willow Springs Worldwide Raceway’s Streets of Willow circuit. With regards to rapidly determining this type of automobile’s powertrain and chassis, I am unable to consider a greater mixture of pavement. This is what makes the most recent—and final—six-speed-manual-equipped M2 era an general wonderful fanatic coupe.

BMW has given the M2 a much more muscular look than the normal 2 series coupe.
Enlarge / BMW has given the M2 a way more muscular look than the conventional 2 sequence coupe.

Peter Nelson

Targeted inside-out

Seems to be are subjective, significantly BMW seems, however I believe BMW did a very good job on the M2’s exterior. Its kidney grilles, headlights, fender flares, exhaust ideas, and large fenders—particularly within the rear quarter panels—are engaging. It is a muscular little coupe, and it positively informs you of its intentions with its huge intakes minimize into its entrance finish. Behind them lies a warmth exchanger for its engine’s air-to-water intercooling (extra on that in a bit), plus a number of different types of water and oil cooling to make sure long-lasting peak efficiency, all-twisty-road-and-track-session-long. It is arduous to mistake it for a base 2 Collection.

Inside, it is fairly spacious for a coupe and has nice visibility throughout. My check automobile included the $9,900 Carbon Bundle, which will get you snug, near-race-bucket carbon fiber seats and a slick carbon roof. I am 6 toes and three inches tall, so the absence of sliding glass up prime was a godsend and even allowed me to put on a helmet on monitor while not having to recline, a rarity in trendy automobiles. The seats are a little bit of a ache to slip out and in of, and the left leg bolster pushed inward barely an excessive amount of, impeding environment friendly and cozy clutch motion for my lanky determine. I think many of us would not have the identical problem, although.

Know-how-wise, a crisp 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen take up numerous actual property. BMW’s iDrive 8 software program is straightforward to get the grasp of, operates fairly seamlessly, and has good haptic suggestions. Supplies high quality is general fairly good; all buttons and dials felt substantial, and the Carbon Bundle consists of stylish slabs of carbon fiber trim as an alternative of the boring previous piano black plastic that is all too widespread in trendy efficiency automobiles.

Opinions are mixed when it comes to BMW's carbon bucket seats. They hold you in place well but can be hard to get in and out of, and the hump between the driver's legs is polarizing.
Enlarge / Opinions are combined with regards to BMW’s carbon bucket seats. They maintain you in place properly however will be arduous to get out and in of, and the hump between the motive force’s legs is polarizing.

Peter Nelson