The highly anticipated 2016 M2 marks the return of BMW returning to the tradition of making well-balanced, legitimate sports cars that also function as daily drivers. With an as-tested price of $54,495, the M2 is a relatively affordable coupe that has everyday practicality (three TFL staffers managed to take it to lunch with surprising comfort) combined with excellent driving dynamics. Compared to the M3 and M4, it has a shorter wheelbase that helps the car achieve better balance around the track than its bigger brethren.
The engine is a 3.0L inline 6-cylinder with a twin scroll turbo that puts out 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque (up to 369 with overboost). Those numbers were enough to propel the car from 0-60 mph in under six seconds. That’s not exactly whiplash territory, but the M2 is not about straight line performance as much as it’s about the total package. It’s tough to beat a rear-wheel-drive coupe with strong power delivery and a 6-speed manual.
So how did the M2 perform as it went around the IMI Motorsports track for Episode 2 of the TFL’s Hot or Not series? Watch the video below to find out… and to get Roman and Paul’s take on the “return of the 2002”.