The 2018 BMW M2 is a hot variant of the 2 Series that is built to pamper driving lovers. To make it happen, the M2 brings an upgrade from M division which includes a superb turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that blows 365 horsepower, sport focus chassis and suspension, larger brakes, more stickier and wider tires.
The result is a very agile and entertaining sports coupe that reaches its objectives without sacrificing comfort. Indeed its a bit more louder inside and rides a bit firmly, but does not restrict its use to weekend toys only.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 BMW M2 is a high-performance four-passenger coupe available in a single, well-equipped trim level.
Standard equipment includes keyless ignition and entry, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, heated power-adjustable sport front seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, leather upholstery, BMW ConnectedDrive phone integration service, navigation, an 8.8-inch central display, a USB input, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
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A list of options is pretty short. The Executive package adds adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking, a heated steering wheel, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless device charging. The M Driver package increases speed limiter from 155 mph to 168 mph and one day of training at a BMW high-performance driving school.
Stand-alone options include Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and a sunroof.
Under the hood, the 2018 BMW M2 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that produces 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission with an automatic rev-matching feature for downshifts. You can choose the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), which available as options. BMW estimates the M2 will hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds with the DCT.
The EPA estimates fuel economy rating at 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/26 mpg highway) for the manual and transmission 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway) for the DCT.
With the BMW 2 Series as a starting point, the 2018 BMW M2 interior gets some upgrades. The material quality is excellent for entry level luxury class vehicles, with padded pads for passenger comfort and good yet hard plastic elsewhere. The little M2 seat is covered with fresh faux-suede, blue contrast stitching and a smooth “M” badge.
It took some time to get used to the BMW iDrive infotainment system, but overall it was easy to use, and a credit for a large 8.8 inch screen for its sharp graphics. The addition of Apple CarPlay capabilities further enhances ease of use.
The front seats have an aggressive side bolstering that gives impressive support during cornering, but remains comfortable on long trips. Like the Series 2, the rear seat is best suited for smaller passengers because of the low mounted cushion and little headroom.
The 2018 BMW M2 13.8 cubic feet cargo capacity is very generous for this class, and width and low opening makes loading of larger items easier. Remote seatback releases further easier to load large objects. Adequate storage space, with medium size bins, bags and cupholders.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 BMW M2 has arrived at the dealership since July. The M2 price starting at $54,495 (include $995 destination charge). Picking DTC and you need extra $2,900. The Executive Package worth $1,550, while standalone options such as metallic paint ($550), a sunroof ($1,050) and Apple CarPlay ($300).