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    343 @ 1400
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    3.0 L
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    4.4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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    51700
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The company’s smallest M car is loads of fun!

BMW needed a successor for the 1 Series Coupe, so it created the 2 Series in 2014. It took a couple of years, but BMW finally graced us with the BMW M2 To put it simply, BMW created a car with some of the 1M’s charm mixed in with the aggressiveness of the BMW M4. The exterior featured a menacing front fascia with large air inlets while the rear featured a sculpted fascia with deep character lines and vertical reflectors in the corners. The interior was driver-focused and littered with M-specific features like exclusive gauge needles, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, M steering wheel, and an infotainment system that featured a GoPro and M Laptimer app. All told, it was the compact M coupe we’ve been waiting for since the 1M was discontinued in 2012.

It would be hard not to say that the M2 was essentially an M235i on steroids, but that doesn’t change the fact that the M2 is still tied to iconic models like the E30 M3 and the 2002 Turbo from 1973. Even though it’s hard to consider something smaller like the M2, when you could just as easily get an M4, it’s the power that comes with the little coupe that makes it worth its weight in gold. The 3.0-liter engine under the hood features M TwinPower Turbo technology and develops 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to send Bimmers smallest M to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds with DCT.

Updated 05/12/2017: BMW dropped the official details on the facelift M2 sports car, with just a few weeks before its market launch in July 2017.

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The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020

The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020

Can This Be An M3 CSL E46 Hommage

With the M2, BMW most certainly proved it is still hard into developing epic driving machines. The M2 Competition, which is like the M2 doubled, was the next step into the direction any BMW enthusiast imagined. Now, seemingly, BMW is traveling even further into the extremes with the M2. Spy photographers (guys who probably camp at the ‘Ring waiting for their next braking pep) caught yet another M2 prototype. Some say it is the 2021 BMW M2 CS - the next hardcore version scheduled to shake and stir the whole goddamn small sports car market. The one to properly tackle the likes of the Cayman, some versions of the F-Type, and the like. I am still fresh from my driving stint in the M240i, and I can’t even imagine how cool a car like the M2 CS will be.

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2021 BMW M2 CS/CSL

2021 BMW M2 CS/CSL

The track-focused, go-faster M2 is coming our way

BMW is reportedly readying an even hotter version of its M2 to sit above the M2 Competition - they are the M2 CS and M2 CSL, and our spies believe that’s what they captured in these photos. Some older reports from before the Competition model was launched, called it the M2 GTS. The white prototype features several changes over the M2 Competition and, as a Whole, it looks like a more aggressive, track-focused machine.

It has been suggested that the M2 CS would be a North America-only limited model available from 2020 and that the CSL would be even more extreme and sold on other markets from 2021, but right now it’s too early to make these predictions. Both will clearly be lighter, more powerful and better around a track than the Competition which in turn is one step up from the base M2.

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Video: BMW is Up to More Weirdness with the M2 Competition

Video: BMW is Up to More Weirdness with the M2 Competition

The BMW has traded in its grille-mounted laser for a rear-mounted blade

The BMW M2 is back in the headlines with another bizarre record-breaking stunt. It’s already claimed the world record — or so BMW says — for popping 79 balloons in 60 seconds with a laser on its front grille. Now, the laser is gone, and in its place is a blade that’s attached to the rear of the coupe. The goal this time is to cut down more than 87 bamboo poles in 60 seconds. Did the BMW M2 Competition do it? Let’s find out.

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BMW M2 Competition Breaks Weird World Record in The Name of Marketing

BMW M2 Competition Breaks Weird World Record in The Name of Marketing

Who knew that the M2 could pack such deadly lasers

BMW teased a new world record set by the M2 Competition a few weeks ago. It was unclear exactly what that record was, but the German automaker has now released a short video detailing exactly what it is. To say that it’s a strange record would be doing the whole attempt a disservice. And yet, for some reason, we got excited that the M2 Competition broke a record we didn’t even know existed. Why? Because it used a laser in doing it. That’s right, folks — a laser.

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You Can Still Get Manual M Cars Because of the BMW M2, At Least Until Autonomy Kills Them

You Can Still Get Manual M Cars Because of the BMW M2, At Least Until Autonomy Kills Them

And, that begs the question, will autonomy kill M cars Altogether?

Automatic transmissions have taken over the world. Period. There are so many cars that are now sold as automatics-only that we are in a time where manual cars are a niche. The same applies to BMW M, except that there is a blessing in disguise that has kept stick-shifting alive – the M2. How, you ask?

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BMW M2 Competition Configurator Has Surprisingly Few Options

BMW M2 Competition Configurator Has Surprisingly Few Options

They will set you back around $9K though

Unveiled in 2015, the BMW M2 became the spiritual successor to the 1M Coupe and gained notoriety for being a closer rendition to the original M3 than the modern M4. Come 2018 and BMW unveiled the M2 Competition, a more powerful version of the coupe.

While Competition-branded cars are usually upgrades to the regular M model, the M2 Competition is actually a replacement for the standard M2, which was discontinued. Upgrades inside and out are rather mild, but the Competition variant stands out for featuring the engine from the bigger M4 under the hood. Available to order starting this month, the M2 Competition can now be customized through the company’s online configurator. Let’s have a closer look at the options.

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BMW Teaser Mystery Record Attempt for the M2 Competition

BMW Teaser Mystery Record Attempt for the M2 Competition

It involves laser beams!

It’s been just a couple of months since BMW unveiled the M2 Competition and the Germans are already looking to set a new world record with the coupe. In a newly launched video called "A challenge extended is a challenge accepted," BMW is teasing a record attempt that takes place in England. Unfortunately, there aren’t many hints as to what kind of benchmark this is.

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BMW M Performance Parts concept M2 Is Like A Throwback To The M3 CSL

BMW M Performance Parts concept M2 Is Like A Throwback To The M3 CSL

Toyota showed up to Goodwood with a camouflaged Supra in hopes of stealing the spotlight, but Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar, Brabham, and others made sure to get their own attention by bringing their latest gear. BMW was particularly eager to show off here, as next to their all-new 8 Series, they will be revealing this - the BMW M Performance Parts Concept M2.

Debuting at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will showcase all the breadth of BMW M Performance division who spruced up the M2 to previously unimaginable levels. It is a lighter, meaner, and angrier version of the BMW M2 Coupe. Some of the parts showcased here are destined for the new BMW M2 Competition.

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Video of the Day: BMW M2 vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Video of the Day: BMW M2 vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!

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The 2019 BMW M2 Competition Comes at a $4.4 Premium Over the Standard M2

The 2019 BMW M2 Competition Comes at a $4.4 Premium Over the Standard M2

At a little under $60,000, this thing is still ready to rock

BMW first introduced the 2 Series in 2013 as a follow-up to the first-generation 1 Series. Back in April of this year, the Bavarians unveiled the go-faster M2 Competition Coupe, offering extra power, more aggressive styling updates, and a more exciting experience behind the wheel, and now, according to a recent post from our friends over at BMW Blog, it looks like the two-door will be available this summer for a $4,400 premium over the standard M2 model.

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BMW M2 Competition Gets M Performance Parts

BMW M2 Competition Gets M Performance Parts

Suspension bits, lightness adding, and acres of carbon fiber details

Originally released in 2015, the M2 is Bimmer’s take on small, lightweight, two-door driving excitement. Now, the Bavarian’s go-faster division is blessing the coupe with a slew of performance parts designed to up the fun factor to ever-greater heights, while also adding some tasty aesthetics upgrades to boot.

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Comparison: 2018 BMW M2 Competition vs 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Comparison: 2018 BMW M2 Competition vs 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Which car wins?

BMW just unveiled the M2 Competition, a significant upgrade to the already familiar M2. Sporting exclusive features inside and out and a turbocharged engine borrowed from the M4, the M2 Competition is a big step forward for the nameplate on the performance ladder and may open the door to a more track-prepped version in the future. With more than 400 horsepower at its disposal, the M2 Competition seems ready to take on the heavyweights of the performance market, starting with the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. Does it have what it takes to go against Stuttgart’s mid-engined sports car? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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2019 BMW M2 Competition

2019 BMW M2 Competition

Compact size with M4 power!

Revealed in October 2015, the BMW M2 Coupe turned out to be a revival of the iconic BMW 1 Series M Coupe from 2012. With a more compact body and a power-to-weight ratio similar to the M4, the M2 is actually a better option for those looking for the dynamics and dimensions of the original M3. All told, there are plenty of things to get excited about with the M2 Coupe. However, as soon as it arrived, word got out that the M2 won’t be the most hardcore incarnation of the 2 Series. Original rumors talked about a CSL version of the coupe, but come 2018 and BMW launched a more powerful version of the car under the Competition name. And surprisingly enough, it’s not an addition to the lineup, but a successor to the M2 Coupe.

Although it’s actually mid-cycle facelift, the M2 Competition received a notable amount of extra features over the standard M2. The exterior is a bit more aggressive, while the interior gained new standard features and carbon-fiber trim. There’s big news under the skin too, where the M2 Competition comes with an engine based on the M4, with more oomph obviously, and upgraded chassis, cooling, brakes, and exhaust. All told, the M2 Competition is a slightly more compact M4 now, which is both good and bad for the company. Keep reading to find out why.

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It's Official: The new BMW M2 Competition is Here With a Mission to Lay Waste to the Porsche Cayman GTS

It’s Official: The new BMW M2 Competition is Here With a Mission to Lay Waste to the Porsche Cayman GTS

It’s nearly as powerful as the M4!

The much-rumored BMW M2 Competition was finally unveiled following a leak on the company’s Australian website earlier this month. The newest member of the M family is just as we expected: it’s mean, powerful, exclusive, and ready to take on the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS on both the road and the track. Heck, it’s so good that it might even pose a threat to the BMW M4.

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Video of the Day: Powersliding vs Drifting

Video of the Day: Powersliding vs Drifting

It’s a confusing line but there are clearcut differences. Watch the video to find out what makes a drift and what makes a powerslide.

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Pops' Rants: Is the BMW M4 Worth it with the M2 Competition around?

Pops’ Rants: Is the BMW M4 Worth it with the M2 Competition around?

When the Germans are trying too hard

Back in 2015, BMW did something really cool for old-school enthusiasts by launching the M2. A spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed 1M Coupe, the M2 is a tad smaller than the M4, and although it misses 60 horsepower and 63 pound-feet, it’s only three-tenths of a second slower to 60 mph and only six seconds slower on the Nurburgring. The M2 is the modern embodiment of the original M3, a status that the M4 will never benefit from. Things have just become a lot more serious for the M2 now, which climbed another step on the performance ladder with the Competition package.

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The BMW M2 Competition Has Leaked and It's Got M4-Like Performance

The BMW M2 Competition Has Leaked and It’s Got M4-Like Performance

BMW – blurring the line between the M2 and M4 like a boss.

The BMW M2 has only been alive for a couple of years now, but the smaller M4 has received quite the following in that short time. With a couple of years under its belt, it’s about time for the M2 Competition to make its debut and thanks to an “accidental” leak by BMW’s Australian portal we get to have an early look at what we can expect of the M2 Competition when it debuts later this month at the Beijing Auto Show. And, the best part is that it’s not just images—there are some specs too.

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2018 BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow

2018 BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow

All black for a menacing look

Introduced in 2015, the BMW M2 Coupe is the spiritual successor of the cool 1M Coupe and considered by many to be a more exciting proposition to the M4. And, the enthusiasts are pretty much right, as not only is the M2 is an authentic embodiment of the rear-wheel-drive, M-badged sports car, it’s also a bit more compact than the M4 and closer to the original M3 as far as dimensions go. With more than 12,000 units sold in its first full year on the market, the M2’s success is unquestionable. Now, BMW is celebrating just that with a special edition model called Black Shadow.

Not to be confused with the iconic Shadowline package, the M2 Edition Black Shadow is essentially a "triple black" treatment for the compact coupe. There’s absolutely no chrome on this car, with every single bright element reduced to either matte or glossy black. Oh, and there’s some carbon finish here and there too, which makes the Black Shadow a really menacing, yet somehow elegant car to look at. The kind that Darth Vader would drive on a regular basis.

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BMW to Launch an M2 Gran Coupe in 2019

BMW to Launch an M2 Gran Coupe in 2019

More models that defy BMW’s traditional nomenclature

A report is swirling around the Internet suggesting BMW is launching a new 2 Series Gran Coupe in 2019. The new sedan will also boast an M version, complete with the current M2’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque and will come with a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch.

For those not familiar, BMW’s “Gran Coupe” models are basically four-door sedans based on two-door coupes that have a hatchback rather than a trunk. For the 2 Series Gran Coupe, it will be an elongated 2 Series with four doors that is slightly smaller than the 3 Series sedan. BMW already does with the 4 Series and 6 Series. Making things even more confusing is BMW’s not-so-recent division of the 3 Series Coupe into its own model, the 4 Series. Then BMW gave the 4 Series (which is a coupe) a four-door version under the Gran Coupe guise. So in other words, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door hatchback version of a two-door coupe, which is a derivative of a four-door sedan. Yeah…

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Leaked Instagram Image Teases The BMW M2 Competition

Leaked Instagram Image Teases The BMW M2 Competition

Fancy colors, revised sections, and M components are part of the BMW M2 Competition

We all know that the BMW M2 Competition is coming in April. We also know that BMW M has high hopes for the performance coupé. Now we get to see what it looks like, or at least a part of what it looks like. Ahead of its April debut, a leaked image of the M2 surfaced on Instagram. The image doesn’t show much of the car — only a portion of the front end — but it does reveal enough to get us up from our seats. Look at the photo closer, and you’ll notice the coupé wearing a Hockenheim Silver body paint and features a revised front section and an M side mirror.

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Wallpaper Selections of the Day: 2016 BMW M2

Wallpaper Selections of the Day: 2016 BMW M2

2016 - 2018 BMW M2
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The BMW M2 Competition Could Debut in April!!!

The BMW M2 Competition Could Debut in April!!!

Could the compact sports coupe be BMW’s latest performance masterpiece?

BMW is no stranger to building superstar sports cars. The BMW M3 CS counts as one, and now, it looks like Bimmer’s preparing for the next one. Tipped to be the next great Bimmer, the M2 Competition is coming, possibly as early as April 2018. If that timetable holds, look for the new compact performance coupe to hit dealerships sometime in the summertime.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

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BMW M2 CSL Details Leaked

BMW M2 CSL Details Leaked

Exclusive colors, limited production run

Rumors of higher performance version of the already exciting BMW M2 have been flying around for quite some, and even though the Germans have yet to confirm it, we’ve spotted many prototypes on public roads. Set to arrive by the end of 2017, this new M2 will follow in the footsteps of the M4 CS. In short, it will lighter and more powerful than the standard model. The name is not yet official, but the M2 CSL has been speculated a lot. However, BMW could also go with the M2 CS or, according to newer reports, the M2 Competition. But while the name is still a mystery, a new report adds a few new pieces to the M2 CSL puzzle.

Arguably the biggest news is that the M2 CSL could have around 400 horsepower. With the standard M2 rated at 365, it was believed that the M2 CLS won’t get more than 380 horses, but it seems that BMW wants to take this coupe closer to M4 territory. Munich is also preparing a few exclusive features, like a new Silver Hockenheim paint, which will be offered alongside the already familiar Sunset Orange. Inside, the Dakota black upholstery will be paired with Polar Blue or Kyalami Orange stitching, while perforated leather will be offered as an option. Needless to say, it’s a welcomed departure from the usual black cabin found in M cars. Finally, word has it that production will be capped at only 1,000 units, with ordering to begin in January 2018 and deliveries in May.

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Pops' Rants: Facelifts are BS; Someone at Rolls-Royce May Be Smoking Pot

Pops’ Rants: Facelifts are BS; Someone at Rolls-Royce May Be Smoking Pot

And I still think there’s too much hype around the BMW 8 Series

Boy, I sure miss the good old days when car updates were more about the update and less about meaningless words in press releases. Things were much simpler back in the 1960s when most cars received yearly updates. No three-year planning, no bullshit. "Welcome to the new model year, have some redesigned features and a few extras," was the norm and it was absolutely brilliant. Nowadays, we just get facelifts with new headlamps and new speedometer needless. Pfeh!

If you haven’t been reading the news, BMW just upgraded the 2 Series and M2. And, by upgraded, I mean that it launched a big press release about nothing and made fewer improvements than the number of cups of coffee I have each morning. And trust me, I don’t drink too many. That’s slightly revised headlamps and taillights, new dashboard trim, and some minor changes to the instrument cluster. Facelift? I think not! You know what this is? Removing a mole off your nose and calling it a rhinoplasty.

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2016 - 2018 BMW M2

2016 - 2018 BMW M2

The company’s smallest M car is loads of fun!

BMW needed a successor for the 1 Series Coupe, so it created the 2 Series in 2014. It took a couple of years, but BMW finally graced us with the BMW M2 To put it simply, BMW created a car with some of the 1M’s charm mixed in with the aggressiveness of the BMW M4. The exterior featured a menacing front fascia with large air inlets while the rear featured a sculpted fascia with deep character lines and vertical reflectors in the corners. The interior was driver-focused and littered with M-specific features like exclusive gauge needles, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, M steering wheel, and an infotainment system that featured a GoPro and M Laptimer app. All told, it was the compact M coupe we’ve been waiting for since the 1M was discontinued in 2012.

It would be hard not to say that the M2 was essentially an M235i on steroids, but that doesn’t change the fact that the M2 is still tied to iconic models like the E30 M3 and the 2002 Turbo from 1973. Even though it’s hard to consider something smaller like the M2, when you could just as easily get an M4, it’s the power that comes with the little coupe that makes it worth its weight in gold. The 3.0-liter engine under the hood features M TwinPower Turbo technology and develops 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to send Bimmers smallest M to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds with DCT.

Updated 05/12/2017: BMW dropped the official details on the facelift M2 sports car, with just a few weeks before its market launch in July 2017.

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2017 BMW M2 CSR By Lightweight Performance

2017 BMW M2 CSR By Lightweight Performance

For those who can’t wait for the BMW M2 CS or CSL

As impressive as the BMW M2 is, rumors of a more hardcore version of the sports coupe are still bubbling to the surface. BMW has yet to confirm or deny the possibility beyond filing trademarks for the BMW M2 CS back in November 2016. But even without any official statements, there’s growing momentum of the car actually arriving, even though nobody knows exactly when. In the meantime, those itching to drive a nastier BMW M2 can look at the aftermarket scene to scratch that itch; it just so happens that Lightweight Performance has a new program for the BMW M2 that not only packs 610 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque but also has a good name – the BMW M2 CSR – to go with it.

Eagle-eyed readers will probably remember that Lightweight Performance already has a previous program for the BMW M2. It unveiled it back in September 2016 and it featured, among other things, an engine upgrade program that tops out at 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. It was a good program, but nothing compared to what Lightweight has prepared for the M2 this time. It’s not just about the cool name or the significant increase in power. This program also features a handful of new aerodynamic upgrades for the coupe’s exterior and a completely reconfigured interior that now includes an actual roll cage. This isn’t your standard BMW M2 anymore, ladies and gentlemen.

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BMW M2 Facelift Shows Just How Lazy BMW Can Be

BMW M2 Facelift Shows Just How Lazy BMW Can Be

You probably won’t spot the changes until they’re pointed out

When I woke up this morning, I fired up my iPad and went about my usual routine of seeing what was going on in the world today. Before I could make it through even half of the usual drama associated with this country’s current political state, I got a message from a buddy overseas saying the facelifted M2 leaked on a Belgian website along with a link back to our friends over at Bimmer Today. Sure enough, the story checks out, but right away I noticed that this facelift will be nothing to write home about. And, in all honesty, is really not even worth mentioning. But I thought maybe one or two of you might like to know what to expect when the 2018 BMW M2 goes on sale and why you’ll probably want to hold off on upgrading to a newer model.

To put things simply, the only changes to be had come in the form of new exterior lights. Up front, the headlights will keep the same shape and form, and even the weird little eyelid at the top of the light, but the LED adaptive lights will now take on a more angular look with clearly defined points that creates a broken hexagonal look. Around back, the only real difference is that the darker area of the taillight lens will now sit flat in the center and the reverse light will now sit at the very bottom of the taillight, toward the lower, inner corner. The reverse light will be a bit thinner and longer than before. This is great and all, but sadly, those are the only changes that you should expect from the 2018 M2, and it’s enough for me to suggest that you wait if you were considering on trading in an updating to a newer model.

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2017 BMW M240i ACL2S by AC Schnitzer

2017 BMW M240i ACL2S by AC Schnitzer

German tuner celebrates 30th anniversary in style

Noted BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has been in the tuning game for three decades and the company is preparing a special edition package to commemorate its 30th anniversary. And it’s only fitting with the 2017 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ACL2S, an evolved version of the ACL2 Concept the tuner showcased at last year’s Geneva show. Befitting its status as a legitimate anniversary piece, the ACL2S will not only be limited to just 30 units, but just as important, it was developed to encompass the tuner’s storied history as the quintessential tuning shop for all models wearing the BMW badge.

There’s a lot to piece through here, but it is quite obvious from the photos that AC Schnitzer has another winner on its hands. Not that people need to be convinced of that, but for those who are curious to know why the ACL2S is as good a celebratory special edition as there is in the market today, evidence can be found under the M240i’s hood where Bimmer’s new 3.0-liter straight-six B58 engine resides. Even with a few extra cc’s and a slightly larger turbocharger, the German tuner still put in the work to get the output up to 400 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Don’t look now, but those numbers actually slot comfortably between the BMW M2 and the BMW M4.

Beyond the impressive power gains, the ACL2S is also defined by extensive upgrades on the car’s exterior and interior, all of which come with the full scope of AC Schnitzer’s patented aftermarket expertise.

The attractive 30th-anniversary special edition M240i will no doubt turn some heads when it makes its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From there, it should be a mad dash to scoop up one of the 30 units that AC Schnitzer is going to make available to the public.

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Car Throttle Gets Technical About Getting Sideways: Video

Car Throttle Gets Technical About Getting Sideways: Video

Making sense of steering with your right foot

The term “drifting” gets thrown around a lot these days. Hell, some manufacturers will even add it as a specific driving mode. But what is drifting really, and how is it different from any other form of ass-out oversteer? Car Throttle decided to drill down and figure it out in this nine-minute, 51-second video. Commence the tire smoke.

At the heart of the video is the difference between powersliding and drifting, which is explained by Car Throttle’s resident “Driving Badass” Alex Gassman as such – “drifting is everything you do on the way into a corner and powersliding is what happens after the apex.”

Sounds simple enough. Playing the part of tire killer for this demonstration is BMW’s M2 coupe, which manages to kick out the rear with ease thanks to the 365 horses provided by a front-mounted turbocharged six-cylinder. It also looks pretty good doing the whole sideways in slo-mo thing.

Gassman not only demonstrates both types of oversteer, but also provides some helpful hints if you wanna try it out for yourself at your local closed course. Of course, if you do decide to explore either drifting or powersliding, make sure you do it legally in a safe, controlled, environment.

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2017 BMW M2 Raze by RevoZport

2017 BMW M2 Raze by RevoZport

A new year presents new tuning opportunities for BMW’s resident pocket rocket

Remember when I called the BMW M4 one of the most tuner-friendly cars in the market today? While that’s still true, there’s also an alternative truth to it and that alternative truth is this: the BMW M4 may no longer be the favorite BMW M model among aftermarket tuners. A case can be made that the M2, the M4’s younger brother, has that distinction. It’s hard to argue against that assertion because the M2 presents a strong and compelling case. Unlike the M4, the M2 has only been around for a little over a year and yet, there are already a good number of tuners that have developed and unveiled programs for the small performance coupe.

One of these tuners is RevoZport, who some people might remember presented a program for the BMW 1M Coupe back at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. But that’s in the past now because RevoZport has turned its attention to the M2 with a program that includes, among other things, engine upgrade program that helps elevate the coupe’s output to the vicinity of 500 horsepower.

Yes, there’s such a thing as a 480-horsepower BMW M2 that achieved that figure with only software engine upgrades to speak of. Remember that figure for later on because it beats out a significant number of competing tuners and comes close to matching what other tuners did using more components at their disposal.

Beyond the impressive power gains, RevoZport’s new kit for the M2 also focuses on a sophisticated aerodynamic body kit that helps improve the coupe’s cosmetic and aerodynamic characteristics. It might not look the part based on the photos you see, but this M2 means serious business. RevoZport made sure of that and the results are all there, waiting to be enjoyed by anybody who’s willing to get it for their BMW M2s.

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2016 BMW M2 "GTS" by Evolve Automotive

2016 BMW M2 "GTS" by Evolve Automotive

One last tuner for the M2 to end the year on a high note

The BMW M2 has arguably turned in one of the most impressive first-year runs of any car in recent years. That’s saying a lot considering that we’ve seen plenty of outstanding models make their debuts in 2016. But the M2 is on a level of its own, and that’s not even counting the number of aftermarket companies that have been seduced by its charms. So as we prepare to close the year on a high note, it’s only appropriate that we showcase one final tuning program for the M2. This one comes from Evolve Automotive, a U.K.-based tuner whose work on the M2 helps the coupe increase its output to 401 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

Evolve Automotive isn’t a particularly well-known tuner in the aftermarket circle. But you wouldn’t know it based on this program. The kit itself is comprised of new aerodynamic components and a well-spotted engine tune that brings out the necessary power that can compete with other tuners. The power numbers may not be up to what other aftermarket companies have done, but those torque figures are right where they should be, especially for a car like the M2 that can blitz off the line like nobody’s business.

The tuner even christened its kit as the “GTS,” an appropriate name for a program that can release GTS-level performance out of the M2. Too bad that BMW has yet to release its own M2 GTS, although if rumors of such a car are accurate, we can hope for the best that the coming year will see the car finally come to fruition.

For now though, Evolve Automotive’s “GTS” kit for the BMW M2 will have to do. Good thing is that the tuner did as good a job as it can to make the program live up to our expectations for what the GTS is going to turn out to be.

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2017 BMW M2 Convertible by Dähler Design & Technik GmbH

2017 BMW M2 Convertible by Dähler Design & Technik GmbH

Swiss tuner fills the M2 Convertible void that BMW didn’t want to

The BMW M2 is arguably one of BMW’s most important releases in recent years. It’s been universally well-received since it made its debut earlier this year and BMW itself acknowledges the M2 as the legitimate flagship model of the entire M division. So with all the plaudits it has received, it’s a little strange that BMW hasn’t maximized the M2’s potential the way it should. There isn’t even an M2 Convertible, a model that Bimmer has indicated it has no plans of developing anytime soon. Fortunately, the aftermarket world is a creative lot and in the absence of action from automakers, it’s more than willing to step up and fill that void. Feast your eyes then on this beauty, the BMW M2 Convertible from Swiss tuner Dähler Design & Technik GmbH.

Okay, so it’s not technically a BMW M2 Convertible because that model doesn’t exist. It’s actually a 2 Series Convertible that was on the receiving end of some nifty tuning upgrades, helping it attain power levels that put it in the vicinity of the M2. Not only that, the new performance-bred convertible was also on the receiving end of an aerodynamic body kit that replicates the sporty look of the actual M2. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then this conversation is a legitimate apple to the eyes.

The M2 Convertible may not exist in real life, but give credit where credit is due; Dähler did as good a job as a tuner is capable of because the M2 Convertible really does look like an M2 at heart. It’s not in the technical sense, but with an aggressive look that mirrors that of the real M2 and performance figures that are up to the coupe’s paces, it’s not hard to wonder why this project was christened as the M2 Convertible that BMW should have built in the first place.

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Detailers Domain Takes Delivery of Stock M2 and Quickly Makes it One of a Kind

Detailers Domain Takes Delivery of Stock M2 and Quickly Makes it One of a Kind

This is the process by which a BMW M2 gets tuned

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a car that goes from the showroom to the aftermarket tuning shops? It’s hard to imagine the laborious process that goes into tuning a vehicle, especially since most of the work is really an exercise in patience and dedication, not to mention the fact that the whole process is unglamorous to begin with. We don’t often see it because tuners prefer to give us glam shots of the final product, but rest assured, there’s a lot of work that goes on into not only developing these components, but more importantly, installing them to the cars themselves.

I say that because we have Detailer’s Domains from auto detailing online community Details Bliss. A few days ago, it started documenting the entire process of tuning a BMW M2 that it had just driven out of a BMW dealership. The car is as brand new as it’s going to get and off the bat, DD (let’s call Detailer’s Domains that) knew exactly what it wanted to give the M2 to give it the aftermarket upgrade of a lifetime.

Obviously, I’m not going to dive into the absolute specifics of each and every upgrade made every step of the way. That would be insane, not to mention incredibly time-consuming. Instead, I’ll take you on a quick trip around the inner workings of tuning this new M2, right from when it was brought to the tuning shops, all the way to some of the more notable upgrades that were given to it. The whole process itself isn’t even complete yet, but to a certain extent, most of the prominent upgrades have been installed on the M2, including generous helpings of carbon fiber all throughout the BMW M2.

So, enough chit-chat. Let’s dive in.

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2016 BMW M2 by Hamann

2016 BMW M2 by Hamann

Bimmer’s popular baby M sports coupe gets another tuning kit

If there was an award for the favorite car among aftermarket tuners for the year, the BMW M2 makes a strong case. You might even say it makes the best case. This year alone, a number of the world’s best aftermarket companies have developed programs for the baby M sports coupe, including AC Schnitzer, G-Power, and Alpha-N Performance, among others. Now you can add Hamann to that list, and considering the tuner’s expertise in building kits for a wide variety of performance models, picking which M2 program is the best of them all just got a lot harder. For its part, Hamann’s new kit for the M2 follows the traditional blueprint of a Hamann program. It’s got a flashy exterior that’s characterized by the new wheels. It’s got technical upgrades to help the car in top working condition. Best of all, it’s got an engine upgrade that boasts an increase in output to 414 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.

From a quantity and quality standpoint, Hamann’s program fits into what most would consider a complete tuning kit. There are no interior upgrades, but for the most part, the important items were worked on to the fullest extent in which they can be worked on without compromising the natural characteristics of the BMW M2. The numbers are there for this kit.

That said, Hamann isn’t the only tuner to work on the BMW M2 this year, let alone in the past month. AC Schnitzer started offering its own version of a tuning kit in late October, and that doesn’t even count the myriad of others that have released their own takes earlier this year. All these programs prove that the M2 tuning scene is as competitive as any other performance car in the market today, and the entry of Hamann into this aftermarket donnybrook isn’t going to help prospective customers decide on which tuning kit they prefer to get.

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2016 BMW M2 by AC Schnitzer

2016 BMW M2 by AC Schnitzer

Renowned BMW tuner joins in on the M2 tuning race

When you start talking about aftermarket tuning companies that specialize on BMWs, the name AC Schnitzer will inevitably come up in the discussion. The German tuner prides itself on being one of the best in the business when it comes to creating programs for Bimmers and that form has held true to this day. Take for example its latest project for the BMW M2. It’s loaded with upgrades from front to back and everything else in between. That includes a tuning upgrade that brings the sports coupe’s output up to 420 horsepower, 50 ponies more than the stock output of 370 horses.

It’s hard to expect anything less than the best from AC Schnitzer. In addition to the engine upgrade, it also prepared an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, interior upgrades, and suspension adjustments, all with the goal of turning the M2 into a bonafide sports car. Hard to argue against that logic, right?

The kit also happens to come at a time when so many other tuners are taking stabs at the BMW M2. A lot of the past programs we’ve covered have been impressive in their own right, but with AC Schnitzer in the mix, the choice of which program is the best just became a lot more difficult.

So go ahead, check out what AC Schnitzer has to offer. Just be reminded that the tuner earned its reputation for a reason.

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2016 BMW M2 GTS by Alpha-N Performance

2016 BMW M2 GTS by Alpha-N Performance

German tuner is back with a new kit for the baby M sports coupe

You’re probably wondering by now why the BMW M2 has become such a favorite among aftermarket tuners. Well, the short answer is this: it’s faster than it looks, it handles like a charm, and it’s more affordable than most sports cars with the same features and quality. In short, the M2 is a showstopper and tuners from all corners of the world have taken notice. Some, like Alpha-N Performance, have even developed different programs for the same car. And so, here it is again, the German tuner is back with an M4 GTS-stylized take on the M2 that also comes with 450 horsepower’s worth of engine upgrades.

By my count, this is the third time that Alpha-N Performance has released a program for the M2. Some though will say that these kits are merely evolutions of the last one and to that they have a point. But I’m not arguing about semantics here; I’m here to showcase what is arguably one of the most unique takes to the M2 that a tuner has come up with.

See, it’s not enough for just engine upgrades to highlight a specific aftermarket kit for the baby M sports car. With so many offers on the market, you need to be different, which is precisely what Alpha-N Performance did when it added a little bit of M4 GTS flair into this new program. The result speaks for itself and not only that, but it also shines the spotlight on Alpha-N Performance as an authority in programs for BMW’s resident pocket rocket.

The Alpha-N Performance GTS program for the BMW M2 will make its debut at the 2016 Essen Motor Show, which kicks off on November 26, 2016.

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2016 BMW M2 by G-Power

2016 BMW M2 by G-Power

New wheels and more power for BMW’s new performance eye candy

The BMW M2 is barely a year old and it’s already positioned itself as one of the most popular cars in the industry. Sure, it’s got it’s got a few drawbacks, but by and large, the M2 represents a home run for BMW. It’s become such a hot item that aftermarket tuners have also taken notice, as shown by the litany of tuning programs that are already available for the sports coupe. Not one to be left behind, G-Power is jumping into the M2 bandwagon with a new program of its own, with the highlight being a power increase to 410 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Those are stout improvements, but in true G-Power fashion, they’re not the only upgrades included in the entire tuning kit. There’s also an offer of new wheels and suspension upgrades to round out the whole program. Given the company’s reputation as one of the best BMW tuners in the business, you can excuse the lack of any exterior and interior upgrades to the sports coupe if the result includes performance and handling improvements that M3 owners can enjoy.

It’s tough to say exactly which among these aftermarket companies has the best program for the BMW M2. But the pattern is clear here: the M2 is a car that’s worth our attention and in case you have one, or are about to get one, you can take comfort knowing that there are tuners like G-Power that can address your aftermarket needs should you want to scratch that itch.

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A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

If Your BMW M2, M3, or M4 was recalled last January, it’s likely to be recalled again

Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.

All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.

It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.

The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.

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2016 BMW M2 "LW M2" By Lightweight Performance

2016 BMW M2 "LW M2" By Lightweight Performance

When good isn’t good enough, the baby M just got even better

The BMW M2 may be regarded as the baby of BMW’s M family, but the sports coupe has earned a reputation for being a bona fide giant slayer. No less than Jeremy Clarkson called the M2 his favorite M car ever, glowing words from the notoriously complement-allergic host of The Grand Tour. The M2 has more than just carved a niche of its own; it’s occupying other segments too. And that’s with just a standard model.

Imagine then if a tuner got its hands on a BMW M2 and made some improvements on the car. Lightweight Performance did just that with its new “LW M2” kit, a program that features modifications on every important section of the car, including its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that has been retuned to produce 450 horsepower, a sharp increase from the turbo six’s standard output of 361 horses. The LW M2 program also has an aero kit, a dressed-up interior, and suspension and brake upgrades that fully complement the modifications made to the engine. Oh, and there’s also a new set of wheels.

All together, the upgrades help give the M2 a sportier look and feel to it, as if the car needed more of those things when it’s already brimming with the kind of bravado that has earned it a reputation for being one of the best-driving sports coupes in the market.

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Beefier Version of the BMW M2 Could get its Engine from the M4

Beefier Version of the BMW M2 Could get its Engine from the M4

Coming to a dealership near you in 2017

There’s been a lot of talk about BMW working on a more powerful version of the M2, and rumors keep pouring. Word of a beefed-up M2 got out in 2015, speaking of the coupe being in line for a package similar to the M4 GTS, but with a "CSL" badge on its trunk lid. Now, a new report claims that the upcoming model could be named the CS and borrow its drivetrain from the BMW M4.

That’s the word from German outlet Bimmer Today, which claims that BMW will launch a more powerful M2 Clubsport (CS) for the 2018 model year with a new version of the N55 twin-turbo inline-six that motivates the M3 and M4 instead of the current single-turbo six-cylinder unit. The new mill would bring a power bump compared to the current M2, but don’t expect the new rating to be identical to that of the M4. In order to maintain a gap between the two performance coupes and prevent nameplate cannibalization, the M2 CS would arrive with some 400 horsepower. That’s 35 horses more than the standard M2 and 25 horsepower less than the M4.

The report also claims that M2 CS could also receive suspension components from the M4, thus making it even more track-focused than the standard model. The recipe is similar to what Porsche did with the Cayman GT4, which features various chassis parts from the 911 GT3. Interestingly enough, the M2 is already a solid competitor for the Cayman GT4 if we ignore the radically different engine layouts and prices. Naturally, the M2 CS will also employ new lightweight measure, with curb weight likely to drop by around 100 pounds.

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2016 BMW M2 By Speed-Busters

2016 BMW M2 By Speed-Busters

German whipper-snapper gets an engine upgrade fit for its size

When you’re a tuning company that goes by the name Speed Busters, it’s pretty easy to understand what your objectives are in the tuning game. Suffice to say, Speed Busters makes no bones about its intent with its tuning programs and the latest example of that comes in the form of its new engine upgrade package for the BMW M2, BMW’s resident road firecracker. For a car that comes with 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque in standard configuration, there’s something mystifyingly exciting about it getting 426 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

That in a nutshell is what Speed Busters was able to do with the M2’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The tuner worked through a meticulous process to get to that number, but in the end, the result should make for a wild and wonky M2 that’s going to be a ball of fun to drive.

Unfortunately, the perceived weaknesses of the M2 were not addressed by the tuner. The interior, in particular, will still get the same plastic treatment as the standard model. There are also no wheel upgrades to speak of, which would’ve been nice given what the car could look like with a new set of fancy wheels. The good thing is that there are other aftermarket companies that can pick up the slack with those items. Speed Busters doesn’t seem to mind because as the name suggests, it’s in the business of making cars faster and more powerful. Chalk this program up as a success in that regard.

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BMW Could Offer An M2 CSL Because The Market Asks For It

BMW Could Offer An M2 CSL Because The Market Asks For It

Limited edition, track-focused model could be badged as a "CSL" or a "GTS"

The introduction of the BMW M2 into the entry-level performance coupe market has ignited a wave of interest from fans of Bimmer’s M performance division. That interested could soon be paid off in kind by the German automaker with reports that the company has given the nod to release a higher performance version of the M2. There’s no official announcement yet, but the car could be introduced as the M2 GTS or the M2 CSL.

German automotive news site Auto Motor und Sport came out with the report, and while the excitement surrounding the possible release of these models should still be met with cautious optimism pending a BMW announcement, it’s worth pointing out that there is a precedent for an M-badged BMW to get either the “GTS” or “CSL” name plate.

The BMW M4 GTS, which was released in late 2015, is a more recent example. BMW only built 700 units of the car, which was packaged as a track-focused version of the M4. The CSL, on the other hand, dates back to 2003 for its most recent example. That was when BMW launched the M3 CSL, a 1,400-unit, stripped-down version of the E46 M3.

It’s not clear which way BMW is leaning, but in any case, the higher performance version of the M2 will be much lighter than the standard model. It will also be tuned for a more sporting purpose, likely following in the mold of the M4 GTS. Auto Motor und Sport also reported that the planned M2 will be stripped out, widened, lowered, and given more aggressive aerodynamics. It’s also expected to use more carbon fiber in place of the traditional steel and aluminum components on the standard M2.

As far as the engine is concerned, the higher performance version of the M2 will undoubtedly receive a bump in power, much like the M4 GTS. There’s no word on the actual number, but considering that the standard model already produces 365 horses, an output north of 400 horsepower is a real possibility.

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Watch EVO line up the BMW M2 against the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT: Video

Watch EVO line up the BMW M2 against the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT: Video

It’s an interesting race to say the least

I’ve got to admit that I love when Evo does drag battle videos. Its most recent battle pits the BMW M2 against the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT. Off that bat, it sounds like an unfair race right? German sports car against American “muscle,” V-6 against V-8, 365 ponies against 410 ponies – everything kind of points to the Mustang winning doesn’t it?

I won’t ruin the video for you, but this isn’t exactly a sweet race. One definitely outdoes the other and to be honest, that in itself is pretty damn funny. For those of you who don’t know the official specs, they are as follows: The Mustang has a 5.0-liter V-8 while the BMW M2 has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The Bimmer puts down 365 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque while the Mustang looks better on paper with 410 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. For the record, the Bimmer’s max torque kicks in at just 1,450 rpm while the Ford doesn’t hit its full potential until it hits 4,250 rpm. The Ford is heavier by 421 pounds, which means the M2 has one horsepower per ton more than the Ford. Both have a top speed that is limited to 155 mph.

The biggest difference between the two – aside from the difference between American and German engineering – is the price point. The Mustang goes, as tested in this video for $45,304, while the M2 goes for $60,296 at current exchange rates. So, with that said, click play to watch the video!

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2016 BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

2016 BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

The 2016 BMW M2 is barely out of the box, and it’s already making its debut at SEMA. The new high-performance coupe combines BMW’s 370-horsepower twin-turbo engine and the M Division’s racing expertise into a pint-sized package, and the result is getting rave reviews. Is it ever too early for aftermarket parts, though? The M2 showed up at SEMA displaying a host of new M Performance Parts designed for it. The show car is fully decked out with looks reminiscent of the classic race-bred 3.0 CSL, just in case the M2’s link to BMW’s racing heritage is too subtle.

It may be sitting on the show stand like a one-off concept, but this M2 is displaying parts that will be available in the spring of 2016. The M2’s performance is very well dialed-in already, and M Performance has focused on the car’s appearance instead, with a range of interior and exterior upgrade components.

Updated 07/08/2016: BMW dropped a new video showing the M2 Coupe equipped with M Performance Parts in action on the race track. Hit "play" to watch the new video.

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2016 BMW M2 by Alpha-N Performance

2016 BMW M2 by Alpha-N Performance

German tuner finally gives us an M2 program that covers all aspects of a proper tuning kit

Alpha-N Performance has been fiddling with the BMW M2 for quite some time now, but it’s only now that the German tuner has put together a complete tuning program for the little M sports coupe. Now we finally get to see what Alpha-N Performance is fully capable and by all accounts, those who waited for this day to arrive have been rewarded in kind. There are plenty of details with this kit, none more important than the three-stage engine upgrade package that produces a peak output of 430 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

It’s admittedly not much considering the standards the tuning market has set for the M2. But where it lacks in over-the-top power, this program makes up for with a full list of modifications for the exterior, interior, and suspension of the M2.

This is the kind of program that I like to call a refined experience. It probably won’t appeal to those who want their M2s to be turned into rockets, but for those who are looking to get upgrades all around without going overboard on the subsequent results and attached expenses, this is the kind of kit that is fully capable of hitting all the right notes.

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2016 BMW M2 by Manhart Racing

2016 BMW M2 by Manhart Racing

German tuner celebrates 30th anniversary with limited edition program for the baby M sports coupe

Manhart Racing is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and to commemorate its three decades in the tuning game, the German tuner has released a limited edition program for the BMW M2 called the MH2 630. You might have guessed by the use of the number ‘630’ in the program’s name that it has something to do with the output of the M2. And you’d be right. At the heart of the MH2 630 tuning kit is an engine swap that brings in the M4’s N55 twin-turbo six engine tuned to deliver a whopping 630 horsepower.

That’s the headline of the program but it’s far from the only notable detail. Manhart Racing did its homework here, as it should considering the status of this particular kit. So to further the celebration of its 30th anniversary, the tuner opted to use a color finish straight out of BMW Individual. It’s called the Sunburst Gold Metallic and while I understand that it might be too flamboyant for some, those who like their M2s on the flashy side will definitely appreciate the choice of color.

In addition, the program also has an aero kit made of carbon fiber and a new set of wheels. It’s a comprehensive tune of the sporty M2, one that should attract its share of attention. Unfortunately, Manhart Racing isn’t going to build a lot of them as it’s been reported that only five MH2 630 kits will be translated into the M2s. That should keep the exclusivity level up and bolster its status as a real limited edition program that celebrates the German tuner’s 30th birthday.

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2018 BMW M2 Gran Coupe

2018 BMW M2 Gran Coupe

The M2 is rumored to gain two extra doors to compete with the cool Mercedes-AMG CLA45

The BMW 2 Series was introduced in 2014 and it’s the first model to use the name following a split-off from the 1 Series family. Essentially created to include only the two-door coupe and two-door convertible models of BMW’s smallest modern vehicle, the 2 Series competes in a niche of its own. In 2015, BMW also launched a high-performance M2 version, giving brand enthusiasts a more affordable alternative to the M4, as well as offering the first proper successor to the iconic 1M.

Having expanded into new niches at an incredible pace in recent years, BMW reportedly is also looking to add more models to its compact range. The 1 Series Sedan has already been confirmed and an M1/1M is also in the books, but word now has it that Munich is also working on a Gran Coupe version of the 2 Series. What that means is that the two-door coupe will get a longer wheels and an extra pair of doors. This will enable BMW to provide a competitor for four-door coupes like the Mercedes-Benz CLA Class and the Audi A3 Sedan. More importantly, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is also rumored to get an M version to go against the sleek and powerful Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

Although there is no official confirmation for the 2 Series or M2 Gran Coupe, these models would make sense in today’s market. Sure, some argue that BMW is already offering too many M models and that the Gran Coupe could affect the sales of the 3 Series, but the truth is that Munich is in desperate need of a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLA. With that in mind, I put together a speculative review about what the M2 Gran Coupe would bring to the table, while our artist created a rendering to go with it.

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2016 BMW M2 By Dahler Design & Technik GmbH

2016 BMW M2 By Dahler Design & Technik GmbH

Care for a BMW M4 engine swap?

Imagine you owned a BMW M2 and for some reason, the compact performance car’s abilities just doesn’t match up with your expectations. Maybe you should’ve gotten an M4 instead, or maybe you just need to meet the fine folks over at Dähler Design & Technik GmbH. The second scenario is more ideal because the Swiss tuner has a program that will address your concerns right away. Instead of simply tuning the M2’s N55 3.0-liter inline six engine, Dahler is actually offering to take out the engine entirely and swap with the M4’s own S55 turbo six engine and then tuning the new engine to produce 531 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque with a top speed of 199 mph. That should be enough for the M2, right?

The proposal is interesting to say the least. I mean, an engine swap? Not a lot of tuners offer that as part of a mainstream tuning package, so you have to give props to Dahler for even offering it. And in case you’re not comfortable with your M2 engine getting replaced, the Swiss tuner also has what it calls the N55 Competition Line that’s made up of a three-stage tuning program that can put as much as 450 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque into the M2’s N55 engine, helping the car reach a top speed in excess of 186 mph.

Outside of the menu of engine upgrades available to the M2, Dahler is also offering a few aero bits to the body of the car. There’s also a new set of wheels and the expected suspension upgrades that are crucial in accommodating the work done on the engine. It may not be the most impressive tuning kit we’ve seen of the M2, but it’s probably one of the most unique ones that are being offered these days.

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BMW Working On New M2 GranCoupé

BMW Working On New M2 GranCoupé

It’s the high-performance variant of the 2 Series GranCoupé we never knew we wanted

BMW is adding yet another model to its M performance division and this time, it looks like it’s based on the 2 Series. The company already has the M2 in the fold, so now it’s giving the 2 Series GranCoupé the M treatment with the impending launch of the 365-horsepower M2 GranCoupé.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing the M2 GranCoupé to serve as a direct challenger to the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, two cars that have been staking their claim in the compact performance segment. Not much is known about what the sports car is going to look like, but there have been a lot of discussions within BMW on how it plans to come up with a gameplay to tackle the issues the stand before them.

Crucial among these issues is the design of the M2 GranCoupé’s body. Senior BMW officials are apparently torn between a traditional four-door coupe design or a more radical five-door lift back. Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s R&D boss, is reportedly keen on taking the more traditional route of a four-door look, but it seems that there’s still a faction within BMW that is championing for a liftback version to create a unique and more practical model when compared to the four-door RS3 and AMG CLA 45.

What appears clear at this point is that the M2 GranCoupé will come with a longitudinally mounted engine and a rear-wheel drive system as opposed to the transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive systems that are being used by its counterparts in Audi and Mercedes-Benz. BMW believes that using this format provides a more engaging drive for future owners of the model, at least compared to the RS3 and the AMG CLA 45.

The M2 GranCoupé is also expected to have a new interior layout that will serve as the basis for the facelifted versions of the 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet. Both models are expected to make their respective debuts in 2020, so having the M2 GranCoupé be the first model to get this new interior look should help increase its appeal.

No actual numbers have been announced, but there’s growing sentiment that the M2 GranCoupé will make use of the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s expected to produce 365 horsepower. Likewise, BMW has kept mum on the performance capabilities of the M2 GranCoupé, although it’s likely that it will have similar numbers as the M2 Coupe, which carries an official 0-to-62-mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. A six-speed manual transmission will come as standard on the M2 GranCoupé with an option to get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission also in the cards.

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BMW Introduces Special Edition Bike To Commemorate Launch Of The M2 Coupe

BMW Introduces Special Edition Bike To Commemorate Launch Of The M2 Coupe

It’s called the BMW Cruise M Bike Limited Edition and it’s glorious

The BMW M2 Coupe is nearing its long-awaited launch and ahead of the long-awaited date, BMW is doing its part to drum up interest in its first compact high-performance sports car by introducing the Cruise M Bike Limited Edition. Yes, it’s a bicycle and yes, I’d like to have one, please. The special edition bike is limited to just 1,500 units and just like the car that it’s commemorating, it’s pretty much cut from the same cloth as the M2 coupe.

For instance, it’s been finished with a Long Beach Blue metallic paint color, exactly the same as the official color of the M2 Coupe. In terms of its built and design, BMW spared no expense in giving the Cruise M Bike Limited Edition the best of both worlds. The frame is made from hydro-formed aluminum while the seat post and spacer are made entirely out of carbon fiber. It also has features a 30-gear system, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 28-inch wheels that ensure comfort and balance for the rider in any type of road surface. Fittingly, BMW capped off the exclusivity of the Cruise M Bike Limited Edition with specially made plaques to denote the production number of a particular piece relative to all 1,500 available units.

The BMW Cruise M Bike Limited Edition is one of the highlight pieces of BMW’s 2016 bike collection. One unit retails for €1,400, which is around $1,600 based on current exchange rates. Seeing as the price of the actual BMW M2 Coupe starts at $51,700 (not including destination and handling), it might not be a bad idea to give the limited run Cruise M Bike a double-take.

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BMW Wants You To Keep Your Eye On Gigi Hadid's M2: Video

BMW Wants You To Keep Your Eye On Gigi Hadid’s M2: Video

This is the German automaker’s interpretation of the shell game

Some of you may be familiar with the shell game, but for those who aren’t, it’s the game that you often see involves three cups and a ball. The game operator places one ball under one cup and then shuffles all three cups before asking somebody to answer which cup has the ball inside it. A lot of us have played it at one point in or lives but BMW is taking the spirit of the game to a new level by having fashion model Gigi Hadid serve as the “ball” and five BMW M2s playing the role of the cups.

The marketing stunt is part of BMW’s new campaign for the M2, although it also feels like the German automaker is also promoting the 20-year old American fashion model. Whatever the case may be, BMW prepared two videos, one your standard video and another in 360-degree interactive mode, showing Hadid in a body-hugging red dress getting inside one of five Laguna Blue M2s. All five M2s then proceed to weave around each other in an effort to confuse viewers. The German automaker then asks viewers to head over to its dedicated website, eyesongigi.comg, where they can pick which M2 the fashion model is riding in.

Seems easy enough, right? Well, if you’ve played the shell game, it’s anything but easy. But you can study the videos really good before you pick your answer. The 360-degree interactive video is particularly useful once you get the hang of how to operate it so you can follow the M2 Hadid is in from the start. For what it’s worth, I went to the dedicated website and picked correctly…on the fifth try.

Yup, I stink at this game and anybody who does play has a 0-percent chance of being worse than me at this.

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Motor Trend Gives the BMW M2 The Shakedown: Video

Motor Trend Gives the BMW M2 The Shakedown: Video

Is the baby M everything it’s cracked up to be?

Say what you will about BMW’s tendency to cut costs any chance it gets, but when it comes to the BMW M2, you hardly feel any of it. That’s because the M2, despite not actually having an M-specific engine to call it’s own, is arguably the best M car in the performance division’s lineup today. It’s clearly the most affordable, a status that comes with being the smallest M car in the family. But even with its size, is it really that much less of an M car as its big brother, the M4?

The folks over at Motor Trend sought to find an answer to that question and in true Jason Cammisa fashion, he managed to get his point across while still injecting a does or two of the sophomoric humor he’s become quite famous for. Together with ace racer and SCCA Hall of Fame inductee Randy Pobst, the two start off by taking both the M2 and the M4 for a lap around the Streets of Willow. Once the time laps were posted, Cammisa spent some time pouring over the details of the M2 with the kind of musings that only he can think of. Give him credit because he does make some astute points about the M2’s place in the hierarchy of all M models, and in the end, he does have an answer to the question posed above.

Think what you will of the BMW M2, but when you consider that it actually succeeded the universally loved 1 Series M Coupe, there are valid reasons why people want to know if the successor is as good as its predecessor. Check out this very interesting episode of Ignition to get your answer.

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BMW Has No Plans To Develop An M2 Convertible

BMW Has No Plans To Develop An M2 Convertible

BMW says buy a M235i instead

If you were holding off on getting a BMW M2 until a Bimmer created a convertible variant, then you might as well just go grab yourself an M2 coupe or suck it up and buy a BMW M235i convertible. Why do you ask? Because in an interview with CarAdvice, Frank Isenberg – the chief engineer of the M2 – said that there won’t be an M2 convertible simply because there isn’t a need for one.

Like it or not, the BMW M2 was made for track day. Sure, it belongs on the street too, but the track is its natural home. As Isenberg put it, “We’ve got such a nice M235i convertible. And convertibles are not for racetracks, they’re for cruising,” he continued, “You can take that car on a racetrack as well, but you wouldn’t choose it for track day. That’s the reason we said no (to an M2 Convertible).”

Granted the M2 isn’t quite as hardcore as the 1M was, but that still doesn’t form the basis to have an M2 convertible. Isenberg claims that BMW needs to keep the M2 as purist as it did with the 1M, so don’t expect a change of heart anytime in the near future. At the end of the day, it really isn’t all that upsetting – the M235i is a nice drop top.

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2016 BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

2016 BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

BMW announces its newest M2-based MotoGP safety car, and details everything that goes into making it ready for duty

It’s not very often that a partnership between and automaker and a race organizer lives and excessively long life, but it does happen. Take a look at the partnership between Dorna Sports – the organizer for MotoGP – and BMW. A deal was signed between the two back in 1999 to have BMW cars and bikes as the official safety and medical vehicles for MotoGP racing. In 2006, BMW’s M division took the role of “Official car of MotoGP,” and since then, BMW M cars have been at each MotoGP event.

Such a long and successful partnership is quite rare, but something tells me that success has something to do with BMW’s heritage and the fact that it puts a lot of time and effort into the safety and medical fleet for the MotoGP. Just take the 2016 BMW M2 MotoGP Safety car that you see in the image above. You might not realize it, but the car is transformed from a basic production car – one that is still wearing some camo at that – and is transformed by hand into the car it is today. The car is designed to be a safety car, but BMW goes a lot farther than that. Essentially, the M2 gets a long list of add-ons that makes it suitable for full-out racing.

So with that said, it’s pretty clear that the M2 MotoGP Safety car is one special Bimmer. Let’s take a look at what goes into making the M2 safety car, and all the equipment that makes it ready for race day.

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XCAR Takes A Look At The 2016 BMW M2: Video

XCAR Takes A Look At The 2016 BMW M2: Video

The BMW M2 isn’t scheduled to hit dealerships until 2016, but as early as now, the hype surrounding BMW’s entry-level buzzsaw is continuing to grow. Not that the car doesn’t deserve it because the M2 appears to have all the tools in place to be better than its predecessor — the 1 Series M Coupe — ever was and is far more compelling than the M235i. So, is the M2 really worth the hype? XCar’s Alex Goy took time out of his presumably busy schedule of testing out cars by giving us a nice walk-around of the M2.

As the fastest version of the 2 Series that money can buy, the M2 certainly has the look of an all-conquering M sports car. The big arches gives it a muscular stance and the sharp edges are placed where they’re supposed to be. In other words, the M2 has that unmistakable M aura to it, something the 1 Series M Coupe never quite had.

Just as important as its looks, is its beefed up 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out a healthy 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than what the 1 Series M and the M235i had, which makes sense, since successors, by definition, generally are better versions of the cars they’re succeeding. The M2’s power output should come in handy, especially for drivers who decide to try out the car’s burnout mode. Yes, the M2 has a burnout mode.

And just in case there’s still some lingering doubts on the authenticity of the M2’s “M-ness”, Goy ended the walk-around by bringing the six-banger engine to life. Just listen to that engine and there’s no question that the M2 has what it takes to quite possibly become BMW’s go-to M car.

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BMW M2 Vs. BMW M4

BMW M2 Vs. BMW M4

When BMW decided to do a name revamp back in 2013, the 3 Series became the 4 Series, and the 1 Series Coupe became the 2 Series. This, of course, meant the 1M Coupe would be replaced the M2. All good things eventually come to an end, and as sad as we were to see the iconic 1M fall victim to a death warrant, it didn’t die in vain. The M2 so far has proved to be everything you would expect from a predecessor, and then some.

A couple months ago, we did a comparison between the new M2 and the late 1M. That comparison made us realize that we have sadly neglected another M model that is noteworthy – the BMW M4. That said, we’ve decided to compare the M2 and M4 to see how they stack against each other.

When the M4 came to be, it took on a new inline, six-cylinder engine as opposed to the V-8 that the previous M3 Coupe used. The new powerplant was more efficient and more powerful, which was a huge deal for the M4. Naturally, the M4 is based on the larger 4 Series, so it is larger than the M2 and carries more power on tap. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the M4 is better than the M2; it just means that they both bring their own uniqueness to the table.

The biggest downfall I found with the M4 is that it was heavy and, despite having more than 400 horses under the hood, it doesn’t come off as being as fun to drive on the track as it could have been. The M2, on the other hand, is more compact and lightweight, which should make it a joy to drive on the track. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at the two and see how they stack up against one another.

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