Best m car ever!

1y ago

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I was fortunate enough to be one of the first people in the world to drive the new BMW M2. I went in expecting more of the same — refined, smooth, like a bigger M235i with an M badge — but what I experienced was something far more satisfying and nothing like a regular M235i.

To summarize my feelings on the new F87 M2, this is the most exciting BMW I have driven since I started reviewing BMWs for BIMMERPOST. It is powerful, grippy and capable but unlike most modern performance cars today, it actually cares about the driver and involves him or her wholly in the experience. It is interactive, playful and approachable in a way that rivals the best driver's cars of all time. It is a deeply satisfying car to learn and will inspire you to become a better driver.

Me slamming the M2 into the corkscrew at Laguna Seca. It’s not as scary or challenging as people would have you believe. The left turn immediately after the corkscrew is actually more fun because the G forces have piled up and the entry is off camber

At 51,000 USD base (60,000 CAD), the M2 is tremendous value for the money. Even if you set aside performance -- of which it carries plenty -- the interactive experience of piloting the M2 is worth the price of admission. It is a completely different animal to both the M235i and the M3/M4. The M235i is not really a true M-car and the divide between it and the M2 is obvious within a few minutes of driving. And while the M3 and M4 are excellent vehicles, they are tuned for performance and sophistication. They are exceedingly well polished and mature products and have in fact, become too good for their own good. They have become slightly more grand tourer than pure sports car. I like and respect them a great deal -- and I understand their popularity around here -- but the M2 is the one that pulls at my heartstrings. Here is a car I would buy with my own money. The M2 is not just good. The M2 is bad. It is a complete badass.

The reason I think the M2 is such a riot is that while you can drive it neat and tidy, this little beast is most exciting when you get it moving around. It inspires you to play and drift. And because it is intuitive and communicative and approachable, it earns your trust quickly. You are encouraged to explore its limits. The Michelin Pilot Super Sports are the perfect tire for this car, giving the M2 a very grippy and responsive chassis while maintaining very progressive breakaway characteristics. It also rides well for such a focused machine. This is BMW chassis magic at its very finest.In fact, the M2 has made me fall in love with BMW all over again. I grew up in the days of the E46 M3, E39 M5 and the Z3 M Coupe and Roadster in the same brochure (they still handed out brochures back then). While the E46 M3 and E39 M5 were the polished, sophisticated machines that retained a wild side, the Z3 M Coupe and Roadster were total animals. In a way, this is exactly like the new M2. It is clear to me that it was designed and tuned by a group of die-hard enthusiasts who loving driving as much as we do! You can only drive the M2 respectfully for so long before the urge to play rolls in. It is both a hero maker and a hooligan enabler. This the kind of M car that has been missing for a long, long time and what a pleasant surprise to find something like this in 2016. The M2 is all about the thrill of driving.

Me driving the M2 on the roads around Monterey California. I had the 6 speed manual to drive on the street and the M-DCT for the track.

In fact, the M2 has made me fall in love with BMW all over again. I grew up in the days of the E46 M3, E39 M5 and the Z3 M Coupe and Roadster in the same brochure (they still handed out brochures back then). While the E46 M3 and E39 M5 were the polished, sophisticated machines that retained a wild side, the Z3 M Coupe and Roadster were total animals. In a way, this is exactly like the new M2. It is clear to me that it was designed and tuned by a group of die-hard enthusiasts who loving driving as much as we do! You can only drive the M2 respectfully for so long before the urge to play rolls in. It is both a hero maker and a hooligan enabler. This the kind of M car that has been missing for a long, long time and what a pleasant surprise to find something like this in 2016. The M2 is all about the thrill of driving.

If you haven't ordered one already, do it now. I'm already looking for ways to get this car into my own garage.

Catch my in-depth review here: Https://youtu.be/yA8U7a3dQNU

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Sam

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  • What a drivers car! I almost want one more than an M4 now!

    1 year ago

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