Don’t let the ‘small car’ appearance of the 2018 BMW M2 Coupe fool you.
As I prepared for my first glimpse of clear road turning right onto Alexandra Avenue, I was intriguingly positioned behind an Audi SQ5, and thought this could be interesting, and it was… all the way up to 50km/h when we had caught up to nonetheless, a Toyota Prius… well that was that and Melbourne traffic wins again.
Much to my excitement when I received the grateful opportunity to test drive and review this weapon, I can now say it truly is the Usain Bolt of the road. And I thoroughly enjoyed everything about driving this car. However, note to my future self- leave the traction control ON.
To keep on track, (no pun intended) I have reviewed the M2 in relative categories, that as a car enthusiast are important to me and hopefully to others:
I found both the interior and exterior style to be consistent in its subtle, more is less approach. Which works fine for me.
The splashes of carbon fibre and Dakota leather trim are perfect and provide you with the quality feeling much expected in such a vehicle. The M leather steering wheel and gear knob feel great in hand and grip well under intense driving.
The 8.8inch touchscreen infotainment screen, also controllable by Rotary is awesome and gives you all of the options right at your fingertips. I found it simple to use and explore, as well as the GPS Navigation and pairing of my phone through Bluetooth connectivity. It should be noted that this is not a luxury car interior, and once driving you can appreciate the fact that the money was spent on driving, not creature comforts.
On the outside, in particular I love the look of the ventilated disc brakes hiding behind the 19-inch M alloy rims. The quad exhaust tips certainly add to its street credibility along with the subtle rear spoiler boot lip. The wider stance and larger guards give it a meaner stance and road presence.
A driver’s car in every sense of it and not for the faint hearted, the 3.0L twin turbo in-line 6 aggressively launches out of the starters block, the engine and exhaust note grab the attention of passers-by with a ‘don’t mess with me’ attitude.
This subtle yet menacing machine oozes confidence and outright performance. The beautiful sound of raw power thrills as I applied the right foot and felt the traction control doing its best work to launch me from 0-100km in a mere 4.5 seconds. I must admit, I really got a kick out of the overwhelming exhaust crackle in between gear changes that lunge you through the 7-speed transmission. The M Sport Suspension held its own through some tight corners under pressure with limited oversteer (which could be fun depending on your level of car control skills) and some helpful understeer which really helps if you overcook the entry point.
From a comfort perspective, the front seats are prefect- snug fit to the body, fully electric and surprisingly plenty of leg room for the taller types. The rear 2-seater space is quite bland and boring; however, the leather seating is very comfy and the carbon trims add to the overall finish to provide the feel and quality that you would expect. I personally don’t think you would buy this car based on rear seating capacity or space anyway. So realistically it was a non-issue for me.
I found the 390-litre boot space to be well proportioned and deeper that you would expect. And the 60/40 split would certainly help to accommodate a weekend getaway.
The M2 has all the latest safety and driver technologies that you really need. Head up display, stability and traction control, ABS, 6 airbags, reverse camera, and lane departure. I’m not sure what else you would really need. Oh, there is also 2 ISOFIX points if this is to be the family car of choice. Although it can be a bit stiff and bumpy for the little ones depending on how smooth the roads are.
Overall, I count the M2 in the same class as the Top Hot Hatches- Mercedes Benz A45, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, Audi RS3 & VW Golf R.
Whilst the M2 is not a hatch, in my opinion it is comparable based on size and all other relevant aspects such as power, price etc. I would definitely rate it the M2 in my top 5 having experienced all of the above vehicles. I believe BMW have produced a wonderful vehicle that as a ‘drivers car’, ticks all the boxes and will provide you with plenty of fun and one last reminder – leave the traction control ON.
Shout out to the man, Daniel Colina, Corporate Sales Manager FMO at BMW Australia, thank you very much for the opportunity to test drive the 2018 BMW M2 Coupe, RRP $111k. Corporate Fleet discounts available through INSIDE EDGE.
And next month, sadly back the boring stuff. As I provide a case study on one of our clients who have made the smart decision (in light of the upcoming AABS16 lease accounting changes), to move away from the diminished Operating Lease product to a Novated Lease model strategy across their entire business!
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