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The BMW M2, Jeremy Clarkson's New Favorite M Car, Ever

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From The Sunday Times: http://www.driving.co.uk/car-reviews...w-2016-bmw-m2/

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TWO RECENTLY launched cars have sent the specialist motoring press into a squeaking frenzy of tinkle-clutching ecstasy. One is the Ford Focus RS, which, they say, is as good as a Nissan GT-R, for less than half the money. And the other is the car you can see pictured here this morning: the BMW M2.

Iíll be honest. Iíve yawned through their eulogies, thinking: ďIím sure the Ford is very good Ö but only for people who canít actually afford a Nissan GT-R. And the BMW M2 is only very good for people who canít afford an M4.Ē

Seriously. Who in their right mind is going to wake up one morning and think: ďYes. I have the money to pay for an M4, but I shall buy something smaller, less good-looking and with less power and less equipment insteadĒ? Thatís like saying: ďI can afford to take my holiday this year on a superyacht in the Caribbean. But Iíve decided to rent a cottage in Margate instead. Because thatíll be better.Ē

The problem is that not-very-well-paid road-testers are like Brummies, endlessly banging on about how Birmingham is so much better than London, when everyone else in the entire world knows it just isnít. Unless you have only £7.50 to spend on a house.

Iíll be honest, then. As I climbed behind the wheel of the M2, my hackles were up. I wanted to scoff and scorn, and happily there was plenty to be disappointed about. The steering wheel was too big, the plastics were horrid, thereís some kind of eco-readout on the dash and the seat was so high I felt as if I was sitting on the car rather than in it.

And, yes, while it costs considerably less than the M4, itís still a whopping £44,070, which is a lot for what is only a jumped-up, pumped-up version of the 1-series. Which is basically a BMW Golf.

But then, about an hour later, I was in a secret-squirrel car park near Stamford Bridge, on my way to that dismal Chelsea game against Manchester City. It was chock-full of Aston Martins and Range Rovers, as youíd imagine, and yet somehow the little BMW didnít look out of place at all. It may be only a 1-series in a muscle-man suit, but thanks to its flared wheelarches and the way the tyres seem to be stretched to breaking point to fit over the huge rims, it looks kinda cool. I liked it.

And then three hours after that, I was on the A1, going round a long left-hander at 70mph, and I thought: ďHang on a minute. This steering is absolutely bleeding fantastic.Ē I wasnít taxing the car in any way at all; a Reliant Robin could have taken that bend at 70mph with ease. And yet I could feel that the steering was weighted perfectly and that it was talking to me in a gentle whisper.



And what makes that even more astonishing is that the power assistance is electric. Which means that the sensations were all artificial. If BMW ever makes a sex robot, you should buy one immediately, because itíll be indistinguishable from going to bed with an actual person.

Later I was overtaken by a Porsche 911 GTS that was travelling at about a million. And then, before Iíd had a chance to think, ďGolly, that was quickĒ, my world was rocked by an Aston Martin DB9 that tore by at a million and one. Itís been a while since Iíve seen two cars really going for it on the public highway. Itís a hobby I thought had been killed off by speed cameras. But plainly, up there in the flatlands of eastern England, thereís nothing else to do once the turnips are planted, so the locals are still at it.

I didnít join in. Well, not much. But, coming off one roundabout, I may have put my foot down a bit, into the overboost zone of the M2ís turbocharged torque lake, and thereís no getting round the fact that it was faster than both of the way more expensive GT cars.

At first I thought the M2 simply felt fast because from behind the wheel itís as if youíre in a low-rent hatchback. So youíre not expecting much of a shove in the back. But, actually, itís fast no matter what yardstick you use. Round the Hockenheim racetrack in Germany itís faster, apparently, than its bigger brothers.

And thatís because itís not just fast in a straight line. Itís also fast through the corners. And not just fast, but a complete delight.

Itís worth remembering at this point that while the M4 is extremely good, it is not perfect. It has a lot of electronic jiggery- pokery in the steering and suspension systems that in the M2 is gone. BMWís engineers set it up to be as good as it can be, and you arenít given buttons to change anything. Thatís why the M2 is cheaper than the M4: because itís less complicated. And because itís less complicated, it is a better drive. Much better. Itís so good that in a few bends I was actually dribbling with joy.

Thanks to a clever electromechanical differential, it can corner with its tail out like a Looney Tunes muscle car, or right on the raggedy edge of adhesion like a proper racer. Itís brilliant at both disciplines. And you want to know the best bit? Itís not in the least bit uncomfortable. Sure, itís stiff, so itís a bit bumpy on poor road surfaces, but it never jars.

My only concern is that in the last small BMW M car ó the 1M ó I suffered the biggest and most sudden spin in my entire road-testing career. It hit a puddle while travelling in a straight line and swapped ends in an instant. Will the M2 do that? I donít know. It wasnít raining.



Away from the performance stuff, you get seats in the back that can be used by humans and a large boot. And now itís time to get back to the performance stuff, with news that the M2 comes with a launch control system that permits what are called ďsmoky burnoutĒ starts. Utterly pointless. Youíll never use it. But itís fun to know you could.

There have been many M cars over the years. The lineage stretches back to 1986 and the original toe-in-the-water, left- hand-drive-only M3, which many still regard as the best. I disagree. It was too racy. Too serious. And in the wrong hands ó mine, at the time ó a twitching nightmare.

I like the M3 before the present model ó the one with the V8 ó and I adore the current M6 Gran Coupť. And then there was the original, 286bhp M5: the ultimate Q-car. It looked like the sort of box that your chest freezer was delivered in but it went like a spaceship. Thatís always been my favourite M car. Until now.

The road-testers were right. The M2 is a lot cheaper than the M4. And a lot better as well. Itís a fabulous little car, and now Iím looking forward to getting my hands on a Focus RS. Which, apparently, is even better.
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High praise from Jezza.
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Wow, a lot of nice words, very unusual haha

Looking forward to seeing how he compares the RS to the M2.
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it is nice when a pompous, pretentious, self absorbed, arrogant chap like Jeremy can admit that he was wrong and that the less expensive car is actually better..

The road-testers were right. The M2 is a lot cheaper than the M4. And a lot better as well. It’s a fabulous little car

Jeremy's favorite M car ever? Even over the E9x M3 *and the F80/82 M3/M4 ? blasphemy!

Just waiting for CosmosMpower to follow suit..

I do find Jeremy's comments about the E30 M3 interesting...

There have been many M cars over the years. The lineage stretches back to 1986 and the original toe-in-the-water, left- hand-drive-only M3, which many still regard as the best. I disagree It was too racy. Too serious. And in the wrong hands — mine, at the time — a twitching nightmare

along with his comments about the 1M...

My only concern is that in the last small BMW M car — the 1M — I suffered the biggest and most sudden spin in my entire road-testing career. It hit a puddle while travelling in a straight line and swapped ends in an instant. Will the M2 do that? I don’t know. It wasn’t raining

Sounds like we need to get Jeremy, an M2 and a wet weather day along with a camera... so we can see how special the M2 is....

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I do find Jeremy's comments about the E30 M3 interesting...

There have been many M cars over the years. The lineage stretches back to 1986 and the original toe-in-the-water, left- hand-drive-only M3, which many still regard as the best. I disagree It was too racy. Too serious. And in the wrong hands ó mine, at the time ó a twitching nightmare

along with his comments about the 1M...

My only concern is that in the last small BMW M car ó the 1M ó I suffered the biggest and most sudden spin in my entire road-testing career. It hit a puddle while travelling in a straight line and swapped ends in an instant. Will the M2 do that? I donít know. It wasnít raining
That spin was actually in a M135, not a 1M, same chassis though. Still, the 1M is a twitchy car. It's clear that Jezza prefers linear and predictable back-end movement.
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In his Focus RS review he seemed to like it though he didn't make a comparison with the M2. Both got 4/5 stars. He gave the Miata 5/5.
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Just a heads up: That article is over two months old.
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Just a heads up: That article is over two months old.
Thanks, Captain.
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And has been posted here already ...
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Another repost: http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1260406
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And what makes that even more astonishing is that the power assistance is electric. Which means that the sensations were all artificial. If BMW ever makes a sex robot, you should buy one immediately, because itíll be indistinguishable from going to bed with an actual person.
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If BMW ever makes a sex robot, you should buy one immediately, because itíll be indistinguishable from going to bed with an actual person.
Sounds good,put me on the waiting list
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Where does it say it's his favorite M car ever?
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Where does it say it's his favorite M car ever?
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I like the M3 before the present model ó the one with the V8 ó and I adore the current M6 Gran Coupť. And then there was the original, 286bhp M5: the ultimate Q-car. It looked like the sort of box that your chest freezer was delivered in but it went like a spaceship. Thatís always been my favourite M car. Until now.
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it is nice when a pompous, pretentious, self absorbed, arrogant chap like Jeremy can admit that he was wrong and that the less expensive car is actually better..

The road-testers were right. The M2 is a lot cheaper than the M4. And a lot better as well. It’s a fabulous little car

Jeremy's favorite M car ever? Even over the E9x M3 *and the F80/82 M3/M4 ? blasphemy!

Just waiting for CosmosMpower to follow suit..

I do find Jeremy's comments about the E30 M3 interesting...

There have been many M cars over the years. The lineage stretches back to 1986 and the original toe-in-the-water, left- hand-drive-only M3, which many still regard as the best. I disagree It was too racy. Too serious. And in the wrong hands — mine, at the time — a twitching nightmare

along with his comments about the 1M...

My only concern is that in the last small BMW M car — the 1M — I suffered the biggest and most sudden spin in my entire road-testing career. It hit a puddle while travelling in a straight line and swapped ends in an instant. Will the M2 do that? I don’t know. It wasn’t raining

Sounds like we need to get Jeremy, an M2 and a wet weather day along with a camera... so we can see how special the M2 is....
So many comments from a self proclaimed 'expert' who has not owned a E90, a F80 or a F87. Yawn...
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Jeremy Clarkson prefer the M2, Chris Harris prefer the M3.

They are both great cars but one of them is an idiot.
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That spin was actually in a M135, not a 1M, same chassis though. Still, the 1M is a twitchy car. It's clear that Jezza prefers linear and predictable back-end movement.
Right, I knew he was very wrong when he said M1 when that actually happened on the M135i... looks like age is twitching his memory LOL
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So many comments from a self proclaimed 'expert' who has not owned a E90, a F80 or a F87. Yawn...
Finally!!! Someone who does not worship this old pretensions dude, which btw must of times talks crap about BMWs
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So many comments from a self proclaimed 'expert' who has not owned a E90, a F80 or a F87. Yawn...
Not sure you have to own a car to have an opinion on it. You do have to drive it, however. Familiarity matters. So do driving skills. Not ownership.
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So many comments from a self proclaimed 'expert' who has not owned a E90, a F80 or a F87. Yawn...
That's how car reviews work.
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Jeramy has been in the business for as long as I can remember and I have watched him probably almost every one of his episodes even though some were completely rediculous! Overall, I like his review and seems to make great analogies that make you laugh..
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