BMW M2

The BMW 2-Series is available in two trim levels, 230i and M240i. Both come as 2-door coupes or convertibles. Both cars are rear-wheel drive, though xDrive all-wheel drive is available on both trims. The 230i is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 248 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. The M240i features a turbocharged 3.0L straight-six powerplant that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. Both cars come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but a 6-speed manual is a no-cost option on either model.

A big part of the mission of the 2-Series is to be fun to drive. BMW has accomplished this through an all-independent suspension with a 5-link rear suspension setup, a fairly unique feature in this class. The 2-Series is thus able to out-handle most of its competitors in addition to being quite quick in a straight line. Body roll, dive and squat are all nicely controlled without compromising the car's ride quality.

The BMW 230i is the more pedestrian of the two models but still comes reasonably well equipped. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, an 8-way adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for the stereo and Bluetooth setup, a 6.5-inch full-color display, a USB port, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and a memory system that remembers the driver's favorite settings for everything. The 230i can be equipped with either Sport Line or M Sport upgrades, which add features like larger wheels, rear spoiler, improved suspension calibration and more.

The M240i comes better equipped, starting of course with the stronger engine. Other features on the M240i include bigger brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power adjustable front seats, a sports instrument cluster and dynamic cruise control.

Optional items on the 2-Series include leather seating surfaces, satellite radio, heated seats, a moonroof, a Harman/Kardon premium sound system and concierge services. Packages include a driver assistance package with parking sensors and a rear-facing camera, as well as a technology package, which includes a navigation system with real-time traffic updates and access to BMW apps. A Track Handling Package adds Adaptive M Suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The 2-Series convertibles in both 230i and M240i guise are equipped similarly to their coupe counterparts, with a power-operated top that takes just 20 seconds to raise or lower.

Safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability/traction control and several airbags. The BMW 2-Series also comes standard with an emergency request system that will activate in the event of an accident. The system comes with a 10-year subscription.

Editors' Review

The M2 Competition is my favorite BMW, so obviously I'm pretty jazzed about the M2 CS. It's faster and sharper than the standard Competition, and a little bit lighter, too. It's a more focused version of an already delightful performance car. And you can even get it with gold wheels. Awesome.

The CS uses the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6 as the M2 Comp -- BMW's S55 engine for you internal-code nerds. Horsepower jumps from 405 in the Competition to 444 in the CS, but both cars make an identical 406 pound-feet of torque. The low-end thrust fully arrives at 2,350 rpm, meaning there's little in the way of lag when launching. The CS' 0-to-60-mph time clocks in at 3.8 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds quicker than the M2 Competition. Negligible stuff.

The CS gets a dual-branch exhaust design with electronically controlled valves. This makes it louder than the M2 Competition, but this this setup sounds like the one in the M3 and M4, it's not really a good thing. You can turn up the volume on the exhaust note if you want, but this is one case where it doesn't really seem necessary. The M2 CS actually sounds better when it's quiet. Weird, I know.

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The Good ~ Super-sharp handling ~ Great turbocharged power ~ One of BMW's better designs ~ Gold wheels!

The Bad ~ Super expensive with options ~ Exhaust doesn't sound all that great ~ No Android Auto

The Bottom Line The BMW M2 CS is a wonderful car, but at the end of the day we'd be just as happy with the M2 Competition.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 8

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