Testing the 2024 BMW M2—perhaps the final M automobile with a handbook transmission

A pale blue BMW M2 seen parked in the hills
Enlarge / BMW’s M2 may be the final M automobile it builds with three pedals and a stick shift.

Peter Nelson

We’re at an attention-grabbing crossroads within the high-performance fanatic automobile market. Operating east to west is the adoption of electrical autos and a gradual discount in inside combustion engine automobile manufacturing. North to south is the development of ICE horsepower from the manufacturing facility over time, and it is unclear how far it continues from right here. Coming in diagonally is the weakening demand for handbook transmissions—that is sadly the place they finish.

In the midst of this intersection is the 2024 BMW M2 six-speed handbook, hanging its tail out in an enormous managed drift across the edges, expressing one final hurrah as BMW’s last object of internal-combustion M automobile affection.

I just lately had the chance to pilot BMW’s newest, smallest M automobile via a few of Southern California’s most enjoyable mountain roads, plus Willow Springs Worldwide Raceway’s Streets of Willow circuit. In the case of shortly determining this type of automobile’s powertrain and chassis, I can not consider a greater mixture of pavement. Here is what makes the most recent—and final—six-speed-manual-equipped M2 technology an total glorious fanatic coupe.

BMW has given the M2 a much more muscular look than the normal 2 series coupe.
Enlarge / BMW has given the M2 a way more muscular look than the conventional 2 sequence coupe.

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Centered inside-out

Seems to be are subjective, notably BMW seems, however I believe BMW did a superb job on the M2’s exterior. Its kidney grilles, headlights, fender flares, exhaust ideas, and huge fenders—particularly within the rear quarter panels—are enticing. It is a muscular little coupe, and it positively informs you of its intentions with its large intakes minimize into its entrance finish. Behind them lies a warmth exchanger for its engine’s air-to-water intercooling (extra on that in a bit), plus a number of different types of water and oil cooling to make sure long-lasting peak efficiency, all-twisty-road-and-track-session-long. It is onerous to mistake it for a base 2 Sequence.

Inside, it is fairly spacious for a coupe and has nice visibility throughout. My take a look at automobile included the $9,900 Carbon Package deal, which will get you comfy, near-race-bucket carbon fiber seats and a slick carbon roof. I am 6 ft and three inches tall, so the absence of sliding glass up prime was a godsend and even allowed me to put on a helmet on monitor with no need to recline, a rarity in fashionable vehicles. The seats are a little bit of a ache to slip out and in of, and the left leg bolster pushed inward barely an excessive amount of, impeding environment friendly and comfy clutch motion for my lanky determine. I think many of us would not have the identical problem, although.

Expertise-wise, a crisp 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen take up a whole lot of actual property. BMW’s iDrive 8 software program is straightforward to get the grasp of, operates fairly seamlessly, and has good haptic suggestions. Supplies high quality is total fairly good; all buttons and dials felt substantial, and the Carbon Package deal contains stylish slabs of carbon fiber trim as a substitute of the boring outdated piano black plastic that is all too frequent in fashionable efficiency vehicles.

Opinions are mixed when it comes to BMW's carbon bucket seats. They hold you in place well but can be hard to get in and out of, and the hump between the driver's legs is polarizing.
Enlarge / Opinions are combined with regards to BMW’s carbon bucket seats. They maintain you in place effectively however will be onerous to get out and in of, and the hump between the motive force’s legs is polarizing.

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