Courtesy of Men’s Health: BMW would love for everyone to believe they’re building “The Ultimate Driving Machines.” Whether that’s true, of course, is a matter of opinion. Some agree that the German company is producing peak performance beasts. I’ve been taken by a few models—namely the new 7 Series, the M6 Gran Coupe and the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon—but largely been uninterested in the rest of BMW’s offerings. Recently, with tempered expectations, I accepted a 2017 M2 for a week-long review.
The BMW M2 is the most affordable M-badged Bimmer makes. It’s also the smallest. Approaching the M2 parked in my driveway, my interest was already piqued. The exterior design is spot-on with near-perfect proportions, especially when finished in Long Beach Blue Metallic. I admit an unhealthy attraction to small, wide-fendered cars, but everyone I showed it to loved the look, too. Except for the young lady who cuts my hair, who was not moved by the baby M-car’s pumped up flanks.