15 BMW M2 arrives with a 7:58 Nurburgring time

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M4 GTS is not the only BMW making headlines. There is a newborn in the "M Performance" family and it is not an SUV or diesel-powered half-breed - it's another thoroughbred "M" - the BMW M2.

This car is successor to the critically acclaimed BMW 1M. Due to its diminutive dimensions, this car will satisfy those concerned with performance cars gaining size from generation to generation.

Indeed - an F80 M3 or M4 coupe is larger than an E28 or E34 M5. The 1M and M235i filled this size gap, but the latter was never a true "M car".

M2 is more powerful and more focused version of the M235i, and BMW claims it can do 7 minute and 58 second lap around Nurburgring Nordschleife.

This may not seem like an earth-shattering achievement next to BMW M4 GTS 7:28, but when compared to some of the previous generation "M Cars", such as E60 M5 or E92 M3, the new "baby M" looks competent and not out of place.

6y ago by FastestLaps
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Fastedee  5y ago

Very good time


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nufzed@gmail.com  6y ago

so ,lil slower,5 seconds! than a 2005 NON-zo 6,regular corvette! with 2005 era run-flats! Indeed not hyping the corvette, merely saying its supposed at least match a car that's supposed to be at least 2 , perhaps 3 generations in drive-train,tire,and chassis technology no? i still like it though and i,m sure it "feels" a lot more planted but 7:58!! !maybe it was raining?


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Iggz  6y ago

The m235 (which is as we all know not a real M breed) was already performing well. I was really looking forward to the M2. Glad for M division for having released an affordable and succesful sportscar.


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BR2+  6y ago

The 5.0 starts at £33,000, And the M2 will be over £40,000 over here, Given the choice, Id prolly have the Mustang, I think it looks better, Certainly will sound better, But all in all i really wouldnt care which one id take.


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FastestLaps  6y ago

Tyres are usually not specified. Tyres have huge effect on laptimes, but so do other factors like how many if any passengers etc.

For those factors there is the "additional notes" field.


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noname00  6y ago

It would be interesting if the lap times would also include the tires used. I expect the difference between Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 and Pilot Super Sport to be at least 10s. Does anyone know about some good tests to compare semi slick tires and performance summer tires?


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Shaggy  6y ago

Any time under 8:00 on the Nurburgring Nordschleiffe is pretty impressive.


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Defensive Driver  6y ago

I guess it is not hardcore enough when hot hatches could beat it.


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saxy  6y ago

same here. no mustangs here yet, until this generation. I think practicality and interior size-wise it's similar. The Mustang should be a bit cheaper. Straight up track performance, The M2 would kill it. But a hot mustang is so badass in a sea of mercs and bmws


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FastestLaps  6y ago

V8 cars in general are less common in Europe. And I care a lot about engine sound. Let's face it - the new BMW turbo engines DO NOT sound good.


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FastestLaps  6y ago

If they cost the same I would probably take mustang, because I am in Europe and muscle cars are rare here.

But I would have to test both and consider this more carefully. BMW may be a better made - supposedly more premium brand than Ford.


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saxy  6y ago

for about the same money, this or a V8 mustang?


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phavyarden  6y ago

It looks awesome! But i think BR2 is right. A 7:58 at the ring is nothing to be proud in these days, considering that the new super fast FWD cars are reaching those times. Anyways, Nurburgring claims never has to be taken so serious. I'm sure that this would be way faster than expected! or i just hope so, cause it looks so nice!


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saxy  6y ago

Oh I bet it can lap faster than that. A 365hp (probably more than that) RWD proper M car with all the M trickery tech is not going to be slower than a 30k FWD hatchback


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BR2+  6y ago

I actually expected it to be a bit faster, Hell a 2005 Carrera S and C6 do that, But as to how much im not so sure.

With this car, I both hate and love the looks, The car looks meaty, Sorta like a scrunched up suv, And its interior is rather plain, It also has more power then the 1M but less torque, But nonetheless it should be quite fantastic.

Atleast they didnt call it the 2 Series M Coupe....