Is BMW’s New M2 Better Than The M4? [w/Poll]

The BMW M2 Coupe is arguably one of the hottest rides you can buy right now.

With its compact dimensions, a turbocharged straight-six and a chassis honed by the BMW M wizards, everything is possible, but can the M2 actually get close and perhaps even beat its larger and more expensive M4 sibling at its own game?

The numbers suggest that the M2 shouldn’t be near the M4 in terms of performance – even those of you who thought that the smaller size equals to a lot less weight than the big brother, ought to think again: BMW announces a 1,570kg kerb (3,461 lbs / empty) weight which means that a manual M2 is only 20kg (44 lbs) lighter than a manual M4.

Priced from $51,700 in the USA, the M2 is motivated by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six producing 370PS (365hp) and 465Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque, capable of completing the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 4.5 seconds (4.3sec with the DCT gearbox).

The M4 costs $14,000 more at $65,700 for the base model, and it gets a different 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six, rated for 431PS (425hp) and 550Nm (406lb-ft), reaching the 100km/h (62mph) mark in 0.2 seconds faster, at 4.3 seconds for the manual model and 4.1 seconds for the DCT version.

But the story might have some more depth to it than what some cold numbers might point to, and that’s why Motor Trend brought the two models together to find out which one is not only faster on a track, but also which is better choice for the playful enthusiast.

Is it possible for the new BMW M2 to be better than the mighty M4? Let’s find out in the video, and while we’re at it, how about you cast your vote on which one you’d buy in the poll that follows?

Poll: Which BMW M would you take?


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  • pcurve

    yikes… you can’t turn off auto rev match unless you kill DSC? Geeze… it’s like BMW doesn’t want to sell manual anymore. Otherwise, I think M2 is the winner. Looks better too. IMHO.

  • zRoX101

    BMW I want my money back or my order of the Comp package here nowwwwww.

    I’m so glad the M2 is the return of the M brand.

    I still love the M4 and I can’t wait to see M2’s at the track and road soon.

    Bravo I’m liking their comparisons more and more these days.

  • MultiKdizzle

    At least, not in terms of aesthetics. It’s better than the previous gen 1 series, but it still has the proportions of a bulldog.

    Which is the proper sucessor to the E36 M3, is a different question.

  • Nikos Kalantas Brother

    M2 looks better but it cant match M4s cornering performance (based on actual YT videos i´ve watched) and M4 has also a much stronger in terms of tuning potential engine (they are not the same).

    Other than that, expensive is always better when you re broke, so i voted for the M4 although I have the money to buy a V8 turbo M6 1/18

  • Shobin Drogan

    The M4 is such a huge disappointment. I don’t know much about the M2 but I’m willing to bet its a much better car than the M4.

  • Six_Tymes

    Crooked drivers seat? no thanks. E46 M3 forever.
    as far as the reviewer, you might think to stop saying “don’t care” so often, its annoying. we already get how cool you are. Randy is the man.

  • fabri99

    I never thought I’d say this, but the new M4 is…underrated. Expectations were very high and when it arrived most were disappointed. We are still so disappointed we tend to forget what a truly great car it is: it’s still the best to drive in its class, it is balanced and sharp, fun to drive and has great performance.

  • Nicholas Snyder


    • Andrewthecarguy

      WTF did you just say???

      • Nicholas Snyder

        Idk, I don’t want the BMW M4 to lose the battle.

  • Nicholas Snyder

    Attention all bmw m3 fans. the bmw m3 has become the m4 also the bmw m3 has been the king of bmw for about 30 years. ALL VOTE FOR THE BMW M4 TO REMAIN KING

  • Bo Hanan

    The different between these 2 cars is embarrassingly slim for your $15K up-charge M4.
    Now that Mercedes has taught its cars how to go around corners the C63 (V8!!!) looks even better.

  • alexxx

    both cars are great…

  • Nicholas Snyder

    The M4 once again gets revenge on the M2

  • Nicholas Snyder

    Now that’s what I’m talking about, way to go m4.

  • Nicholas Snyder

    You guys should do another test of the BMW m4 manual against the m2 manual now that would fair

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