The BMW M2 Is Quick Off The Line, But Still No Match For An M3

Oftentimes, people who appreciate really agile cars over ones that are just faster overall, tend to have a lot of love for the BMW M2.

First, it’s lighter than an M3 (or an M4 for that matter), so the fact that is has less power is by no means a letdown – especially since the difference in output is not that big. Second, it can be more satisfying to drive than an M3/M4, as many reviewers have pointed out, so that’s something worth taking into account as well.

But what about straight line acceleration? You might not care all that much on a beautiful twisty road, but on a track, you also have to deal with straights, which tend to expose any sort of power deficit if they’re long enough.

When stock, the difference between these two M cars is as follows: The M3 is worthy of 431 PS (425 HP) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque, while the M2 uses 370 PS (365 HP) and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of its own to handle its business.

On paper, the BMW M3 will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds with a 6sp manual and 4.1 seconds if you opt for the 7sp dual clutch automatic (DCT). The M2 on the other hand needs 4.5 seconds to 100 km/h (62mph) with a manual and 4.3 seconds if you cross the DCT option. It’s quite clear that the odds are in favor of the more potent model.

So what does this difference in straight line performance look like in the real world? You’re one click away from finding out.

  • pcurve

    BMW bean counters did their math right.

  • GobbleUp

    Sounds bad.

  • Eagle By Singer

    Wow. Surprising. I did not expect the more powerful one to win.

    Please stop with these articles.

  • Ary Wisesa

    BMW M3 is the best of the two. Of course. LOL. I really wish BMW make BMW M3 Touring.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Cars that handle well and go fast are a waste in Florida. No mountains, no curves, no way to push a car’s limits other than the way presented in this video pretty much illegally and only on this one damn highway.
    It’s a great place for a showy boulevard cruiser and/or convertible.

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