BMW M2 2024 long-term test

And, as regular Autocar readers will know, those engineers have nailed it: the M2 scored four and a half stars in our road test and has topped a group test of old-school, real-driven, manual-shift sports cars.

It’s good, then. So my mission here is to find out what it’s like to live with over an extended period. After all, this is the sort of machine that really can serve as both a weekend sports car and a daily driver, especially now that it has grown a bit. The rear seats are actually just about usable and there’s plenty of room in the boot.

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The base price of the M2 is now £62,420, which isn’t exactly cheap. But then you would pay nearly double that for an XM, and if you did, you would have to deal with me questioning your life choices.

And while M cars don’t feature separate trim levels, you can get a bit lost adding on the various option packs. I plumped for the £730 Comfort Pack, which adds heated seats and the like, the £1100 Driving Assistant package, the £2305 M Driver’s Pack and M alloy wheels (19in at the front, 20in at the back) at £330.

After ticking the box for Brooklyn Grey paint (which is lovely, although its connection to the New York borough remains a total mystery), I was done. I did make one controversial spec choice, though: the automatic gearbox. It was very tempting to go for the stick shift, given that manual ‘boxes are an increasingly endangered species and so we should enjoy them while we can.

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