Former Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins gets his hands on the new 2016 BMW M2 Coupe for the first time. He’s now testing cars for Goodwood Road and Racing. They say it’s an “in-depth” test. It seems more like a quick spin. What does he think of the newest M from BMW M GmbH?
Collins says the new BMW M2 harkens back to M models of the past that were perfectly balanced and accurate on the track in their “hayday” in the 1990s. As he takes the M2 out on narrow two-lane roads in the UK, it’s a bit unnerving to see him going at fast speeds on the wrong side of the road. He takes the right-hand drive UK spec M2 and pushes it hard on the country roads.
The new Coupe will have competition from the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-Benz AMG 45. But the M2 is rear-wheel-drive. Stiffer competition could come from the Ford Focus RS (now sold in the U.S.) and Ford Mustang (now being sold in Europe), because of the big difference in price. Is the M2 in a class of its own?
See what Collins thinks of the new M2
The new M2 will be taking center stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as BMW will be the Central Feature Marque this year as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary. The event is being held from June 23-26. Performance fans will get to see all of BMW’s M machines at the festival. The newest M vehicle, the 2016 BMW M2, will likely be a big hit on the hill and as it puts on a good demonstration of power around Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile course.
The new 2016 BMW M2, the latest compact coupe from BMW M GmbH, is making its dealer launch all over the globe this month. It’s already a popular performance car and the most anticipated M car to launch in decades.
Source: Goodwood Road and Racing
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