2017 BMW M2: What You Need to Know

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If you’re wondering why BMW enthusiasts get so hung up on the letter M, understand that it has been synonymous with some of the great turnkey performance-luxury cars.

BMW started its Motorsport division in the 1970s, with a focus on auto racing. This division quickly followed that with road cars, like the M1 (pictured above), M635CSi, and M535i. The names were eventually simplified, and models were added. Cars like the M3 and M5 are icons in the car enthusiast community.

In 2011, BMW released an M-version of the 1 Series Coupe, and it was an instant classic. BMW shoved a powerful engine, wide tires, and a sophisticated limited-slip differential to make what amounts to every performance enthusiast’s dream. The car sold out and is already shaping up to be a future collectors’ item.

The M2 is an “indirect successor” to the 1 Series M coupe. It's undeniably an evolution of the bold steps taken by BMW with that head-turning compact performance version of the 1 Series.

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