The advent of a full-blooded compact M car has been rather long in the pot.
Two years later we got the next best thing: the M235i, a car based on the then-new 2 Series and breathed on heavily by M division. We like it very much. But the real thing it conspicuously wasn’t, even after it was reworked slightly and called the M240i.
As a flagship, it fits the billing. Flagrantly muscular in the arches (in likeable contrast to the M240i), unmistakably succinct (in likeable contrast to the M4) and undoubtedly butch underneath (it’s 30bhp more powerful than the 1M), the M2 appears to be the machine we were after.
And at £46,430 it is – appropriately – by far the cheapest way into the bona fide M car range.