The BMW M range from the past decade has had plenty of crowd favorites, even to this day post 2020. With the BMW M range transitioning from naturally aspirated powertrains into forced induction/turbocharging, some feared the performance models of BMW would lose their character. Rest assured, even with the transition to turbocharging assists, these models have not – most in fact have benefited.

Two models lately have been desirable and hot among modern enthusiasts – not only did they launch to accolades and plenty of attention from the motoring press, but years on after their production has ended, these entries from the M Division represent excellent value for money for those looking for an exciting Bavarian offering – the BMW M4 and the M2 Coupes.

The M4 (F82), the two-door coupe counterpart to its sibling, the M3 (F80) released simultaneously, served as successors to the much loved E46 M3. Powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-six S55B30 engine, built specifically for the new models, this engine could push out approximately 425 hp. When mated to the 7-speed M-DCT transmission, it could go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, with 6-speed manual transmission models achieving 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.

The M4’s precise handling, responsive steering, and advanced suspension systems contribute to its dynamic prowess both on the road and the track. BMW fanatics appreciate the M4’s ability to blend raw power with precise control, making it a true driver’s car that provides an unmatched adrenaline rush. In addition,  special, more hardcore editions of the M4, such as the lightweight M4 GTS and enhanced M4 CS & Competition models, are even more desirable for those wanting more from an already capable M Division product. Their exclusivity adds to their desirability and collectibility among BMW enthusiasts.

The BMW M2 (F87) served as the spiritual successor to its predecessor, another compact M coupe, the 1M Coupe. Unveiled virtually in the video game Need for Speed in 2015, before later premiering physically at the North American International Auto Show in January 2016. Continuing its legacy, the M2 as a compact sports car embodies the essence of BMW’s M performance division, delivering a thrilling driving experience that enthusiasts crave, utilizing underpinnings of the BMW 2-Series Coupe.

Power for the M2 Coupe came in the form of yet another turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, the  N55B30T0 rated at 272 kW (365 hp).  0–100 km/h acceleration times are 4.5 seconds for those equipped with the desirable 6-speed manual transmission and 4.3 seconds for models equipped with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

Combined with the M2’s precise steering, responsive throttle, and engaging manual gearbox (or available dual-clutch automatic transmission) provides a direct and connected feel to the road. The M2’s dynamic capabilities, combined with its agile nature and accessible power, make it a joy to drive and a favorite choice among modern BMW fanatics. Just like its M3 and M4 siblings, several hardcore, even more, potent models were made available during the F87’s run – from the M2’s own CS and Competition models, to a very limited production run of M2 Performance Edition models.

While the M2 and M4 have continued production run into the new decade, the demand for these models remains strong among enthusiasts and BMW M fans looking for excellent value for money in a powerful, rear-wheel drive BMW sports coupe.

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