The M2 looks the part, mostly on account of the bespoke chassis underneath.
The M240i’s problem, visually, is a lack of girth, but the M2’s 71mm increase in rear track width and additional 64mm at the front solves that, while confirming that M division has repeated the 1M trick of plundering the M3/M4 chassis for its more capable suspension components.
Both axles are extensively modified over regular 2 Series models, including forged aluminium wheel carriers and control arms. There’s additional bracing between the suspension towers to augment stiffness, while at the back, the bushes have been dispensed with altogether and the subframe is attached directly to the body.
The 19in forged rims at either side of the five-link rear axle are now 10in wide, and visible beneath them are uprated M compound steel brakes.
Efforts to make the physically larger M2 lighter have paid off; on our scales, it weighed only 15kg more than the M235i we tested in 2014 and maintained the established 52 percent front, 48 percent rear weight distribution.