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BMW Wins Best Driver's Award

BMW’s latest M car, the rear wheel drive, six speed manual transmission BMW M2, has taken out the coveted “Australia’s Best Driver’s Car” award.

The testing to find a winner was conducted by, part of the Carsales Network. The cars are shipped to Tasmania and driven hard to evaluate them over the course of a week, including roads used during Targa Tasmania.

For 2016, 13 finalists competed for the award on some of the best tarmac in Australia, being driven for some 1200 kilometres, including drag strip and and track sessions.

Mike Sinclair, Editor in Chief for the Carsales Network, said: “M2 delivers on its promise of being the born-again compact six-cylinder BMW coupe we were waiting for in spades, thanks to a combination of exquisite steering, brakes, handling and, to an extent in this company, real-world ride comfort.”

“Even at the very limit, it’s quite forgiving and that instils a sense of connection with a wide range of enthusiast driver types and abilities.”

Marc Werner, BMW Group Australia Chief Executive Officer, remarked: “This award reinforces the incredible all-round capability of the BMW M2.To take out the ABDC title against top competition – some costing more than twice the M2’s purchase price – is definitely cause for celebration.”BMW M2 rear

The BMW M2.

Taking inspiration from 1974’s BMW Motorsport built 2002 Turbo, the new M2 Coupe takes the classic ‘compact coupe, big power’ philosophy into BMW’s next 100 years.

Featuring a turbocharged 3.0-litre version of BMW’s renowned straight-six cylinder engine, the new BMW M2 generates 272kW of power and 465Nm of torque, with 500Nm available thanks to an overboost function.

Sending these outputs to the rear wheels, the BMW M2 accelerates from standstill to 100km/h in only 4.3 seconds, when fitted with the standard seven-speed M DCT dual-clutch transmission. The no-cost option six-speed manual gearbox achieves the benchmark in 4.5 seconds.

BMW’s M Division has ensured this performance is maximised by fitting an Active M electronically-locking differential, specific wider-track M suspension, recalibrated Driving Experience Control with M Dynamic mode function and M Compound braking system adapted from the larger M4 Coupe.


BMW M2 Australian Pricing*
BMW M2 Pure:$89,900, BMW M2:$98,900
* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.