BMW has had a lot of heartache regarding recent changes to its design language. Specifically, people object to the large grids (which still exist, at least for the time being) and the somewhat sharp lines that are everywhere. Some people like it, some people don’t. C’est la vie, right?
Now, BMW has been supplying safety cars to MotoGP for a quarter of a century, so this isn’t something that was pulled out of thin air. I recently used a beautiful striped-painted M3 Touring and previously unveiled an M2, albeit in clothes that don’t quite match the car’s personality. BMW revealed this week that the new M2 has officially withdrawn from Safety Car service for the season.
The M2’s livery has been updated from the outgoing M3’s and previously revealed M2 emblems. Fortunately, because this new design matches the M2’s design language much better. In fact, I’d argue that not only does it look great on the car, but the lines and angles baked into the cladding actually hide the M2’s visual flaws, making it appear taller with wider hips.
I feel like the M2 is a good looking car, but it has some lines and angles… kinda confusing. Paint and coat makeup doesn’t work alone because a lot of that heavy lifting is done through some light body remodeling. For example, the front bumper loses the heavy creases under its headlights and exaggerates the size of the holes at the bottom. The car rocker is also equipped with some pneumatic parts, which looks cool.
Moving on to the rear bumper, I’m kind of torn. The space next to the rear reflectors is covered in carbon, as is the rear diffuser. In turn, the exhaust routing has also undergone some changes so it is now routed through the center of the diffuser rather than out out the sides like a typical twin exhaust pipe configuration. The real winner in the back is the spoiler that reminds us of the E36’s classic LTW spoiler.
These changes aren’t on the production M2, which is a little painful. I feel like BMW could at least make these changes in a special car like the M2 CS. Or, more likely, maybe we’ll see some minor changes with the Lifecycle Update a year later. Either way, it’s refreshing to see these small visual tweaks make such a big difference. Now let’s put them on the production car.
What do you think – should BMW make some changes to the current generation M2, or do they master it with the previous generation?
Do you have advice or a question for the author? Contact them directly: [email protected]