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How wide is the M2

Post by jimBabyBMW » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:53 am

I like the idea of the smaller dimensions of the M2 as opposed to other cars in the range, but when I saw one I couldn't believe how wide it was at the back.

Someone told me it uses an M4 rear axle. If that's the case, the appeal is somewhat lost. Might aswell buy an M4 if it's the same size!

Does it really use an M4 rear axle?

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by wenklaw » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:01 am

Drive an m4/m3 then drive an m2 the difference in size imo is more than very apparent. Personally the m2 feels no bigger to me than a normal 2 series, yes it’s wider but only 6cm at the front and just under 7cm at the rear I believe, what’s that the length of an iPhone SE?

Some of the guys who know a great deal more than i will no doubt be able to clarify axle bits etc? I’m interested to know myself to be honest which bits are from the bigger m3/4

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by Jcarr18322 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:23 am

It just fits past the door of my garage with the wing mirrors folded in... not helpful I know, that option came by accident and a good job it did lol...
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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by wenklaw » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:26 am

Jcarr18322 wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:23 am
It just fits past the door of my garage with the wing mirrors folded in... not helpful I know, that option came by accident and a good job it did lol...
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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by OrtonM135i » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:34 am

jimBabyBMW wrote:I like the idea of the smaller dimensions of the M2 as opposed to other cars in the range, but when I saw one I couldn't believe how wide it was at the back.

Someone told me it uses an M4 rear axle. If that's the case, the appeal is somewhat lost. Might aswell buy an M4 if it's the same size!

Does it really use an M4 rear axle?
It’s wide, I definitely notice it compared to my Mrs 220d.

Roughly 6cm wider front and 7.1cm rear

Somewhere between an m240 and an m4


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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by jimBabyBMW » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:57 am

M2:

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M4:

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Not much in it. Identical width at the front centres, M4 must have bigger tyres. Are the axles the same then? Only 2mm between centres at the rear, it's only the mirrors that appear to be bigger and probably slightly wider tyres.

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by jimBabyBMW » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:31 pm

wenklaw wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:01 am
Drive an m4/m3 then drive an m2 the difference in size imo is more than very apparent. Personally the m2 feels no bigger to me than a normal 2 series, yes it’s wider but only 6cm at the front and just under 7cm at the rear I believe, what’s that the length of an iPhone SE?

Some of the guys who know a great deal more than i will no doubt be able to clarify axle bits etc? I’m interested to know myself to be honest which bits are from the bigger m3/4
So at the front it's 60mm between an M2 and 2 series, but 16mm between the M2 and M4. It's closer to the M4 than a 2 series then. Much closer.

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by wenklaw » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:24 pm

jimBabyBMW wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:31 pm
wenklaw wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:01 am
Drive an m4/m3 then drive an m2 the difference in size imo is more than very apparent. Personally the m2 feels no bigger to me than a normal 2 series, yes it’s wider but only 6cm at the front and just under 7cm at the rear I believe, what’s that the length of an iPhone SE?

Some of the guys who know a great deal more than i will no doubt be able to clarify axle bits etc? I’m interested to know myself to be honest which bits are from the bigger m3/4
So at the front it's 60mm between an M2 and 2 series, but 16mm between the M2 and M4. It's closer to the M4 than a 2 series then. Much closer.
At the end of the day its how you feel driving it in comparison to an M4. When i went from M135i to M2 I didnt think wow this M2 feels so much bigger, it just doesn't to me. Driven an M4 and immediately noticed the size difference. Maybe just me.

Have you been out in an M2 yet, i suppose that is the only way you will know if it feels 'bigger' than you want it to. :wink:

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by jimBabyBMW » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:28 pm

wenklaw wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:24 pm
jimBabyBMW wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:31 pm
wenklaw wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:01 am
Drive an m4/m3 then drive an m2 the difference in size imo is more than very apparent. Personally the m2 feels no bigger to me than a normal 2 series, yes it’s wider but only 6cm at the front and just under 7cm at the rear I believe, what’s that the length of an iPhone SE?

Some of the guys who know a great deal more than i will no doubt be able to clarify axle bits etc? I’m interested to know myself to be honest which bits are from the bigger m3/4
So at the front it's 60mm between an M2 and 2 series, but 16mm between the M2 and M4. It's closer to the M4 than a 2 series then. Much closer.
At the end of the day its how you feel driving it in comparison to an M4. When i went from M135i to M2 I didnt think wow this M2 feels so much bigger, it just doesn't to me. Driven an M4 and immediately noticed the size difference. Maybe just me.

Have you been out in an M2 yet, i suppose that is the only way you will know if it feels 'bigger' than you want it to. :wink:
I won't be buying anything until the CS comes out, need to get my money's worth out the current fleet. I know what your saying though, cars can feel smaller when driving them. However, when I saw the M2 for the first time it was blimmin huge! I keep reading about their "compact dimensions" which just isn't true. It's actually wider than the car i'd replace it with! Which is also a car that doesn't feel as big as it is, but you notice on the B roads.

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by FishFingers » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:21 am

Personally, I like the dimensions of the M2 - especially from behind.

Day to day driving is fine (feels very squat and compact)- but I do notice that chubby ar5e end when reversing into the garage.

I was under the impression all the running gear (axle, suspension etc) was lifted straight from the M4 and squashed into the 2 series.....hence the prominent bulges.

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by jimBabyBMW » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:39 pm

It's wider than a 996 turbo and a GTR. It's also longer than the Porsche. I don't see anything compact about the M2 at all. My porsche always felt wide too.

I think what makes the M2 feel smaller, is it's height, it's quite a tall car so the driver gets more to see, the Porsche is very low. The GTR is also a fair bit higher in the driving position.

I don't know if anyone has ever tried a seven down a country road, despite the small dimensions, being so low really restricts your view and the car feels much bigger.

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by TerryCTR » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:47 pm

Reversing into my garage is the only time I notice the M2 being any wider than my previous TTS and the M235 before that.
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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by petay135 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:33 pm

Coming from an M135i it does feel quite a bit more bulky to me, great road presence though!!

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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by Jcarr18322 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:34 pm

As above really, felt wider than my 240 when I first picked it up. Now it feels fine on the road - only really have to be careful when reversing into the garage. When it's past the door it fits fine in the shell of the garage with room to get out. It's not a new build garage mind, around 1990.
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Re: How wide is the M2

Post by OrtonM135i » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:11 pm

As everyone has mentioned it’s only when doing a tight manoeuvre or reversing of my drive I notice it’s width mostly as it has a big arse when looking in the mirrors!

I love the fact it’s so wide it gives it the character and looks and is why it handles so well. My Cayman S felt just as wide and that was a good 5-6cm slimmer more like the standard mlites


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