Comparing the BMW M2, M4 and M6 – Which is Right for You?

BMWs have a reputation for reliability combined with contemporary luxury. The BMW M-series has many different options. The M2 is like your fun-loving friend who’s always up for an adventure, great for zipping around and having a blast. It’s also comfy enough for daily driving.

The M4 is like the jack-of-all-trades, good at everything from quick runs to longer drives, and it’s got a rep for being one of the coolest M cars around. The M6? That’s your luxury cruiser, perfect for those long, lazy drives with power to spare and comfort to make you forget about the miles.

So, pick your poison: thrill-seeker (M2), all-rounder (M4), or smooth cruiser (M6). Each has its charm, depending on what you’re into.

“The BMW M Series is like a box of chocolates – each one has a delicious, high-performance center, but the flavors vary to suit every taste!” – Alex Johnson, BMW Aficionado

Key Takeaway

  • BMW M2: Compact powerhouse with agile handling and a driver-focused interior.
  • BMW M4: Balanced performance and luxury, with a perfect blend of agility and stability.
  • BMW M6: Luxurious grand tourer with uncompromising performance and comfort.

BMW M2: The Compact Powerhouse

BMW M2 - Compact Dominance Unleashed

The BMW M2 is a true driver’s car, powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine that pumps out 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, the M2 offers exhilarating performance in a compact package.

Its muscular stance flared fenders, and distinctive front fascia with large air intakes make it a head-turner on the road. The M2’s smaller size and lighter weight contribute to its agile and nimble handling, making it perfect for winding roads and racetracks.

Inside, you’ll find a driver-focused interior with supportive seats, a minimalist design, and a user-friendly infotainment system. Starting at around $59,000, the M2 is an excellent choice for those seeking a high-performance vehicle without breaking the bank.

BMW M4: The Perfect Balance

Ideal Equilibrium - BMW M4

The BMW M4 is a perfect blend of performance and luxury, with a 3.0-liter inline-6 twin-turbocharged engine that delivers 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The M4 accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, offering a thrilling driving experience. Its sleek coupe design, sporty interior, and aggressive front and rear bumpers make it a stylish and aggressive-looking vehicle. The M4 strikes a balance between agility and stability, providing a more planted and confident feel, especially at high speeds.

Inside, you’ll find a more luxurious cabin with upgraded materials, additional features like a head-up display, and an advanced iDrive system with navigation and smartphone integration. With a starting price of approximately $70,000, the M4 caters to enthusiasts who want a balance between performance and daily drivability.

BMW M2 vs BMW M4

Based on the already excellent-looking BMW 2 Series, the M2 could become the best-looking Bavarian horse in its stable. It looks as if it got treatment similar to the BMW M4, but modified slightly for the M2. The front air dam and brake cooling ducts seem larger on the M2 than on the M4 and the rear reflectors are vertical on the M2.

The quad exhaust pipes also sit under a sort of rear diffuser on the M2. It also looks more muscular than the M4, despite having a shorter wheelbase. And because the M2 is a narrower car than the M4, its bulging wheel arches are far more pronounced than on the M4, similar to the M3.

The M4 is still a beautiful car, but the M2 is the more aggressive-looking of the two. The only complaint, that I have at least, about the M2’s design is that it seems as if it needs to be lowered just a couple of millimeters.

It seems to sit quite high, whereas the M4 sits nicely and seems to have a bit better of a stance. Having said that, the M2 is a gorgeous and seductive-looking thing.

Which is better?

The M2 looks more muscular little brother to the M4 and can do all this with ease, and it’ll put a smile on your face while doing so. However, if you have more budget to blow and want a larger coupé sports car then get the M4.

It’s more powerful than its smaller sibling and is therefore much quicker. It’s a hoot to drive and you certainly won’t be left wanting more.

“When it comes to the BMW M Series, choosing the right model is like finding your perfect dance partner – it’s all about balance, chemistry, and shared passion for the open road.” – Sarah Thompson, Car Enthusiast & Blogger

BMW M6: The Luxurious Grand Tourer

The BMW M6 is a high-performance grand tourer, equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine that produces an impressive 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The M6 propels itself from 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.6 seconds, making it the quickest of the three models.

Its bold front grille, sculpted hood, and aerodynamic body lines give it a commanding presence on the road. The M6 provides a comfortable and stable ride, with its larger size and more refined suspension, making it an excellent choice for long-distance cruising and daily driving.

Inside, you’ll find a luxurious interior with premium leather upholstery, heated and cooled seats, and a state-of-the-art infotainment system, including a Harman Kardon surround sound system. Starting at around $106,000, the M6 is ideal for those who desire a grand tourer with uncompromising performance and comfort.

BMW M4 or M6?

BMW M6. In comparing the BMW M4’s and the BMW M6’s specifications and ratings, the BMW M4 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one-to-five-year-old used cars, fuel efficiency, and interior volume. The BMW M6 has the advantage in the area of base engine power.

BMW M6 vs BMW M2

When comparing the BMW M2’s and the BMW M6’s specifications and ratings, the BMW M2 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one-to-five-year-old used cars, fuel efficiency, and interior volume.

Like it was in “battle” with the M4, The BMW M6 also has an advantage in the area of base engine power.

Category BMW M2 (F87) BMW M6 (F13)
Max Power (ps/bhp) 375 / 370 560 / 553
Max Torque (Nm / lb-ft) 500 / 369 678 / 500
Curb Weight (kg/lb) 1559 / 3437 1899 / 4187
Power / Tonne (ps/bhp) 241 / 237 295 / 291

In conclusion, the choice boils down to what you value most in a vehicle. For pure driving enthusiasts and collectors, the M2 CS offers an undiluted experience and exclusivity.

If you’re looking for a blend of raw power, advanced technology, and daily usability, the M4 Competition stands out as the versatile choice that doesn’t compromise performance.

The M6 is an excellent choice for long-distance cruising and daily driving. The M6 is certainly a beast, and you have to want to drive such a car each day because you’ll be paying for it. The M6 is big, and even though the M4 has grown, so has the M6, and you will feel the difference.

But for average drivers, we think the new BMW M4 just looks a like smaller version of the M6, and because the M6 is too big, like a boat (as many drivers say), the M4 has the perfect balance between M2 and M6. We think the BMW M4 is the best choice for you.