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Modern Munich Missiles: 2015 BMW M4 and 2017 BMW M2

Often we ignore really modern cars on these pages. It’s not necessarily that they’re not exciting – often it’s quite the opposite. For me, it’s just that they’re not exciting to see for sale because they’re still effectively cars that you can walk into a dealership and buy. And I’m sorry, while they can thoroughly out-perform older cars in virtually every way, you can’t just walk into an Audi dealer and buy a brand new Quattro, can you!

But impressive these cars are, and if you can look into the future in having one as a potential special car to see in the future, you can balance a hefty discount from new with near-new status and have quite a savings over stock, too. Two encounters with modern BMWs recently have my eyes trained on the pair you see here; the M4 and the M2. For around the same discount sticker price, which is the one to get?


Year: 2015
Model: M4
VIN: WBS3R9C58FK333390
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,507 mi
Price: $45,988 Buy It Now

6 Speed Manual, CARFAX 1-Owner, ONLY 22,536 Miles! JUST REPRICED FROM $49,900. Navigation, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Rear Air AND MORE!======KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Leather Seats, Navigation, Rear Air, Heated Driver Seat, Turbocharged, Onboard Communications System, Aluminum Wheels, Dual Zone A/C, Heated Seats, Heated Leather Seats. BMW M4 Coupe with Austin Yellow Metallic exterior and Black interior features a Straight 6 Cylinder Engine with 425 HP at 5500 RPM*. ======OPTION PACKAGES: EXECUTIVE PACKAGE Rear View Camera, Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, Satellite Radio, Heated Steering Wheel, Retractable Headlight Washers, Comfort Access Keyless Entry, DRIVER ASSISTANCE PLUS Speed Limit Info, Active Driving Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, Side & Top View Cameras, ADAPTIVE M SUSPENSION rear axle air suspension, harman/kardon SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM, PARKING ASSISTANT, ENHANCED USB & BLUETOOTH W/SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION, TRANSMISSION: 6-SPEED MANUAL (STD), MOONROOF. Steering Wheel Controls, Electronic Stability Control, Heated Mirrors, Bucket Seats, Electrochromic rearview mirror. Serviced here, Non-Smoker vehicle. ======EXPERTS REPORT: . the M4 is incredibly accurate and feels like it’s rock-solid planted regardless of how shamelessly it’s provoked. It has a very low center of gravity and there’s a dignity that underlines all of its aggression, even when it’s being pushed hard. – . ======AFFORDABLE: Reduced from $49,900. Pricing analysis performed on 9/14/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

You know I chose this one for the yellow! Recently I showed up to a cars and coffee event in my M3, and the welcoming attendant said “Austin Yellow!” Indeed the tone has picked up where Phoenix Yellow Metallic left off, but ultimately there’s quite a difference between the two. Austin is much more bright and more metallic than the (slightly) subdued Phoenix. But stand out you will, and this car is more than just a color. It is pretty loaded but without the Competition Package, though that allows you to have a sunroof. The 513M wheels look small compared to the 20″ GTS/Competition package wheels, but if your roads are like mine you’ll appreciate the thicker sidewalls. The S55 is good for 425 horsepower – and it’ll still rip your face off. 0-60 is gone in 4 seconds and it’ll demolish the older generations in a straight line. Just check out this video of four Ms racing flat out and, probably like me, you’ll be astonished at just how fast it is compared to cars that were once the benchmarks of fast. It’s well equipped and in near new-condition, with only a bit over 22,000 miles on the odometer. Build one like this and you’re easily over $70,000 on BMW’s configuration page, so you’re saving about a buck a mile it’s turned – and with CPO and warranty still in place, there should be trouble-free motoring ahead.


Year: 2017
Model: M2
VIN: WBS3R9C58FK333390
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,100 mi
Price: $48,000 Buy It Now

Marietta/Atlanta GA- Garaged and babied Laguna Blue with executive option (nav/GPS, stereo, heated steering wheel etc.). Black leather interior with blue stitching 10/10 condition. BMW dealer window tint. Harmon Kardon sound. Manual 6 speed transmission. Virtually all highway miles. Like new condition and no accidents- no door dings. Second car and garaged all the time. Wheels are perfect- no scratches. BMW dealer serviced and still under warranty. Has every conceivable option (only 4 as M2s come loaded). Call for appt to view. Weekend and evening views ideal.

On Oct-15-18 at 18:46:40 PDT, seller added the following information:

Correction: Color is Long Beach Blue Metallic, not Laguna Blue
See added Original Window Sticker:
19″ Wheels
Carbon Fiber interior option
Sport/Power seats, etc

As I drove with my family in our new-to-us E82 down the road the other day, an Alpine White M2 briskly blew past us. It’s amazing how much presence that car has rolling down the road; it’s nearly square-looking and quite mean. Unlike the 1M that preceded it, the M2 hasn’t maintained its pricing on the used market in quite the same way. For 2019, the M2 Competition (your only option) stickers at nearly $60,000 with no options but has a derivative of the S55 from the M3/4. The earlier M2s aren’t quite as mean, and like the 1M they had a turned up version of the normal production motor rather than a “S” motor. In this case, it’s a 370 horsepower version of the N55 and they weigh a bit less than the M3/4 (though, only a bit), so performance is on par with similar acceleration numbers. Equipped in lovely Long Beach Blue Metallic with matching contrasting stitching, this model also has the “slower” but preferable long-term 6-speed manual. There weren’t many options for this car, so what you see is what you get – but in basically new shape with only 8,000 miles, it’s more than a $10,000 discount over the current model though it’s only a year old.

Which is the car to get? I think in either case you’ll have something special down the road. The M4 is probably a better “GT” car than the M2, but both will attract attention, devastate track days and demolish rear tires at every prod of the throttle. The M2 is probably the smarter route to go down if you don’t mind the proportions; with “bigger, better, faster” being the trend moving forward, I think like the E82 135i there will be a group that will keep an eye on these as the next potential replacement down the road. I certainly am!



  1. Arun
    Arun October 24, 2018

    I would take the M2 any day ! There are way too many modes, buttons and custom configurations in the M4 for my taste. I just want to get in and drive not fool around pressing buttons 🙂

  2. Matt
    Matt October 25, 2018

    I daily an M2 and test drove a new M4C at the same time before I bought to make sure I didn’t want the M4. The M4 is faster but isnt nearly as much fun to drive. The m4 doesn’t have the same simple analogue feeling of the M2. Haven’t driving the M2C but I hope they didn’t ruin it by making it too fast and nose heavy.

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