It’s easy to forget now, but the 1M was the first M car (leaving aside SUVs) to feature a turbocharged engine.
Unsurprisingly, then, our road test of the M2’s forerunner used the contemporary M3’s epic naturally aspirated 4.0-litre V8 as a point of comparison.
How times have changed: the E92 is a distant memory, its place taken by a continually evolving line-up of codenames based around the same all-aluminium straight six block.
The M2’s N55 lump (as distinct from both the N55HP and S55 used in the M240i and M3/M4 respectively) conforms to our expectations but, more important, earns a fair amount of kudos simply on the basis of it not shrinking any further.
Its increased output and the snappier ratios of the optional dual-clutch auotmatic ’box help to qualify the M2 as palpably rapid from a standing start.
Two up and aided by a needlessly fiddly launch control system, the car hit 60mph from rest in 4.4sec and arrived at 100mph a second quicker than the manual 1M managed in similar conditions.