Comparing The BMW M2, M3 and M4: Which Is Right For You?

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Are you considering investing in a BMW? The M versions are BMW performance shop favorites. You have many options to choose from including the M2, M3, and M4. While these cars might seem similar, there are differences. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the main changes between these three M models so you can make the right choice.

Size And Style

In terms of size, the differences between the three vehicles are minimal. The M4 is approximately 7.69 inches longer than the M2 and is less than an inch wider and taller. The wheelbase is 4.7 inches larger too. 

One of the main differences in terms of style is that the M2 has a different headlight design. The M4’s headlights seamlessly combine with the grille. In comparison, the M2 headlights are more sharp and distinctive. 

The main difference in the exterior of the M3 is the number of doors. Since the M3 has more doors than the M4, it’s going to be a practical choice, particularly if you need more access to the back of the vehicle. 

Power Drivetrains

The power drivetrains are when the differences between the three vehicles become more noticeable. The M4 has roughly 425 Hp and 406 torque thanks to its twin-turbo engine. In contrast, the M2 has a single turbo so it only has approximately 365 Hp and 343 torque. The difference in terms of the horsepower and torque of the M3 and M4 is minor, to say the least. It’s approximately 11 hp and 111 torque. On a track day, these cars will be largely neck and neck although the M4 is likely to win the race. 

The reason why these cars are so close in terms of performance is all about the power to weight ratio. The M4 has a clear advantage on power. However, the smaller difference in terms of horsepower per ton means that the M2 and M3 are never too far behind. The power trains of the M3 and M4 are near identical. 

Price

The BMW M2 is the cheapest of the options, but still a powerful car. There is about a $10k difference between the M2 and the M4. However, no matter which car you choose, they are powerful performance automobiles.

BMW Performance Shop Options

The BMW M cars are powerhouses, but you can always make them faster and better performing cars. You can upgrade the software, intakes, exhausts, and even the turbos.  

Specs

It’s worth noting that in terms of specs provided by BMW the latest M3 and M4 available to purchase on the market reach the same performance standards. Both hit 0-60 in 4.1 seconds unless you opt for the higher-end versions which will hit 60 in 3.8 seconds. However, if you take your car to a BMW performance shop you might see subtle changes. 

In terms of performance, you might find that the M4 handles better than the M3 because it weighs 10 lbs less. The M2 is even more lightweight which can ensure that it provides a more fun experience, particularly when taking those tighter corners. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key differences and similarities of these three main BMW M models.