Don't try and fund your retirement with the M2.
Not all BMWs are destined to be collectibles. We previously covered which ones we thought would be, and noticeably absent from that list was the upcoming M2. The reason for that is simple: The M2 is a bad investment. That’s not the same as saying the car is bad. All signs point to the M2 being an awesome car that’s a blast to drive. It also looks pretty damn good. We’ve seen it several times in the metal these past few months and can confirm that it is indeed gorgeous.
So why is the M2 a bad investment? Simple: there will be too many of these on the road. Not complicated at all, right? BMW has been tight-lipped on the M2’s production numbers. At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show we were told that while the car “wasn’t a mass market product” production would be “a little more relaxed.” Rumor has it that BMW will also make the M2 until 2020. That’s a damn long production run! While the newest M is a spiritual successor to the 1 Series M Coupe and E30 M3, its production should easily exceed the caps on both those cars. Only 6,342 1 Series M Coupes were made. The E30 M3 saw a much larger production run, with 16,584 cars making it off the line worldwide.
Of these cars an even smaller number were made for the US. There were only 983 NA-spec 1 Series M Coupes and 5,300 M3s. Those small numbers explain why the cars command so much on the resale market. The 1 Series M Coupe is hitting highs of around $60,000 while we saw an E30 M3 for sale last week for an outrageous $200,000. But just because BMW could make the M2 for four years doesn’t mean it will. Right? Sure, the M2 could see a limited production run but we doubt that will happen since the automaker wants to squeeze every dime it can out of the letter “M.” Part of that is introducing new cars, of course, but another part is making more M cars like the M2.
The M2 is certainly special but high production numbers will hurt its status as an investment. Enterprising investors will be able to make money by flipping the car immediately after taking delivery—in that case you’re paying to cut the line—but don’t expect it to ever be sold for a crazy amount of cash like the E30 M3. If you’re looking to get rich quick via the letter M then the M4 GTS is the car you should be eyeing. Only 700 will be made and the car is track-focused, giving it an added edge over the M2 which is for spirited every day driving as well as tearing up the track. Just because the M2 isn’t going to make you rich doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick one up, especially since it might be a bargain at $51,700.
For that you get a six-speed manual mated to a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six pumping out 370 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. That sounds like an investment in fun to us. If you are dead set on making some scratch off your M2 then try and grab it in an obscure paint color and with some wacky options. Wait, that's not exactly possible here is it? Never mind then.