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2000 BMW M Review

A compact BMW speedster.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 BMW M is a sporty, rear-drive two-seater that is available as either a coupe or convertible. BMW first released the convertible model as competition for the Porsche 911. The coupe model was introduced in 1999 and received mixed reviews from the public due to its funky appearance. Both the M convertible and coupe gives drivers the satisfaction of electrifying speed, precision handling, and a host of convenience features that make it a fun car to cruise on the highway or gallivant around town. BMW includes rock-solid safety features and a luxurious interior to ensure passengers would feel more safe and comfortable.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: BMW M

What's New

The 2000 BMW M is identical to the models offered in 1999. Two new exterior colors are offered: titanium silver and oxford green.

Exterior

The 2000 BMW M coupe and convertible models have approximately a 158-inch length, 68-inch width, 50-inch height, and 97-inch wheelbase. There are body-colored front and rear bumpers, heated power door mirrors, a front spoiler, a solar-reflective windshield, heated windshield wiper jets, and tinted glass on the cabin. The convertible models have an electric soft-top roof and a fixed hoop for rollover protection.

Interior

The interior of the 2000 BMW M has chrome trim throughout and is roomy enough to comfortably seat two individuals. In the front, there are six-way power adjustable leather sport bucket seats with height-adjustable headrests divided by a storage console/armrest. The doors have pockets for easy storage. In the dash, gauges are arranged in a logical manner and controls are conveniently located for easy operation. In the rear, there is ample storage room for luggage, plenty of groceries, or golf bags. Rear storage on coupe models may be accessed via a hatchback door. The M features a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, power locks, one-touch power windows, front reading lights, pre-wiring for a cellular phone, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included and nine speakers. A CD player and power sunroof are optional.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 BMW M comes packed with a potent 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine that cranks out 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission. Drivers get the luxury of swift acceleration. The BMW M goes from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 146 mph. The BMW M is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent trailing arm rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. Thanks to its rock-solid suspension, The M delivers a smooth and stable ride. It also has incredible handling, giving drivers the capability to maneuver gracefully in traffic and take corners easily. Rack and pinion steering responds quickly, allowing for precise control.

Safety

The 2000 BMW M is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and electronic traction control for better handling. There are driver and front passenger front-impact and front side-impact airbags installed. Three-point safety belts have pre-tensioners to more effectively restrain passengers in the event of an accident.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW M: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong performance
  • Great handling
  • Luxury interior

You Won't Like

  • Unappealing exterior design
  • Hard to control on snowy roads
  • Slightly cramped interior

Sum Up

A compact BMW speedster.

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