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2002 BMW M

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2002 BMW M Review

Far from a family car as possible.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2002 BMW M convertible or coupe is a roadster designed to really tear up the road. It's a powerful, high-performance vehicle in a pretty package, and the sportiness comes from its 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine and streamlined design. With MacPherson struts and a wide front track, BMW’s signature Dynamic Stability System keeps drivers under control.

The 2002 BMW M looks every bit the road animal it is, and consumers will enjoy the stylish, if not especially roomy interior as well with some chrome highlights and leather to go with the power, heated seats. There’s only one model of 2002 BMW M, but it comes in coupe or convertible form.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2002 BMW M got a little bump in engine power in 2001, so few changes were planned for 2002. That being said, new for the 2002 BMW M is a CD player standard.

Exterior

The 2002 BMW M features a sporty exterior on a compact package. The long, curved front is great for slicing through the air as drivers cruise down the road. In addition to the retractable roof on the convertible models, it offers a rear defogger and rear window wiper with 17-inch alloy wheels with performance tires. Consumers have an assortment of racy exterior colors available including Phoenix Yellow Metallic, Laguna Seca Blue, and Titanium Silver Metallic.

Interior

The 2002 BMW M's luxurious interior provides about as many comforts as expected in a performance-based two-seater. Consumer will enjoy heated leather sport front seats with four-way power controls with leather trim and steering wheel and a Harman/kardon premium nine-speaker stereo system with CD player in-dash. Consumers also get a surprisingly wide array of interior colors available including Laguna Seca Blue, Black and Imola Red.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 BMW M is definitely a performance machine. The 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine provides 315 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque with a five-speed manual transmission that gives consumers plenty of control. The M has a finely tuned-four-wheel independent suspension with stability control and traction control to help stay on top of all those horses, and drivers also have a speed-sensitive power steering and a rear limited slip differential as well.

Safety

The 2002 BMW M didn’t forget about safety when putting the M together. Along with the stability and traction control, the 2002 BMW M has four-wheel ABS, dual and front side-mounted airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front and rear ventilated disc brakes and electronic brake force distribution, among other safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW M: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Great looking
  • Upscale interior

You Won't Like

  • Not inexpensive
  • Not really a day to day vehicle
  • Not especially roomy

Sum Up

Far from a family car as possible.

If You Like This Vehicle

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