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posted on June 30th, 2017

Most cars are designed for a single purpose. You have cars that are utilitarian and are basically meant for driving from point A to B. Then there are cars that are true driver’s cars — the kind of car you would get if you genuinely enjoy driving. But what car would you choose if it had to be good at driving your kids to school and also on a backroad in the hills? That kind of versatility comes via decades of engineering and refinement. In fact, only a few really great cars have managed to strike that balance — the VW GTI, the Porsche 911, and the BMW M3, to name a few.

There’s a new kid on the block though. BMW recently introduced a cheaper version of the M3; it’s based on their 2-series platform and is aptly called the M2 — our car of the month for June!

Cheyne’s BMW M235i

Not only is it the cheapest M you can buy (check here for a full history of the BMW M division), but it’s also lighter and simpler than the M3. While it isn’t as powerful as the M3 or the M4, it does share some common components like the brakes and suspension without compromising on the overall weight. The 365-hp, 6-cylinder engine is thirsty but sounds absolutely amazing and the chassis feels refreshingly nimble without being twitchy. Plus, the option of getting it as a soft-top convertible more than compensates for the slightly numb steering feel.

Like all Ms from BMW, the M2’s single purpose is to be brilliant and addictive regardless of what your trip entails. Try it out, this Fourth of July!

Pushkar is Turo's Chief Auto Enthusiast and a bonafide, lifelong car guy. He loves a classic Porsche, an Audi R8, but his heart belongs to the Lamborghini Murciélago.