The arrival of the second-generation New M2 heralds the arrival of the German automaker’s smallest (yet more enticing) M car in 2023. The internet is awash in teaser images and camouflaged spy shots of the much-anticipated next-generation M2, demonstrating the marquee’s enduring popularity among Bimmer fans and enthusiasts worldwide. The first-generation BMW M2 had a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that produced 365 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. However, the 2023 M2 ups the ante by including more of everything we loved about its predecessor.
The new M2’s commanding stance is the result of a significant increase in size over the previous M2. It’s 4.7 inches longer, half an inch wider, and half an inch taller than before. The model also has a 108.1-inch wheelbase, which is 2.1 inches longer than the previous M4 (and only 4.3 inches shorter than the BMW M4), resulting in more legroom for both front and rear occupants. Furthermore, the new M2 has track widths of 63.7 inches (front) and 63.2 inches (rear), which are the same as the track widths of the larger M4.
More muscle under the hood
The new BMW M2’s larger dimensions come with more power under the hood
. The engine is a detuned version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged S58 inline-six engine from the BMW M3 and M4 with a forged crankshaft, friction-optimized cylinder bores, and a 3D-printed cylinder head core from the BMW M3 and M4. It produces 453 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque from 2,650 to 5,870 rpm, which is 48 more than the previous M2. It also has VALVETRONIC variable-valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, allowing it to rev to a spine-tingling 7,200 rpm.
The best news is a standard six-speed manual transmission with a rev-matching gearshift assistant to ensure slip-free downshifts. If you dislike manually shifting gears, the new BMW M2 has an optional eight-speed automatic transmission with three user-selectable shift modes. BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds with the manual stick and 3.9 seconds with the automatic. Both transmission options have a top speed of 155 mph, but BMW’s M Driver’s Package unlocks a higher top speed of 177 mph.
The 2023 BMW M2 has perfected the recipe for a fun-to-drive, potent, and compact M car, with a screaming turbocharged six-cylinder engine up front, a standard manual transmission in the middle, and a rear-wheel drivetrain with an active M differential to improve traction on changing road surfaces.
It has variable-ratio steering and standard adaptive M suspension for a taut yet comfortable ride. New 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) light-alloy wheels conceal six-piston brakes with 15-inch discs in the front and single-piston brakes with 14.6-inch discs in the back. Meanwhile, chassis bracing ensures a stiffer architecture for sharper handling and a more direct driving experience.
With its frameless twin-kidney front grille, square air intakes, circular LED headlights with U-shaped driving lights, bulbous wheel arches, upgraded rear diffuser, and quad tailpipes, the new BMW M2 appears more aggressive and “grown up.” Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, Brooklyn Grey metallic, Toronto Red metallic, and an exclusive Zandvoort Blue are the paint colors available.
The latest BMW 2023 m2 combines vintage hardware with cutting-edge technology to provide a thrilling driving experience. The model includes M Drive Professional with M Traction Control, as well as M Dynamic Mode, which allows for more wheel slip. M Drive Professional includes a drift analyzer and lap timer to make the most of the car’s tail-happy and straight-line antics, and drivers can choose from 10 stages of intervention to unleash more smiles on the racetrack.
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The M2 comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen powered by the latest BMW Operating System 8. Among the standard features are cloud-based navigation via BMW Maps, an updated BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant (which can now open and close windows using voice commands), and 5G connectivity. Vernasca leather upholstery, heated M Sport seats, and carbon-fiber or aluminum trim are among the extras.
The 2023 BMW M2 will be available in dealerships in the United States early next year. BMW will reveal full pricing and specifications closer to the planned launch date, but it did reveal a starting price of $63,195 (including $995 destination fees) for the M2 manual.