The 2023 Next-Generation BMW M2 Is Reemerging
Next Generation BMW M2 – Overview
We enjoy the new BMW 2-series coupe a lot, but the high-performance BMW M2 is what true fans are waiting for.
Here are the major highlights:
- Its body is wider than the 2-series coupe’s, and it boasts significantly more horsepower. Additionally, it’s rumored that the car will have a manual transmission.
- The redesigned M2 is expected to launch later this year.
BMW M teased us with these photographs of a camouflaged M2 prototype on Instagram and the news that manufacturing will begin at the company’s Mexico plant by the end of the year.
The M2’s body is noticeably more comprehensive than the 2-series coupe’s, particularly around the rear haunches.
Quad exhaust tips, wider wheels and tires, and a few additional vents for better cooling are also visible.
However, the inside of the BMW M2 is expected to be similar to that of the standard 2-series coupe, which means that, unlike many of its sports-car competitors, it will have a useable set of back seats.
The previous M2 had a 3.0-liter S55 twin-turbo inline-six engine that produced 405 horsepower in the Competition grade.
It won’t have as much power as those cars, but it’ll need to be in the mid-400 horsepower level to outperform its predecessor and the current M240i’s single-turbo B58 engine, which produces 382 horsepower.
Thankfully, despite losing the manual transmission option from the base 230i and M240i models, we’ve heard speculations that BMW will continue to offer it in the M2.
However, it’ll most likely be the M3’s six-speed transmission.
We don’t know whether the automatic transmission will be a dual-clutch unit like the last M2’s or a torque-converter eight-speed auto like the M3 Competition.
More formal information should be available in the coming months, as BMW is expected to unveil the new BMW M2 in the fall before selling by the end of the year.