Our 2023 BMW M2 cover It continues with a video review of the new “Baby-M”. In this video we focus on the exterior and interior design of the car, its interior, front and back and of course its performance. If you want to know more about the new M2, come and see us Design review video with Jose Casas and a extensive Q&A with Sebastian Maier, Product Manager BMW M2.
Many parts from the BMW M4
Let’s start with the good stuff right away. The G87 M2 coupe will get the same S58 twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six as the M3, M4 and X3 M. Except for M2 use, it gets fewer horses. In its base configuration, the 2023 BMW M2 will produce 453 hp (338 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. The maximum torque is available at 2,650 rpm and lasts up to 5,870 rpm. Peak power comes almost immediately after at 6,250 rpm and has a redline of 7,200 rpm.
This slightly detuned S58 is mated to the same gearbox duo you’ll find in the M3. In the USA, the BMW M2 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The eight-speed automatic is standard in countries like Germany, where the six-speed manual is a no-cost option. Unlike the M3 and M4, however, there’s no performance penalty with the manual, so you get the same 453 horses regardless of transmission choice. According to BMW, the manual car accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds (0-60mph in 4.1 seconds) and the automatic car does the deed in 4.1 seconds. The 0-60 mph with the M2 car is 3.9 seconds.
Design not as controversial as the M4
Design-wise, the new BMW M2 is less controversial than the G82 M4, but still somewhat controversial in the M community. BMW changed the front end of the M2 from the 2 Series coupe with a lot of aggressive and square design elements. The kidney is also different, with its horizontal, motorsport-inspired slats. The headlights are reminiscent of the legendary BMW 2002, and the front air intakes are simple but refined. The design of the M2 remains largely unchanged from the headlights compared to the 2 Series. The only real differences are the flared wheel arches, the significantly wider wheel track, the new wheels and the tailgate spoiler.
Inside the new BMW M2, you’ll expect to find an interior similar to that of the 2 Series. However, among the changes are the new iDrive 8 Screen setup (2 Series will be getting it soon), the addition of optional carbon bucket seats, some M badging throughout, and even the debut of a manual shifter (if you don’t spec the car). It’s actually the first time I’ve seen a manual shifter on a new 2 Series as they’re all automatic in the United States.
Due to the slightly different side design, the headroom at the back is a little less, which of course we also tested. The 2023 BMW M2 will go on sale in April 2023 with a base MSRP of $62,200 plus $995 for destination and handling. Let’s take a look at this video review and Please don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!