BMW has revealed its new, second-generation, M2 high performance compact coupe which comes with a 6-cylinder in-line engine, a manual gearbox option, rear-wheel drive and an advanced control/operating concept – allowing the driver to adjust the vehicle set-up as desired.
With a maximum output of 454bhp – 89bhp more than the original M2 – and exhilarating driving dynamics that have been honed during in-depth testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit and other racetracks, the new BMW M2 represents another highlight in the model offensive celebrating the 50-year anniversary of BMW M GmbH.
Its output is even 10bhp higher than that of the special-edition BMW M2 CS from the previous model generation.
The advances over the first-generation BMW M2, which became the largest-selling model in the BMW M line-up with almost 60,000 examples sold worldwide, come not just from the car’s sharper performance but also its far more extensive standard specification.
A focused selection of options is available for enhancing driving comfort or adding even more visual excitement to both the exterior and interior.
A standout optional extra is the bespoke M Race Track Package that is designed to maximise the performance experience, its benefits including raising the electronically limited top speed of 155mph to 177mph.
Prices in the UK will start from £64,890 on-the-road.
The engine combines the latest M TwinPower Turbo technology with the high-revving characteristics of an M car.
Peak torque of 406lb ft is produced between 2,650 and 5,870rpm and maximum output arrives at 6,250rpm. The engine revs to a maximum 7,200rpm.
The new M2 comes as standard with an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission, although a 6-speed manual gearbox is available as an option.
Cars fitted with the optional 6-speed manual gearbox accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 4.3 seconds, while cars with the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission cover the same sprint in 4.1 seconds.
It powers from 0 to 124mph in 14.3 seconds (automatic: 13.5 seconds). Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph, although this can be raised to 177mph with the optional M Driver’s Package.
Adaptive M suspension also comes as standard and features electronically controlled dampers designed to maximise road contact and traction in all driving situations.
The M2 measures 4,575mm from nose to tail - 114mm longer than its predecessor, is 16mm wider and 11mm lower. It is 219mm shorter than the BMW M4 Coupé models.
Prominently flared side skirts team up with broad wheel arches to create an appearance that is characteristic of BMW M and inspired by racing cars.
The car’s silhouette is shaped by its long bonnet, short overhangs and set-back passenger compartment.
A roofline swooping down from the door pillar, and the short boot lid culminating in a pronounced spoiler lip, add to its distinctive style.
The new M2 also comes with a lightweight M Carbon roof as standard.
The standard BMW Curved Display in the new M2 cockpit is angled towards the driver to good ergonomic effect, making intuitive touch control even more straightforward. It is formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches.
Prices correct as of 22/06/2023 and are subject to change.
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