2023 BMW M2 Revealed – Driving

The bold styling of the new BMW M2, due in showrooms next year, has already divided opinion in leaked photos, but it promises to be the most powerful baby M car yet and the best to drive.

The new 2023BMW M2 The last all-new BMW M car without hybrid or electric power has been revealed, ahead of its Australian launch in the first half of next year.

The second generation of BMW’s smallest M car underwent a radical overhaul in line with its bigger M3 and M4 siblings, with a bold new look, the company’s latest interior technology, more power than any previous generation M2 and a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.

Arrivals in Australian showrooms will begin in the first half of next year, priced at $119,900 plus road costs. Click here for more details on prices and standard equipment for Australia.

The engine of the new M2 is a version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine of the M3 and M4, tuned to develop 338kW Y 550Nm – 7kW/20Nm less than the basic M3, but 7kW more than the most powerful version of the old M2, the limited edition CS.

BMW claims a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds with the standard six-speed manual transmission, or 4.1 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, all sent to the rear wheels alone. no sign of a four-wheel drive. drive option in the works.

Check the correct option boxes and BMW claims a top speed of up to 285 km/h (or 250 km/h without options).

The M2 will be the last all-new BMW M model without hybrid or electric power, and probably one of the last, if not the last, with a manual transmission.

But the new M2’s larger body – some 120mm longer, 15mm wider and 10mm lower than its predecessor, with the same wheelbase as the larger M4 – has come at a weight cost, as even the lighter manual version tips the scales on 1710kg.

While heavier, BMW says the M2 retains a 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution, and additional body stiffness and a 60mm wider front track (compared to the 2 Series) are said to normal) make the car more defined in the corners.

Other chassis highlights include an electronic locking rear differential, 10-stage traction control intervention, adaptive suspension, variable-ratio sport steering, and revised suspension with more aluminum components and revised tuning.

Wheels measure 19-inches front and 20-inches rear as standard (with 275/35 front and 285/30 rear tires), concealing 380mm six-piston front and 370mm single-piston rear steel brakes with dual brake-by-wire . Modes to vary the feel of the pedal.

The M3 and M4’s carbon ceramic brake discs are not available, but a carbon fiber roof is, albeit an option.

The styling of the new BMW M2 is more open and aggressive than that of the car it replaces, with a bold front end that houses square kidney grilles, although they are similar in size to the standard car, rather than the ‘gray pits’. nasals’ of M3 and M4. – and rectangular air intakes below.

Small black air intakes are found in the corner of the headlights, the front and rear wheel arches are noticeably wider than the standard car (with pronounced side skirts that blend into the rear arches), and bumper covers are present. the characteristic winged mirrors of division M.

At the rear you can see four exhaust tips, a more aggressive rear bumper and a subtle spoiler on the trunk lid.

Five colors are available, including the metallic Toronto Red seen in these photos and the Zandvoort Blue hue shown in the leaked photos. BMW M traditionally names its colors after race tracks, such as the M3 and M4’s Sao Paulo Yellow, after the location of the Brazilian F1 circuit.

Inside, the now-standard curved dash on the regular 2 Series is fitted, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch touchscreen in a curved panel. Both run unique M displays with performance driving readouts.

The M3 and M4’s M Carbon solo seats are available, saving 10.8kg in weight, thanks to cutouts in the side bolsters and headrests, as part of an M Race Track package, which also includes the carbon roof, higher ceiling. speed, carbon fiber interior accent and track tires.

The infotainment display includes a racetrack lap timer, the M3/M4’s ‘M Drift Analyser’ program to rate the driver’s drifts on the racetrack, and menus to customize driving modes and systems car assistance.

The international launch of 2023BMW M2 is planned for April next year, and Australia will coincide with the timing of the European launch, with a launch in the first half of 2023.

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alex misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through car magazines to a young age to grow around performance. vehicles in a car-loving family.

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