2023 BMW M2: Costs, facts and figures
If there is anything BMW is good to do, it makes RWD compact performance cars. While they can make a good performance car that fits into just about any segment, they seem to have a penchant for taking relatively compact RWD coupes and turning them into some of the best driver machines money can to buy. It all started with the original E30 M3, which was a legend on the world circuits.
As the 3 Series began to get bigger, BMW turned its attention to other smaller models in the lineup. The 1 Series M, for example, is the all-time favorite BMW. The spiritual successor to the 1M was the M2 in 2015, and now, finally, BMW has released the second generation 2023 M2.
- Manual transmission
- New platform
- Model: M2
- Engine/Motor: 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6
- Powerful : 453 hp
- Couple : 406 lb-ft
- Transmission: Longitudinal front engine, RWD
- Transmission: 6-speed manual / 8-speed automatic
- It remains RWD
- You can still have a manual transmission
- Updated technology and more features
- A little expensive
- The style won’t be for everyone
2023 M2 Preview
The 2023 BMW M2 is the second generation of BMW’s smallest RWD two-door sports coupe. There is certainly something to be excited about with this car. For one, it’s now switching over to BMW’s CLAR architecture, which can also be found in just about all of their other models, including the new M3 and M4. Obviously, BMW has built the new M2 on top of the new 2-Series Coupe, which means a new styling direction, as well as a host of new features.
The look of the new M2 has caused a lot of controversy among enthusiasts, due to the way BMW has handled the front and rear styling. However, the square fender flares and the new wheels certainly remind us to some extent of the E30 M3, which is certainly not a bad thing. For now, the 2023 M2 is only coming one way, although it’s very likely that a Competition version will be on the way soon, with more power and handling upgrades. It’s great that BMW has actually embraced a new M2, given the general direction the auto industry is taking right now. The new M2 competes with the new Ford Mustang and, to a lesser extent, the enthusiast’s dream Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, which we love.
2023 M2 powertrain and powertrain
The new M2 debuts with a new powertrain. Not an all-new exclusive to this car, but it’s new to the M2 family. It’s a slightly detuned version of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder that can also be found under the hood of the new M3 and M4. In the M2, this engine develops 453 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 takes 4.3 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission and 4.1 seconds with the eight-speed automatic. Top speed, unsurprisingly, is 155mph, but if you opt for the M Driver’s Package, the top speed jumps to 177mph.
The power goes exclusively to the rear wheels, BMW does not offer an AWD version of the M2. Considering the buyer base for this type of car, it was the right thing to do. Confusingly, the eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, the six-speed manual is optional. In any case, it’s good that BMW offers a manual transmission on this car. It also gets a staggered wheel setup, much like the M3 and M4, with 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels. The active M differential and adaptive dampers are also part of the standard equipment. A potential concern, however, is that this is quite a heavy car, weighing in at 3,747 pounds. For context, the 1M weighed 3,295 pounds.
2023 M2 Comfort And Quality
BMW leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the interiors of its M cars, and the new M2 is no exception. There are flashes of all three M colors throughout, as well as unique bucket seats. The most noticeable change inside, however, is that the 2023 M2, and thus the 2-Series Coupe, gets the new BMW Curved Display for the first time. We first saw this feature on the iX electric SUV, and it packs the infotainment system and gauge cluster into one giant piece of curved glass. These two screens work the latest version of BMW software, Operating System 8, however, they come at the expense of valuable physical AC buttons and switches.
There’s plenty of new tech here, including 5G capabilities, cloud-based browsing and a Wi-Fi hotspot for good measure. The M2 also has a full catalog of new safety features, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. It also includes adaptive cruise control, but we don’t know how BMW will implement this with the manual transmission. Optional carbon fiber bucket seats with illuminated M2 logos are also available.
Pricing and launch of M2 2023
The 2023 BMW M2 will arrive in North American dealerships in the spring of 2023. BMW has confirmed that pricing will start at $63,195. That’s a bit more than the outgoing M2 competition, but that’s usually how it goes for new cars. Either way, the M2 has a lot to offer, and while the styling isn’t for everyone, it’s definitely more in the realm of ‘normal’, especially when you compare it to other BMWs. The Bavarians may well have a winner on their hands here.