BMW M2 2023.. BMW M2 2023. The small and explosive BMW M2 is back for the 2023 model year with a second generation that improves on a formula already tried and loved by many enthusiasts.
And let’s get this straight: this will be the last M car with only an internal combustion engine and no form of electrification, as announced by the boss of the M performance division, Frank van Meel.
Although still considered a subcompact, the high-performance version of the BMW 2 Series gains 104 mm in length and 33 mm in width, while its height decreases by 7 mm, giving it a more stocky look. Its wheelbase has increased by 54mm in the name of interior space, without sacrificing agility, promises BMW. In addition, its front track is widened by 38 mm and the rear track by 4 mm, thus equaling the M4 coupe.
Design-wise, there’s a new frameless grille, redesigned, near-rectangular lower air intakes and headlights inspired by the legendary BMW 2 Series. A carbon roof is available as an option to lighten the weight of the car. car. At the rear, the most striking element is the heavily sculpted bumper, half intersected by the black diffuser from which two pairs of circular tailpipes emerge.
We should also mention the 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. By the way, the car you see here in the pictures is painted in Toronto Red. No kidding.
The BMW M2’s twin-turbocharged 3-litre six-cylinder engine now generates 453 horsepower at 6,250 rpm, 48 more than before and just 20 less than the M4, and 406 lb-ft of torque between 2 650 and 5,870 rpm. It can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, as usual, or an M Steptronic automatic that has eight gears. Only the rear wheels are driven, mainly for the sake of lightness (the xDrive cog would add too much weight).
The result is an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds with the manual or two tenths less with the automatic. Also note that an active M differential is included as standard to counter the loss of traction caused by a difference in grip between the rear wheels.
The chassis of the new M2 benefits from technologies initially developed for the M3-M4 duo. Specific reinforcement bars are added under the hood and the front subframe receives adjustments of its own. Ditto for the adaptive M suspension and M Servotronic steering, each offering different modes that the driver can choose from.
BMW is serious about the brakes, which use six-piston calipers and 15-inch composite discs up front and four-piston calipers and 14.6-inch discs in the rear. These calipers can be painted blue or red, as the buyer chooses.
Make way for the big screen.
As for the cabin, it’s no surprise to see BMW’s new curved digital interface, which combines 12.3-inch instrumentation with a 14.9-inch touchscreen, powered by the iDrive 8 system and his voice assistant. The menus and displays are clear, rich in information and fully customizable. Selecting Track mode, for example, not only gives a new dimension to the car but also to the interior ambience.
The other highlight on board is undoubtedly the redesigned M sport seats for increased lateral support. Their perforated Vernasca leather is available in black or cognac brown and their integrated headrests feature an illuminated M logo. For the first time, it is possible to replace them with M seats in carbon, which are 11 kg lighter.
Produced in Mexico, the new 2023 BMW M2 will go on sale in Canada early next spring with a base price of $76,500, not including freight and delivery charges as well as countless options and accessories. It will give a hot fight to the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing while waiting for an M2 CS to support its domination.
00:00 BMW M2 2023.
01:38 More powerful.
03:12 Make way for the big screen.