By Leon Brittain
With explicit BMW Motorsports identity and a wider track, the 2nd Gen BMW M2 was recently unveiled to automotive media during the 2022 BMW Group Test Fest in Palm Springs, CA. The German coupe is small, but its physicality is immense. The high-performance sports car kicks out 453-horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque (produced between 2,650 and 5,870 rpm) from its M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine and pairs with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. Also available is the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The featured wheels are 19″ front and 20″ rear M light alloy Jet Black double-spoke 930Ms with mixed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance rubber.
A few notable features of the RWD 2023 M2 include a new BMW Curved Display with iDrive 8 and M-specific content; standard M Drive Professional with Drift Analyzer and 10-position M Traction Control; a pronounced diffuser insert; Illuminated M Trim; heated M Sport seats; Vernasca Leather upholstery; and signature M quad tailpipes. The front fascia of the BMW M2 is dominated by a frameless BMW twin-kidney grille with prominent horizontal elements. Athletic proportions combine with clean surfaces and sculpted forms to outline its aggressive stance. But the M2 is differentiated from the BMW 2 Series Coupe by the M-specific design features necessary for the cool air intakes and aerodynamic balance.
Produced at BMW’s San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico, the global launch of the new M2 is set for April 2023 with a base MSRP of $62,200 plus $995 destination and handling. Color choices are two solid and three metallics, including Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, Brooklyn Grey metallic, Toronto Red metallic, and the new Zandvoort Blue, reserved exclusively for the new M2. So enjoy the next evolution of The Ultimate M Driving Machine.