M3 power without the strange M3 face

M3 power without the strange M3 face

Remember when the current BMW M3 and its glowing gills were revealed for 2021, and we all started worrying that every BMW outside of it could be sporting a more controversial design than ever before? Well, the 2023 BMW M2 Coupe is here to challenge that assumption, as the M3’s wild double grunt is replaced by smaller, more traditional kidney grilles. That’s fine, even if everything else on the front bears detail that is oddly plump for a regular 2 Series coupe. It may not be very attractive, but it lacks a focal point for the haters to focus on.

In any case, although the BMW M2 2023 represents the second generation of the most rugged 2 Series coupe, it’s not quite the job. Just as BMW claims, the rest of the M2 package largely mirrors (and builds on) the previous model’s “winning formula” – taking some suspension and engine parts from the BMW M3/M4 and putting them in the smaller 2 Series package.

M3 power!

This means that the new BMW M2 features the same 3.0-liter S58 turbocharged engine found on many other M models. Here it’s tuned 453 hp – about 48 hp more than the outgoing model and 9 hp more than the 2020 BMW M2 CS, and just 20 hp more than the base M4 coupe. Peak torque is 406 ft-lbs and is available between 2,650 and 5,870 rpm.

A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard equipment – yes! – And the available M2 automatic switches from a dual-clutch unit to a conventional eight-speed torque converter unit. Like other recent M models, the 2023 M2 comes with a few neat tricks to the drivetrain. Gearshift Assist will automatically match revs for manual deceleration, and the active M differential allows several selectable driving modes. There are also 10 levels of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) interference to choose from.

There’s also an M Mode button, which essentially puts track mode on the steering wheel with the push of a button, eliminating all electronic babysitters in pursuit of track performance. To keep track of said track performance there is an M cycle timer which is fairly straightforward – time yourself! What is most interesting to us is the return of the M drift analyzer which will actually record the duration, distance and angle when the driver sends it sideways; We’ve played with this in the new M3 and M4, and it’s an addictive way to increase your spending on replacement rear tires.

Unfortunately, all these new features and new tech interior features like curved screens and eSIM capability (new to the regular 2 Series Coupe for 2023), all add weight. So the new M2 coupe cuts the scales at 3,814 pounds for the six-speed manual and 3,867 pounds for the eight-speed automatic; At least compared to the manual transmission versions, that’s about 300 pounds more in weight than the 2016 model. The carbon-fiber roof can be chosen to shave a few pounds.

So, about this design

Well, we’ve been stuck for long enough – it’s time to talk a little more deeply about the design of the BMW M2 2023. It’s not a total shocker that the camouflage-wrapped prototype has already made the rounds, but now we can take in the full effect of the M2’s unique 3D frontage.

The M2 doesn’t gladly inherit the current M3 and M4’s massive kidney grilles that dominate those cars’ front fascias, but it’s frameless — meaning the body color surrounds a contrasting finish where the grille opening begins. Easily the most noticeable features are the very prominent square inlets flanking the front air dam, which are quite a departure from the Triangular trim of the 2 Series Coupe. While not the worst of modern BMW’s range, here’s our rub with the M2: The regular 2 Series coupe represents a relatively high point of the Bavarian brand’s restraint, which puts the pesky M2 into a slightly less satisfactory comfort.

Elements of the previous model can still be found in the general appearance of the 2023 M2. It becomes especially evident when looking at the 2023 M2 in profile. Short overhangs, wide wheel arches, and a defined rear diffuser are all available. Visually, the compact sports car looks similar in all dimensions but at 180.3 inches long, 74.3 inches wide and 55.2 inches high, the new M2 is 4.1 inches longer than its predecessor, 1.3 inches wider and 0.3 inches lower.

The 2023 M2 will offer five colors, two of which are solid colors and the remaining three metallic finishes. The shade you see in the official release images is Toronto Red metallic. Available color options include Sapphire Black Metallic, Brooklyn Gray Metallic, Alpine White, and the new exclusive Zandvoort Blue.

Before you jump into the debate on Reddit about the way the M2 looks, keep in mind that it will have a base price of $63,195 when it launches early next year. That’s nothing more than a loaded M240i coupe with 382 horsepower, which is a few thousand dollars less than the entry-level M4 and non-compete model, while being smaller and offering similar power – and based on our experience in the back the wheel should provide the M2 prototype earlier this The year was an absolutely horrific driving experience.

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