BMW M2 Unveiled With Manual Gearbox And 460hp

Launch of this BMW M2 will only be in April next year, so start saving up.

The BMW M2 revives interest in compact quick fun cars (manual driven) that we used to see on our roads three decades ago. Cars like the E30 M3 and the Audi RS4.

In November last year, BMW marketers hinted of the arrival of some interesting ‘M’ infused models in a press release for the brands 50th Birthday celebration this year. It started with the M3 touring, then the XM and now we have a brand new M2.

BMW engineers have provided for a 6-speed manual driven version and the product marketers might have fought them on his decision as final sales of manual performance cars are getting less and less around the globe.

Meanwhile, we are sure many of you reading this and thinking, what have happened to BMW design team. Like the recent unveiling of the XM Plug-In Hybrid SAV, the new look and design language seems to have gone sideways like their rear wheel drive cars on a twisty track.

This M2 production will get underway in April 2023. For BMW marketers the most important sales markets will be Germany and North America followed by Great Britain, China and Japan.

This new BMW M2 will be built for customers in every world market alongside the new BMW 2-Series Coupé at the BMW Group’s San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico.

Customers purchasing the new BMW M2 can choose from two solid and three metallic exterior paint shades. The selection comprises Alpine White solid, Sapphire Black metallic and Brooklyn Grey metallic, plus the Toronto Red metallic and Zandvoort Blue solid shades available exclusively for the compact high-performance sports car.

Standard specification for the new BMW M2 includes exclusively designed double-spoke M light-alloy wheels with a bi-colour finish. Measuring 19 inches at the front axle and 20 inches at the rear, they further enhance the car’s agile performance attributes.

A selection of other M light-alloy wheels can be specified as options in the same format. In addition, the range of BMW M Performance Parts features M Performance light-alloy wheels in 20/21-inch format.

The M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line engine, manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive deliver top-class performance in classical style.

The powertrain technology in the new BMW M2 brings elite performance to the premium compact segment and serves up an intoxicating driving experience in the style of a classical high-performance sports car.

The M2 is the only model in its segment to be offered with a six-cylinder inline engine, which impresses not only with its inimitable performance characteristics but also its clearly superior power.

The engine joins forces with either a dynamic eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic or a six-speed manual gearbox specialising in driving pleasure for a higher grade of purist. In both cases, the engine’s power is fed through to the road in traditional fashion via the rear wheels.

Developing a maximum 460hp from its six-cylinder in-line engine, the new BMW M2 stands at the pinnacle of the compact high performance segment. Added to which, its engine outguns the base unit used by its predecessor by 90hp. The 3.0-litre unit differs only in a small number of details from the engine employed in the BMW M3/BMW M4 models.

The straight-six engine once again captures the imagination with its hallmark M attributes in the version developed for the BMW M2. It combines the latest M TwinPower Turbo technology with the high-revving character drivers have come to expect of an M car.

Peak torque of 550Nm is produced between 2,650 and 5,870 rpm and maximum output arrives at 6,250 rpm. Urgent response, a healthy appetite for revs and linear power delivery into the highest reaches of the engine speed range together form an unmistakable skillset that defines the performance experience in the new BMW M2. The engine revs to a maximum 7,200 rpm.

Two mono-scroll turbochargers supply compressed air to the combustion chambers. The turbocharging system also features an indirect intercooler and an electronically controlled waste-gate. Other elements of M TwinPower Turbo technology are High Precision Injection, which works with maximum pressure of 350 bar, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing.

The automatic is a little faster to 100km/h from a standstill, taking just 4.1 seconds while the manual version does this in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is 250km/h, extendable to 285km/h with the M Driver’s Package.

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