The 2023 BMW M2, derived from the regular 2-series, takes its performance to the next level with captivating enhancements. With a sleeker appearance and a finely tuned chassis for exhilarating handling, the M2 stands out. What truly sets it apart is the twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, roaring with a staggering 453 horsepower, coming only 20 horses short of the M3’s standard powertrain.
Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, standard in the new M2, offer rapid-acting exhilaration. Additionally, the M2 features an array of modern tech, including BMW’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment interface and a digital dashboard. Alongside numerous driver-assistance features, the M2 proves to be a dual-threat—both an exceptional track-day hero and an incredibly exciting daily driver.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2023 M2 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 453 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Although slightly detuned compared to M3s and M4s, the M2 engine still delivers an impressive performance. The torque output remains identical across the models. Rear-wheel drive is standard for all M2 variants, with buyers having the choice between a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy and Consumption
Regarding fuel efficiency, the M2 performs decently. Equipped with a six-speed manual, it achieves an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The eight-speed automatic reduces the highway rating to 23 mpg. During our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, the M2 even exceeded the EPA estimate by two mpg—an encouraging finding for potential buyers. For detailed fuel economy data, the EPA’s website offers more information.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside the M2, the layout remains consistent with the regular 2-series coupe. The front seats offer ample space for passengers, providing a comfortable experience. However, the rear seats might leave occupants wishing for the additional room offered in a 3-series sedan. The interior design boasts a sporty feel, featuring front seats with dramatic bolstering and illuminated M logos. For those desiring more, the Carbon Fiber package presents an option to have various cabin surfaces draped in this lightweight material, replacing the sport seats with even more aggressive body-hugging buckets, contributing to a 24-pound weight saving.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The M2’s infotainment system is nothing short of remarkable, incorporating a massive 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge display behind the steering wheel. Seamlessly transitioning to a larger 14.9-inch touchscreen, the iDrive 8 infotainment system becomes readily accessible. Navigation comes as a standard feature, and for those seeking an elevated experience, optional additions include a head-up display and 5G connectivity.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The M2 includes key driver-assist systems including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. For an extra level of advanced technology, the stop-and-go feature for cruise control is available, though it requires opting for the automatic transmission. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Standard adaptive cruise control
2023 BMW M2 Price
The starting price for the 2023 BMW M2 is £64,890, providing you with unparalleled value for a vehicle in this class. As you ascend the trim levels and explore additional packages, the price naturally increases, but so does the array of features and customizations available to you