After some slight leaks, the 2023 BMW M2 finally makes its official debut. Controversial Mega Bloks bumpers aside, it’s still the inline six, rear wheel drive coupe with a (standard) six speed manual, but there’s more to that.
The leaks have garnered some disapproval to the blocky bumpers, but it doesn’t seem too bad in some angles. Still, it’s undeniable that BMW’s attempt at being different surely gave its own distinction of being peculiar. If dispute cooks up attention, then they surely got it. That being said, the M2 got a lot wider, which somehow lines up pretty well with the blockiness. The widened front and back quarter panels also brought an increase in its wheelbase and track width. The protruding fenders do compliment the front and back quite well, though we suppose it could do much better without the squares.
It now features the same S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6 from the M3, tuned to make 453 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. More power than the N55 and the S55 in its previous CS variant, but still less than what’s in the M4. It goes from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds in the manual, 4.1 in the auto. Top speed is electronically limited to 249 km/h, which you can unlock to 184 km/h via the optional M Driver package. Other than the six-speed manual, there’s also an eight-speed automatic equipped with a torque converter. It also has a smart assistant that helps for optimal shifting, and 10 different levels of dynamic stability control. The Germans have also integrated an ‘M Drift Analyzer’ that calculates the distance, angle, and duration of your slides; talk about encouragement, like having a hype man going wild at every corner.
Inside, you’ll find the one-piece curved digital screen, acting as both the speedometer and the infotainment system. BMW’s iDrive 8 software is also present, with an up-to-date GPS, better voice recognition system, and much more. The interior has also taken quite a refresh. Of course, all the tech and luxury onboard adds weight, with the six-speed manual weighing at 1730kg and the eight-speed auto at 1764kg. At least the roof is made of carbon fiber.
p dir=”ltr” style=”line-height: 1.38;margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt”>The standard manual is a joy to see, and the detuned S58 is an interesting pick. The 2023 M3 starts at $63,995 in the US, and there’s no word on other trims. While not as much of a purist’s vehicle as it was, it’s understandably equipped with tons of tech and new performance that’ll justify its price. Will it justify the intentionally controversial looks? We’ll leave the internet to decide.