BMW M2 touches down with 453 PS, distinct style, Carbon option
The second generation of the BMW M2 will be assembled at the San Luis Potosí factory in Mexico and will go on sale in the United States in the spring of 2023 starting from U.S. $63,194.
The coupe sports its own exterior that sets it apart from the rest of the 2-Series, but its main highlight is still the engine. The BMW S58 is a three-liter inline six-cylinder mill driving the rear wheels with 453 PS (447 hp / 333 kW), nearly 50 horsepower more than its predecessor had. The peak torque stays at 550 Nm (406 lb-ft). The transmission is six-speed manual by default, but customers can specify M Steptronic 8A/T for a premium. The manual version needs 4.1 seconds to sprint from zero to 97 km/h (60 mph) and the automatic does the same in 3.9 seconds.
On the outside, the M2 boasts a relatively tame-looking nostril grille, a pronounced front apron and massive air intakes. The rear end flaunts a bold-looking bumper and a diffuser with four tailpipes sticking out from underneath.
A peek inside the cabin reveals redesigned M Sport seats with illuminated M letters on the headrests. For the first time on record, M2 buyers can opt for the Carbon package including M Carbon bucket seats and a lightweight roof. As for the dashboard, it houses the marque’s signature curved display incorporating a gauge cluster and a multimedia screen sized 12.3 and 14.9 inches across, respectively.
Editor Andrew Raspopov