end of an era. It may sound exaggerated, but this is how we can describe the new BMW M2(G87).
All because the new M2, one of the most anticipated launches for the Munich home, will be the last BMW M.
And if its incompatible aesthetics is sure to be talked about, it is its technical specifications that guarantee it a place in BMW M history even before the first unit was sold.
New M2 numbers
As expected, the new BMW M2 features the same engine M3 and M4. Named the S58, a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, in-line six-cylinder.
In the new M2, this engine generates 460 hp at 6250 rpm and 550 Nm of torque between 2650 and 5870 rpm. In turn, its predecessor delivered 370 hp and 500 Nm; Figures that have grown to 410 hp and 550 Nm in M2 . Competition; It culminated in the past M2 CS which delivered 450 hp and 550 Nm.
With the limiter set at 7200 rpm, this engine sends torque exclusively to the rear wheels. It does so via an eight-speed automatic gearbox or, optionally, a six-speed manual, without a doubt the most sought-after version.
In addition to “inheriting” its engine from the M4, the new BMW M2 appears to have “inherited” its mass. In the version with manual gearbox, the scale shows 1700 kg (DIN), a value that rises to 1725 kg in the automatic version.
It’s exactly the same block as the larger M4 competition – which we also tested -, and 150 kg more than the previous M2 competition (!).
Despite the increase in mass, the new M2 is almost as fast as the M3 and M4. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in just 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds with the manual gearbox) and the limited top speed of 250 km/h can be increased to 285 km/h using the optional “M Driver’s Package”.
As expected, much of the BMW M engineers’ work has focused on ensuring that only the latest combustion models won’t disappoint you in corners.
In this way, there are many ‘weapons’ in the new BMW M2 to take on the winding roads as you wish. For starters, the weight distribution is close to the ideal 50:50 ratio.
Added to this are the adaptive suspension, the M Servotronic variable-ratio steering and the optimized braking system.
With composite discs, it has six pistons in the front and one in the rear. However, the most interesting thing is the possibility for the driver to adjust the feel of the brake pedal (there are two options to choose from).
Finally, the latest BMW M model running exclusively on octane has an active differential on the rear axle to better manage torque delivery.
Controversial exterior and modern interior
Much has been written about the exterior of the BMW M2, but it is worth noting that behind some controversial lines there is function in addition to form.
For example, according to BMW, redesigned air intakes in the fenders allowed for better brake and engine cooling. Already spoiler The back contributes more down force.
As for the interior, the BMW M2 stands out for its adoption of the iDrive 8 system and two large screens. One, with 12.3″, fulfills the functions of the instrument panel. The other, with 14.9″, houses the infotainment system.
Also in the cabin of the new BMW M2 there is the possibility of carbon-fibre seats. Optional, these seats allow you to save about 10.8 kg.
When will it arrive and how much will it cost?
The BMW M2 will be produced exclusively at the BMW plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Remember that all BMW 2 Series of the current generation have already come out of this factory.
With market arrival scheduled for April 2023, the new BMW M2 is supposed to cost around €87,500 in Portugal.
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