With just a few months left for the world premiere of the new BMW M2, the final test phase in the development of the new high-performance car is in full swing. The new BMW M2 is said to offer thoroughbred racing technology for the roads. In keeping with its affinity with the racetrack, the car’s driving dynamics were subjected to an intensive test at the Salzburgring in Austria. The world premiere of the new BMW M2 will be held in October, followed by the market launch in April 2023.
The tests focused on the driving dynamics and chassis, and the new BMW M2 impressed with outstanding characteristics. The new production car boasts a similar performance level to the BMW M2 CS, the exclusive, special-edition sports car from BMW M GmbH. It allows the driver to experience that pure racetrack feeling in any conditions – even at the limit, the company stated
In an interview with Bimmer Today, the returning BMW M boss Frank van Meel confirmed that the M2 will be the final M vehicle without any form of electrification. “The BMW M2 with in-line six-cylinder and rear-wheel drive will definitely be a puristic driving machine,” van Meel said. “We will see increasing electrification in other vehicles, of course, in different forms, starting with the 48-volt electrical system and plug-in hybrids to fully electric drives. Seen in this way, the M2 will be the last M with a pure combustion engine drive and also without electrification scope such as a 48-volt on-board network.”
The 2023 BMW M2 will be powered by the tried-and-tested engines from the M3 and M4 models. Will be offered in two optional transmission types, the manual 6-speed gearbox and 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox The sporty driving characteristics are intensified by the adaptive M chassis and the rear-wheel drive on the new BMW M2. The brake system comes from the M3 and M4.
The sporty appearance of the new BMW M2 is rounded off by a selection of special equipment options. For example, a carbon roof to reduce weight, among other benefits. M carbon bucket seats for the driver and passenger, also available as an option, emphasise the racing look of the new BMW M2.