Video: 2023 BMW M2 Walkaround, in the showrooms in April

Video: 2023 BMW M2 Walkaround, in the showrooms in April

BMW’s bigger, bolder and more powerful second-generation M2 hits showrooms this April – with a higher price point than its predecessor.

The second generation of the BMW M2 is scheduled to arrive in Australian showrooms from April.

Speak with drivesaid a BMW Australia spokesman, “we are doing everything we can to get the new M2 into dealerships from April, with customers able to order a car now.”

The G87 generation 2023 BMW M2 is powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo ‘S58’ petrol engine, which is also found in the current BMW M3 and M4 – albeit with slightly less power in the M2.

The M2 offers 338 kW and 550 Nm, which is lower than the manual M3’s 353 kW and 550 Nm, but higher than the previous top-of-the-line F87 generation M2 CS with 331 kW and 550 Nm.

automobile power torque Difference to G87 M2 performance-weight
2023 BMW M2 (G87) 338kW 550Nm 195.9 kW/t
2021 BMW M2 Competition (F87) 302kW 550Nm -36kW 195.7 kW/t
2020 BMW M2 CS (F87) 331kW 550Nm -7kW 214.5kW/t
2023 BMW M3 Manual (G80) 353kW 550Nm +15kW 211.6kW/t
2023 BMW M3 Competition (G80) 375kW 650Nm +37kW / 100Nm 221.5kW/t

The new car’s extra size and weight improves its power-to-weight ratio over the previous F87-generation M2, but still gives the M3 and M4 the edge.

Based on BMW’s ‘CLAR’ architecture – which underpins almost all of its models, including the larger 3 Series – the new M2 is taller than the old car in every way except at height, where it sits 7mm lower.

2023 G87 M2 (Auto) 2021 F87 M2 (comp car) difference
length 4580mm 4461mm 119mm
Broad 1887mm 1854mm 33mm
Height 1403mm 1410mm -7mm
wheelbase 2747mm 2693mm 54mm
Weight (curb) 1725kg 1575kg 150kg

The G87 M2 is not only the last BMW M car to be developed without a hybrid or electric powertrain, but also the last M car to be fitted with a manual gearbox.

Although buyer interest in the new car has been strong, there is no indication of how many customers have ordered a three-pedal car.

To add some context, a BMW Australia spokesman noted that “the decrease for a manual gearbox was about 30 percent on the previous generation M2.”

James Ward

James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked in the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left the company in 2017 to work at BMW and then returned in late 2019 to take over the content leadership of Drive.

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