The BMW M2 is back with a bang, and this time it's powered by the new M4's twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine, generating up to 453bhp!
German luxury automaker BMW recently dropped the veil on the second-generation M2. This pocket rocket is still offered with a manual and automatic transmission, but the design is brand-new. Although the styling has changed significantly, its core components, such as the rear-wheel drive and compact dimensions remain the same. In addition to this, it has now got new features as well as some key mechanical enhancements.
Powering the BMW M2 is the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine that does duty in the M4 Coupe. It's good for 453bhp and develops 500Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while you can also opt for the 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW M2 is claimed to accelerate to 100km/h from a standstill in 4.1 seconds in the manual version, while you can shave it off by another 0.2s if you pick the automatic derivative.
The most prominent upgrade in the second-gen BMW M2 that grabs your attention right away is its modified front end, featuring a kidney-shaped grille with distinctive horizontal slats. Moreover, an aggressive new front bumper with three sizable cooling ducts is also present. The wheel arches have a dynamic appearance and the car gets flared skirts on the sides. The wheels have a double-spoke design and are finished in black. They're offered in staggered sizes -- front tyres are of 19-inches while at the rear they're 20-inches. The front end is also much sharper, thanks to slimmer LED headlamps.
The new M2 has a contrasting black rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips in the standard M-style. The boot lip spoiler is discrete and seamlessly incorporated. To make the M2 lighter than the standard 2 Series Coupe, it comes with a brand-new carbon-fibre roof. Five exterior colour options are available for the second-generation BMW M2 including the Zandvoort Blue solid and Toronto Red metallic, which are specific to the model.
The all-new BMW M2 is set to launch in the international market by April 2023. Expect it to arrive in India after its global launch, and it's likely to cost a little over a crore (ex-showroom).