2023 BMW M2: Inline Six, 453 Horsepower, Manual Transmission

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
2023 bmw m2 inline six 453 horsepower manual transmission

As the industry rockets towards a future eventually denuded of internal combustion, it’s encouraging to know at least some things retain a few traditional enthusiast roots. Witness the new 2023 BMW M2, packing an inline six-cylinder engine and three pedals.

The dimensions of an M2 arguably make the model a spiritual successor to the tremendous M3s of the ‘80s and ‘90s, not to mention a variation on the theme which was the original 2002. Its 108.1-inch wheelbase, for example, should provide good agility when being driven in anger. Track widths have increased by 1.5 inches (to 63.7) at the front and .16 inches (to 63.2) at the rear, matching the M4, and tires are staggered at 275/35/19 front and 285/30/20 rear. The new M3 is 4.3 inches shorter than today’s M4 but 2.1 inches longer than the old M2, though BMW still touts a near 50/50 weight distribution, which checks in at 3,814 pounds when equipped with a manual transmission. Note that is over 200 lbs more than last year’s car.

Speaking of the manual, it is a six-speed and BMW expects it to be slower to 60 mph than the eight-speed M Steptronic, estimating times of 4.1 seconds and 3.9 clicks respectively. Still, your author will choose the manual every day of the week and twice on Sunday in a car like this for sheer driving enjoyment and engagement with the machine. Yep, dorky gearhead status confirmed.

Those transmissions are lashed to an S58 TwinPower Turbo, making 453 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s roughly 50 more ponies than the M2 Competition and almost 10 more than the M2 CS. Torque is equal across all three. Given BMW’s model strategy with the last car, it is not unreasonable to suggest there is a near-500 hp M2 in our future. Peak power shows up at higher engine speeds than last year’s whip, with drivers needing to wind things out 1,000 rpm extra (6,250 v 5,230) for all the horses and 300 more (now 2,650). Redline is a shade over seven grand.

Other go-fast features include an Active M rear diff, computer gubbins with a yaffle of traction control settings, and the Adaptive M suspension. Six-piston brakes clamp 15-inch front rotors, two inches more in diameter than the entire wheel on this writer’s first car, with slightly less aggro brakes out back. Snazzy M Carbon buckets seem ripped from the M4, which is fine, while tat such as cognac leather and illuminated badges plus other stuff the B&B does not care about will be available. Typical safety gear like autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warnings are standard across the board. You’ll have noticed the front-end styling changes by now, shown here in Toronto Red.

How much? Expect a base MSRP of $62,200 plus $995 destination and handling, with a global launch in April 2023.

[Images: BMW]

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  • BEPLA BEPLA on Oct 13, 2022

    BMW: The Ugliest Driving Machine

  • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 17, 2022

    Looks like Dodge. I hope current car trend will go away and we go back to normal. But I feel, wee will just lose ability to drive altogether

  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs
  • Sid SB Not seen a Core without the performance pack yet. Prefer the more understated look of the Core vs the Circuit, but both are great fun to drive.