Continuing the Bavarian brand’s tradition of “ultra-sporty” models with compact dimensions, the wraps have finally been lifted off the new-generation BMW M2, arguably one of the most highly anticipated sports cars of 2022. 

BMW M2

Building on the success of its forebear, the latest iteration’s 3.0-litre inline-six, complete with the German marque’s M TwinPower technology, produces 338 kW and 550 Nm of torque, available from 6 250 r/min and 2 650 to 5 870 r/min, respectively. The engine revs to a maximum of 7 200 r/min.

BMW says the powertrain sited under the bonnet of the new M2 differs only in a small number of details from the unit employed in the M3 and M4 models. “The 3.0-litre unit thrills with its urgent response, a healthy appetite for revs and linear power delivery into the highest reaches of the engine speed range,” said the automaker. The “pulsating” build-up is accompanied by an “emotionally rich” soundtrack from an M-specific exhaust system. 

Power and torque are sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission, complete with Drivelogic. BMW says, “[The transmission’s] extremely sporty gear shifts, direct connection to the engine and ability to execute multiple downshifts to the lowest available gear form the ideal basis for beguiling, instantaneous acceleration.” A six-speed manual gearbox is an option “for anyone seeking a performance experience in the classical mould, rooted in the intense interaction between driver and car”. 

The company claims the M Steptronic-equipped box-fresh M2 completes the obligatory 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.1 seconds. The manual version sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 4.3 seconds. The 0-200 km/h times are rated at 13.5 seconds (automatic) and 14.3 seconds (manual). The top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h. However, specifying the M Driver’s Package lifts the maximum speed to 285 km/h. 

BMW M2

Stopping power is provided by “powerful” M Compound brakes housed within 19-inch light-alloy wheels (front) and 20-inch items (rear). The braking system comprises six-piston fixed callipers up front and single-piston floating callipers aft. 

The M2 will be built alongside the 2 Series Coupé at the BMW Group’s San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico. The global launch will take place in April 2023.