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BMW M2 G87 (2022): first drive in the new M2

These days BMW fans aren’t easy: the XXL kidney in most models, the current 1 Series (F40) only with a transversely mounted three/four cylinder engine and no rear-wheel drive. And then there’s the boldly designed BMW iX electric SUV. But in the fall of 2022 at the latest, there will be a real highlight that should even delight old-school BMW fans: the new M2 G87!

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BMW even officially teased the new M2 and gave it its own website. In addition to the optical preview, there are also references to the motorization of a compact sports car. How To Cars shows what is known about the M2!

Engine: 490 hp possible in the new M2

One thing is for sure: the new BMW M2 will be back with a guaranteed driving pleasure! Since the old M2 Competition already got 410 hp from the S55 straight-six, its successor had to add a few more hp.
BMW M2

This is how AUTO BILD illustrators envision the new generation of BMW M2.


However, the upcoming M2 maintains a certain respectful distance from its bigger brethren. Nevertheless: On the base version, up to 450 hp and a maximum torque of 550 Nm are ripped at the rear wheels. It shifts manually as standard, but the famous ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.

Four-wheel drive, as offered as an option for the M3 and M4, doesn’t appear to be available. As an xDrive, the lighter M2 will probably push its sibling to the parade and steal market share.

Driving: Speed ​​up on the camouflaged M2 (update!)

AUTO BILD was allowed to make its first round in a prototype that was still heavily camouflaged. At high speeds, the M2 appears significantly more directional than its predecessor, while the short wheelbase provides ample movement on the vertical axis. The coupe sprints to country road speeds in about four seconds, and reaches just 280 km/h.

BMW M2 prototype driving report

The M2 remains with the classic exhaust system. Optionally, there are also M Performance Parts.

This agility also determines spontaneous but predictable self-driving behavior. Slip is part of the M2 movement. Steering behavior shows a bit more sharpness, not least thanks to the 275 tires on the front axle.

The reaction at the limit is also more progressive, the adjustment of the adjustable spring damper is successful. And the sound of 450 hp in-line six? It offers everything from indifference to anger. So if the new M3 and M4 are too expensive or too chubby, it’s best to wait until 2023. There’s nothing else in this price range.

Design: BMW M2 with flared fenders and four original exhausts

As befits the original M model, the M2’s fenders are wider, as are its predecessors the legendary M2 F87 and 1 Series M Coupé. At the rear, the top model can be identified by a four-pipe exhaust. The fact that there are four real exhausts and no fake covers is an honor for the M2.
BMW M2 Prototype

A very important question is: which kidney will BMW choose for the M2?

The much-discussed “beaver kidney” is meant to differentiate the M version more from the normal model. However, the “normal” BMW 2 Series Coupé G42 is against this. The original model had relatively wide kidneys, but unlike the 4 it wasn’t that tall. As far as the M2 is concerned, this certainly sparked the hopes of the big M kidney critics.
BMW M has also provided a glimpse of M Performance Parts. As it turns out, the top 2 could also be equipped with a spoiler at the rear and colored rims in the future. The disguised prototype also shows the familiar performance exhaust systems of the M3 and M4, which arrange the exhaust pipes at an angle and one above the other.

Price: The new BMW M2 will be more expensive than its predecessor

When the new BMW M2 hits dealerships starting in the fall of 2022, it will probably cost a bit more than its predecessor. The final 410 hp M2 competition is available from around 62,500 euros. The starting price of the upcoming M2 is likely to be around 65,000 euros.