While electric vehicles (EVs) and SUVs have been dominating the automotive industry, sports cars have taken a back seat. However, for those who crave the excitement of a two-door sports car, there are still exceptional options available. One such example is the 2023 BMW M2.
The second-generation M2 takes inspiration from its larger sibling, the M4, and offers a more affordable and compact package. The 2023 M2 is slightly larger than its predecessor, with an increase of 4.1 inches in length and a 2.1-inch expansion in the wheelbase. This mirrors the wider front and rear tracks of the M4. The car also offers an optional carbon fiber roof to reduce weight, although the overall weight has increased by 184 pounds.
The M2 encompasses the classic sports coupe silhouette, reminiscent of past sports car designs. It retains a three-box conventional structure and thankfully does not feature the controversial grille found on the M4.
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Under the hood, the M2 is equipped with the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine as the M3 and M4, but it exclusively comes with rear-wheel drive. The S58 engine delivers an impressive 453 horsepower, slightly lower than the standard M4, but matches it with 406 pound-feet of torque. The M2 offers a six-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, providing a delightful driving experience.
With a thrilling 7,200 rpm redline and a captivating exhaust note from its quad tailpipes, the M2 accelerates swiftly and offers exceptional grip on the road. Despite having slightly less turbo boost than the M4, it rekindles the exhilarating sensations often missed in modern vehicles.
The new M2 outpaces the standard M4 in acceleration, braking, and grip, achieving a 0-60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds compared to the M4’s 4.1 seconds. In summary, the M2 excels in performance, surpassing its predecessor.
The M2 offers various driving modes and features the M4’s rear axle, adaptive dampers, brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires. There is also an option for Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Inside the M2, you’ll find BMW’s Curved Display, which combines a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a 14.9-inch center touchscreen. Optional M Carbon bucket seats help reduce the car’s weight by 24 pounds. However, the second row seating space remains limited for passengers.
The starting price for the 2023 BMW M2 is $63,195. It competes with the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. While both of these models offer more practicality with four doors and all-wheel drive, the M2 stands out as the best option with its excellent handling and smooth six-cylinder engine.
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