BMW is launching the new M2 globally next month and Motor1.com will have a first-drive review of the hot hatch very, very soon. We have zero doubts it is going to be a blast to drive but we know from history that the Bavarian company can always squeeze more from its performance models. Is that going to be the case with the new M2, too? We don’t think so judging by a new interview with the M2 lead project manager.
Markus Schroder recently spoke with BimmerToday and confirmed no M2 Competition is currently under development. What’s worse, it’s not even in the cards for the next few years, which might mean it is either coming with the facelift for the model or it is not coming at all. An M2 with an all-wheel-drive system also doesn’t seem likely for the time being, according to the top BMW M manager.
Gallery: 2023 BMW M2 Enters Production In Mexico
We are sad to hear BMW isn’t even considering an M2 Competition at the moment, but knowing how potent the regular M2 is, there’s not much to be worried about really. With its 3.0-litre inline-six turbocharged S58 engine under the bonnet, the hot hatch has 453 bhp, 48 bhp more than its predecessor, and 406 pound-feet of torque. An automatic transmission is standard in the United Kingdom, however, Brits will have to pay extra to get the six-speed manual gearbox.
With the manual transmission, the new M2 needs 4.1 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and 3.9 seconds if it is fitted with the automatic. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour but it can be increased to 177 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package. These impressive performance levels come with a £64,745 starting price and the most expensive specification costs more than £73,600.
The 2023 M2 will be available at launch with a choice of five exterior colours – Zandvoort Blue, Toronto Red, Brooklyn Gray, Alpine White, and Sapphire Black. If your favourite hue is not among them, we have good news – the automaker plans to expand the colour range with the addition of new matt finishes from the Frozen range. If you were hoping for something from BMW’s Individual selection, we’ll have to disappoint you though – the plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, which produces the new M2 is not capable of applying those paints yet.