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BMW Unleashes a Purist’s Rear-Wheel Drive M2 With Six-Speed Manual Transmission

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This year, BMW is celebrating the illustrious 50th anniversary of its revered M Motorsport division. And as the months have passed on, the Bavarian brand continues to mark the occasion via a slew of high-performance releases. Alongside pulling the cover off of its new hybrid V8-powered LMDh racer, an M3 Touring wagon, an M4 CSL, a new M-spec superbike, and the turbocharged hybrid XM SUV, BMW has now revealed the all-new 2023 model year M2. 

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Representing one of, if not the final purists’ M car — with a straight-six mated to a manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels — the new second-generation M2 is powered by the latest iteration of BMW’s six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo’d 3.0-liter engine, a high-revving powertrain that cranks out 460hp and 405ft-lbs of torque — 90hp more than its predecessor. Available with a six-speed manual transmission, the 2023 M2 is good for a 4.1-second 0-60mph time, a 13.5-second 0-124mph time, and a limited top speed of 155mph — though the optional M Driver’s Package unlocks a higher top speed of 177mph. 

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Boasting a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this road-legal track weapon has a race-tuned and reinforced chassis, a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear axle that come equipped with M-specific kinematics, and adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. Alongside a carbon-laden race-inspired interior, the latest M2 also gets a suite of M-specific running gear and components including M Compound brakes with six-piston, fixed-caliper front brakes, M Servotronic steering, and an M-specific exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps. The 2023 model year M2 also comes loaded with cutting-edge driver tech, such as a standard-fit M Drive Professional unit that features the M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer, an M Mode button, a Head-Up display, M Traction Control, and BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control system. 

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Slated to roll into dealerships in Q1 of next year, the 2023 BMW M2 will start at $63,195 — a number that includes a $995 destination charge. BMW is also offering numerous upgrade packages such as the M Race Track Package and the aforementioned M Driver’s Package.