“The Petrol-Head’s Last Hallowed Hurrah”: The 2023 BMW M2

There are so many quotes about mind-blowingly powerful sedans, and here’s our favorite. “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary.. that’s what gets you”. Now properly celebrating 50 years of existence, the BMW M2 coupe will be the true gas engine fanatic’s dream come true. This enthusiast’s gem is a 453-horsepower, inline 6 powered, two door glazed for perfection.

The 2023 BMW M2

The 2023 BMW M2 is one of the most awaited models of the year. Taking the car’s already stellar ethos and pushing the limits further, it also comes with the latest iDrive 8 infotainment system. The Auto Guide review crew was thrilled with its boast of being one of the quickest-accelerating cars you can buy under $50,000. Its specially tuned chassis and electric appearance also sport rear-wheel-drive only.

The bounty of being the best in the biz:

Anyone who lives and breathes driving will enjoy the M2 as one of the last true manual transmissions to exist. The iDrive 8 system is smartly laid-out across two high-definition screens. This acclaimed German brand’s offerings also provide many various upgrades for the incoming M2. Two spoiler options are available for the rear. There are also a beefy front splitter and carbon fiber trim for the air intakes.

Situational scorching pavement + sheer driving pleasure:

1916 is officially considered BMW’s founding year. The name stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH. It was 1964 when the first advertisement ending with “for sheer driving pleasure” ran for BMW. Eventually becoming an integral part of the brand’s image, this was quite an accurate description. When the BMW high-rise was completed in 1972, it was the perfect backdrop for the Olympics in Munich.

What is new for 2023?

Stick-shift enthusiasts will want to embrace the standard six-speed manual rather instead of the 8-speed automatic. The M Driver’s Package lays claim to a higher top speed of 177 mph over the outgoing model’s 155 mph. Power is derived from the noteworthy S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. This powertrain can suitably propel the M2 up to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds using the 8-speed automatic. Specific chassis enhancements and a fine-tuned suspension allow this to be the fasted 2-series to grace any track.

Inside this sentimental and noble number:

Inside, the M2 boasts the same layout as the regular 2-series. We’d definitely have to recommend the Carbon Fiber package, adding upper-end touches to what is already a fine-honed “rocket of royalty.” The available M Carbon Roof comes ideally optimized with fins and lowers the center of gravity to optimize performance.

The M Carbon Bucket Seats do so much more than look fantastic. Here you can make fine-tuned adjustments for lightweight and very practical support. There are now more color options than ever to accentuate your grand entrance. You can choose from the gorgeous Toronto Red Metallic, Brooklyn Grey Metallic, and Zandvoort Blue. With the iconic logo centered perfectly on the steering wheel, the layout is very sleek. The BMW M2 Coupe features up to 13.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Era-defining domination of the track:

BMW has always been head-to-head with Porsche and a few other notable names. Track domination is a key topic, even though this model is a stellar daily driver too! The TwinPower Turbo Technology features variable valves and lift control. High-precision direct injection and optimized aerodynamics provide a legendary handling sense. Aluminum suspension control arms are an excellent tool for minimizing corrosion.

Another touch that remains very defining yet timeless on the M2 is the quad tailpipes with chrome finishers. Expert drivers who have already been thrilled with their own M2 test have ranked it magnificent. Activating Sport mode offers excellent traction for pure track enjoyment. A Dinan Intercooler is another available upgrade that controls excess heat on the track.

A “screeching tires” eye-view of the controls:

The steering wheel alone makes quite a statement. It is a 3-spoke telescopic, leather-wrapped multi-function M model. There is also an exterior temperature display with useful freezing temperature alarm. Live Cockpit Plus features the very awesome BMW Curved Display with a 12.3” instrument cluster. Here there is also a high-resolution 14.9” central display. You can operate the iDrive 8 system by touchscreen, voice, or iDrive Touchpad.

Safety and first-rate security:

The 2023 BMW M2 has numerous useful safety features. The driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system is standing guard for impact. There are also knee airbags for both the driver and front passenger. Cruising in one of the world’s last pure offerings offers Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners. Coded Driveway Protection equips you with the latest and greatest in the anti-theft game. Active Driving Assistant includes these valuable features:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Frontal Collision Warning with brake intervention
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Active Guard
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Mobility kit


The 2023 BMW M2 is going to be one of the last remaining gas guzzlers with a soul. Track-tuned response, segment-leading handling, and proper chops for avid cornering are all included. It’s one of the most looked-forward-to models of the New Year! Do you think the M2 is worth the hype? Let us know in the comments below, or pop in and check out another article about BMW’s first electric SUV.

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Jon Weirman
I am a freelance writer in the Midwest who specializes in vehicles built for expert-level off-roading, and anything with a staggering amount of horsepower. In my first life I worked in broadcasting for Starz Network and Discovery Channel. I also love retro video games and sci-fi movies. Everything from the loud and burly muscle cars of the late 1970s to new crossover SUVs with futuristic tech features have populated my inbox!

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    1. FYI . . . this car is NOT under $50k as the article states.

      Also, all of the photos are of the previous generation M2, not the one you the article is about.

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