Even though BMW today makes non-traditional cars, like the unusual but seemingly intriguing iX, it still hasn’t forgotten its performance car roots. As well as unveiling a handful of new EVs, the M3 and M4 are still the same fire-breathing beasts they always have been. Likewise, the current M2 is a performance machine with few equals.
The Bavarian automaker has already given us a preview of the updated regular 2 Series version; however, the specifications of the M2 have remained a mystery. Previously, the smaller BMW performance car did not have a full-fledged “M” engine until special editions arrived later in its production run. This apparently changes now depending on a longtime BMW insider to BimmerPost, who says the new M2 receives the full-fledged S58 engine and more from the M3 and M4.
Now it won’t be exactly the same. As is typically the case with cheaper, smaller models that get the same engine as their bigger, more expensive siblings, the M2’s S58 would allegedly be out of tune to produce 455 horsepower, compared to its usual 473 horsepower. . It might be less, it’s true, but it’s a difference of just 18 horsepower. And as the forum poster reports, the M2 will still have everything that makes M cars great.
User claims that a manual transmission will be available on the G87 chassis car, along with “all transmission and suspension things. [on the] G82 [M4]In short, that likely means an electronic limited slip differential, retuned suspension with an option for adaptive dampers, and plenty of other performance tweaks like the updated aero aero and an optional carbon fiber roof. The only things that would have been left out compared to the larger M3 and M4, the carbon-ceramic brakes and nicer bucket seats.
So instead of a 335i or 340i engine skipped, this time we would have the real “M” engine right off the bat. Since the days of BMW’s combustion engines seem numbered, we should feel lucky that they are. Who knows how many more M2 we will have; at least this one seems to have solid specs on paper.
We have contacted BMW to comment on these claimed features and will update this post with the manufacturer’s response.
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