Just like the M3 and M4, the M2 makes use of BMW’s S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine, making 453 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. In comparison with its bigger siblings, the M2 is down 20 hp, however the torque output is an identical, and it is totally on boil between 2,650 and 5,870 rpm. This broad torque band means you do not actually need to downshift with the intention to construct pace, although each the six-speed guide and eight-speed computerized transmissions are enjoyable to play with. Curiously, no matter transmission, the 2023 BMW M2 is rated at 19 mpg mixed, and the guide automobile is ever so barely extra environment friendly on the freeway, estimated to return 24 mpg in comparison with the automated’s 23 mpg.
Given the selection between the 2, I might for certain go for the six-speed guide transmission, however my tester’s eight-speed computerized presents lots to love. You possibly can regulate the transmission’s responsiveness, from easy and leisurely to fast and kick-you-in-the-seat aggressive, and whereas bigger, steering column-mounted paddles could be a boon for tactile engagement, the carbon fiber wheel-mounted shifters are however fulfilling to make use of.
By the numbers, the 2023 M2 is not any slouch, with BMW estimating a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds for the manual-equipped coupe. Go for the automated and the M2 is ever so barely faster, doing the identical deed in 3.9 seconds. No matter gearbox, the M2 tops out at an electronically restricted 155 mph. You possibly can elevate that high finish to 177 mph if you want, nevertheless it requires including the $2,500 M Driver’s Bundle, which additionally provides you entry to a one-day BMW efficiency driving program.