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The second generation of BMW M2s are going to be with us by 2022, bringing with them entry-level power of 420bhp, rear-wheel drive as standard and the availability of the familiar beefy CS track edition.
This might be the last version of the beloved junior M line-up, before it gives way to the bigger, four-door M2 Gran Coupe. So, sit back, relax and put on your seat belts as we take you on a trip around the M2’s features in this full review.
Let’s start with the most important part of this performance car first – the engine.
BMW has decided to upgrade the current M2’s S55 twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine so that it delivers 16bhp more. It may not sound much, but coupled with the car’s larger dimensions and increased weight from the previous version, acceleration off the mark should be on a par or perhaps better than before.
Despite its engine producing a roaring sound which could wake your entire street up in the morning, the M2 has no problem cruising on a motorway journey. Granted, it doesn’t have the same ride comfort and smoothness as the more refined 2 Series that it’s modelled on, but you still have cruise control to rely on as standard. What’s more is that an eight-speed automatic gearbox is expected to be available
For the best unit in the new M2 lineup, you’ll want to look at the range-topping CS trim. It ramps up the car’s peak power to 444bhp which gives its bigger brother, the M4, a run for its money. At least until a new version arrives in 2021. However, you should bear in mind that it will cost you an arm and a leg in comparison to the standard M2, namely £75,355.
M2 Gran Coupe
The larger, four-door version of the M2 won’t receive as much power as the smaller editions, with around 400bhp expected. However, it will come with BMW’s esteemed xDrive all-wheel drive system as standard, plus the added functionality of having two doors at the rear for passengers to easily get in and out.
Rivals of the Gran Coupe include the Mercedes CLA and forthcoming Audi RS3 Saloon. The Audi is expected to be much stiffer competition to the Bimmer than the Merc, given that it will also feature a 400bhp engine and have smaller dimensions.
Starting with the bigger Gran Coupe, and there’s going to be an entirely revised interior design for the car. The same is likely to be used in the two-door versions of the M2, while new 2 Series Coupe and Convertible models are set to sport this new look also.
Nothing has been leaked by BMW to suggest what technology will be used on board, but the plethora of advanced safety and driver convenience goodies already thrown in on existing M2 models gives us a good idea that we should expect the same from the latest renditions of the car.
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