A transmission to the rear wheels? A manual gearbox? A heat engine without electrification? If you want to combine these three ingredients in the same car, the options available now are limited to a handful of models, each one more elite than the other currently on the market. The Porsche 911, for example, or in a more affordable genre the Toyota Supra, the Mazda MX-5 or the Toyota GR 86. Other Japanese too “good”, there is precisely a German even more muscular and not entirely unaffordable: the BMW M2.
As it happens, this BMW M2 has just been upgraded to a completely new model generation, based on the recent G42 version of the 2 Series Coupé. As with all the novelties of the propellant brand in recent years, the design will once again give much to talk about with a confusing approach. This time, no giant beans to the bottom of the bumper: the latest M2 dares with a radically different front end than its big brother, the M4 Coupé. In view of the reactions of our colleagues also present during his presentation at the Paul Ricard circuit, it is not unanimous. But it has the merit of not looking like the rest of the models in the range and totally subjectively, I find it strangely interesting to look at.
Based on the CLAR platform and technically very close to the Series 3/Series 4, this M2 is more than ever the M4 in reduction. Inside, it also has the same dashboard as the restyled 4 Series introduced a few weeks ago. There’s a big, ultra-modern digital panel but once installed behind the wheel of the beast, there’s a perfect driving position and universe that makes you want to start the straight-six and go into first gear. Because yes, there is an authentic small manual gear lever under the center console of this new M2, as a free option for those who do not want to opt for the classic eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
With a 460 horsepower turbo block almost identical to that of the M4, 550 Nm, transmission only to the rear wheels and therefore this manual gearbox, it really has everything to make it the most radical sports compact on the market. It must be said that they no longer run through the streets, these sports compacts. Among the German manufacturers, the Mercedes A45 AMG and other Audi RS 3 do not exist in coupe or manual transmission. They certainly benefit from the powerful engines and sophisticated transmission, but purists will no doubt retain their preference for the M2. They will simply be sorry that the “little” German coupe now weighs 1,700 kilos empty on the scale, or even 1,725 kilos empty with the eight-speed automatic transmission. When we tell you that cars are getting heavier…
So what is the price of this new M2? At €79,900 per part at first price, unfortunately it is not given, especially adding the maximum penalty of €50,000 (reduced to €39,950 thanks to the new value of the car as long as you do not check an option). The RS 3 and the A45 AMG cost almost €10,000 less. But let’s say that the old 450 hp M2 CS cost nothing more than €99,800. Come on, we can’t wait to see what he has in store, this new M2.
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