The BMW M2 shows itself ahead of its official launch on October 11

Next month will mark the beginning of the end for BMW M cars powered solely by combustion engines. Indeed, the new M2 (G87) will be the last model of the performance division to do without electrification.

Announced many times over the past few months, the sports coupe is back in a new official preview depicting an over-specced version, complete with M Performance parts. Notable upgrades include the rear spoiler, center-mounted exhaust tips, and bronze-colored wheels.

Our friends from BMWBLOG have learned from a reliable source that the world premiere is set for October 11 (October 12 in Europe) before a market launch in 2023. The sports coupe will be assembled only in Mexico, at the BMW factory in San Luis Potosi, and the first deliveries to customers are scheduled for next spring. We’ll have to wait and see if rumors of an xDrive-equipped M2 materialize, so for now only a rear-drive configuration will be offered.

The next M2 should satisfy enthusiasts by combining the engine and gearboxes of the M4 in a smaller and therefore lighter car. Needless to say, it won’t be as powerful as its big sibling, so expect around 450bhp so you won’t step on the base M4’s toes. A possible CS and/or CSL version could bump up the potency, but more powerful derivatives aren’t expected until the middle of the decade.

The teaser images hinted at several design changes from the M240i and other 2 Series coupe models, the most obvious being the square air intakes. It also receives a new kidney grille with horizontal slats, as well as the usual improvements that one is entitled to expect from a full-fledged M4: widened fenders, lowered ride height, wider tracks and quadruple exhaust.

The standard 2 Series Coupe has already adopted the iDrive 8 system for the 2023 model year and prototypes supplied by BMW for early testing with journalists were equipped with the new infotainment system. We’ve heard there will be a new body color to choose from – Zandvoort Blue – as well as at least three other shades: Black Sapphire, Brooklyn Grey, and Toronto Red.

The M2 will be closely followed by another S58-powered car by the end of the year, as BMW is working on a tribute to the 3.0 CSL. It will essentially be an M4 CSL with retro bodywork, a manual gearbox, all-wheel drive and more power, all for an advertised price of 750,000 euros.

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