Enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new BMW M2, with the M Division boss confirming that it will be the final M model without any electrification.
It is widely expected that the new M2 will follow in the footsteps of the previous generation M2 CS using the same powertrain as the M3. This means a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged Straight-Six that pumps around 450 hp which should be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
Time to talk Insurance Today, Frank Van Meel, boss of BMW’s M division, was asked if the M2 would be the ultimate M model that does not go the way of electrification. He has confirmed that it really will.
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“The BMW M2 will definitely be a purist driving machine with straight-six and rear-wheel drive,” says Van Mill. “We will see increasing electrification in other vehicles, of course in different sizes, ranging from 480-volt electrical systems and plug-in hybrids to full electric drives. From this point of view, M2 would be the last M with a pure combustion engine and also without the possibility of electrification like a 48-volt on-board network, yes. “
The news is not too surprising considering the automaker’s ongoing focus on electrifying its line-up, including M-Division vehicles. In fact, BMW is also building its first two all-electric M models in the form of i4 M50i and iX M60i and is also working on its external XM SUV, a powerful hybrid set to churn well above 700 hp. The carmaker’s most powerful production model.
An official launch date for the 2023 M2 has not been set, but considering that a photo showing the car without any disguise has been leaked online, we suspect its premiere is not far off.