The 2023 BMW M2 prototype was tested at the Salzburg circuit

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BMW has officially kicked off the countdown to the world premiere of what will be the last M car to get rid of electrification. Indeed, the M2 G87 will go down in history as the last ICE-only model to carry the “Most Powerful Letter in the World”. The German premium brand has been teasing the new M2 for some time and now we’re told the wraps will come off in October. The sports coupe is expected to hit the market in April 2023.

The presented M2 is a prototype, as the development of the car has not yet been completed. The final tests are now taking place, notably on the Austrian circuit of Salzburgring. The new M2 is based on the redesigned 2-Series Coupe launched last year, but when it arrives it will sport a newly designed digital instrument panel with a pair of attached floating screens instead of a traditional hood on the instrument cluster and a separate screen for the standard Drive 8 infotainment hub. The digital instrument cluster is also tuned for the regular 2-Series Coupe.

In power, there’s more than enough for the M2 to pull hard, as it uses the fantastic 3.0-litre twin-turbo i6 from the M3 and M4. BMW has yet to confirm official power specs for the M2, but in the M4, that engine makes 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 68 hp bump over the current M2 competition but an equal couple. It’s also a modest increase from the 444 horsepower M2 SC. Transmission options are confirmed to include a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic, with drive going to the rear wheels only.

BMW mentions that the facelifted M2 will offer roughly the same level of performance as the old M2 CS. It will inherit the braking system of the M4 and will be offered a carbon fiber roof to save weight. For an additional fee, carbon fiber bucket seats in the front will enhance the sporty ambience inside the cabin.

The 2023 BMW M2 prototype was tested at the Salzburg circuit The 2023 BMW M2 prototype was tested at the Salzburg circuit The 2023 BMW M2 prototype was tested at the Salzburg circuit The 2023 BMW M2 prototype was tested at the Salzburg circuit The 2023 BMW M2 prototype was tested at the Salzburg circuit

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