2022 BMW M2 shows off new M Performance parts

All-new BMW M2 has been seen testing with optional M Performance upgrades as it approaches release

  • New M2 will be unveiled in 2022
  • 400bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine 
  • Will be available with a manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic

BMW is honing its all-new M2 in an effort to make it as engaging and enjoyable to drive as the previous model – and we’ve spied it during cold weather running and track driving. The latest images of a camouflage test vehicle reveal parts that differ from those seen on previous test images and suggest optional M Performance upgrades will be available as soon as the car arrives in showrooms.

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A new rear wing appears on the latest test car along with a set of alloy wheels known as ‘1000 M’. The forged wheels are currently available on the BMW M3 and M4 as optional fitment with the M Performance package. BMW posted a message on social media that included #MPerformanceParts along with camouflaged images of the new M2, so expect the parts seen on the test vehicle to form part of an optional M Performance upgrade.

BMW appears to be entering the final phase of performance testing for the new M2 and has been seen performing rigorous shake down laps at the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in Germany.

The next BMW M2 is understood to be the recipient of a less powerful version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that is already fitted to current BMW M3 and BMW M4. Mechanical changes, includes a wider track width (distance between the wheels on the same axle) and active dampers along with a host of other mechanical changes over the regular BMW 2 Series.

The new car will be unveiled in 2022 with an expected price of around £60,000. Direct rivals will include the Alpine A110, Porsche 718 Cayman, Audi RS 3 and Mercedes-AMG A 45

2022 BMW M2: design

While BMW has given the latest M3 and M4 an oversized kidney grille design, it’s thought the M2 will retain a smaller version. The front of the car will still be significantly different to separate it from the regular 2 Series; expect a more angular nose with a muscular front bumper and deeper, chiselled air vents. The wheel arches will be flared to accommodate the car’s extra width and there will be vents on the front wings wearing the M badge. At the back, the signature ‘M car’ quad exhaust system will feature alongside a new rear diffuser. 

Engine, gearbox and chassis

Unlike some rivals, BMW will not be downsizing the M2’s engine; it will almost certainly be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine. This is already used in the X3 M and X4 M SUVs, as well as the latest M3 saloon and M4 coupe. 

The M2 will get a less powerful version of this engine to avoid overlap with the more expensive M models. The base M2 model will have around 400bhp, with a more potent M2 Competition getting around 430bhp. Only the flagship Competition spec model will be sold in the UK. 

BMW xDrive explained

To help separate it from the M240i xDrive, it’ll retain the rear-wheel-drive layout of the old car and will be offered with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. 

To enhance its handling, BMW’s M Division will give the new flagship model a wider track and stiffer suspension. An M Sport rear differential will improve traction and adaptive M Sport dampers will be on the options list. 

Interior and technology

The interior is likely to benefit from a substantial upgrade over the regular 2 Series coupe in the form of BMW’s new dual-display iDrive infotainment system. This setup houses the digital dial cluster and main screen in a curved housing, joining them together as one ultra-wide seamless display. 

The M2 will get the latest M Division design cues, with the two-tone bucket seat design already seen in the latest M3 and M4. An M-specific steering wheel will house a pair of red M mode buttons, which can be linked to customised vehicle mode settings allowing the driver to switch between different driving modes at the touch of a button. 

Want to know more about BMW’s latest M models? Read our reviews of the new M3 saloon, M4 Coupe and the M5 saloon here. 

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