UPDATE: Australian first look at BMW HQ
The new 2023 BMW M2 is in Australia., and we’ve taken a closer look at its styling and features. Check out the video below, and keep reading further down for more details on the M division hero ‘small’ coupe.
October 2022: BMW M2 Price Revealed
- Priced from $119,900
- 6-speed manual standard; The 8-speed auto is a no-cost option
- Still undercuts rival Porsche Cayman.
gave 2023 BMW M2 It will cost $30,000 more than the original high-performance coupe when it goes on sale locally in the first half of next year.
BMW Australia has confirmed a $119,900 starting price for the second-generation M2, which has been revealed globally today.
That’s a $17,000 increase over the M2 Competition manual available in 2021, though the eight-speed auto is a no-cost replacement for the new model’s standard six-speed manual. That adds up to $10,000 when comparing self-replacing models.
Transmissions team up with a revised version of the M3/M4’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six, feeding only the rear wheels.
The M2 2 Series coupe slots in to regain its natural position as the flagship of the range, priced considerably higher than the former top model, the $91,900 M240i xDrive.
Despite the price hike, it’s significantly more attainable than the M4 coupe which starts at $158,500 in regular guise or $168,500 in sharp competition guise.
The rival Porsche Cayman starts at $122,000.
Australian M2 models will feature a carbon fiber roof as standard, a feature previously only offered on the M3 and an option in other markets such as the UK.
BMW says the lightweight roof saves six kilograms, lowering the M2’s center of gravity.
From March production, BMW Australia says the M2 will be available with M 50 air badging that celebrates the performance division’s birthday this year.
Other standard equipment for the 2023 BMW M2 includes:
Chassis and exterior
- Staggered M light alloy wheels: 19-inch front, 20-inch rear (with jet black or bicolor rims)
- Active M difference
- Adaptive LED headlights with auto high beam
- Adaptive M suspension.
- M Compound Brakes High Performance Brakes (blue but also available with red high gloss calipers)
- Metallic paintwork
- Heads up display
- 12.3-inch digital driver display
- 14.9-inch infotainment display
- Harman Kardon Audio System
- Smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Wireless smartphone charging
- Comfort Access System (BMW Digital Key for 8-speed auto)
- Attached Package Professional
- Digital radio
- Driving Assistant
- Adaptive cruise control (replaced by cruise control with braking function for manual models)
- Tire pressure monitoring system
Cabin comfort and trim
- 3-zone climate control
- Leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery
- M Sport front seats with electric adjustment, heating and lumbar support
- Heated steering wheel
- M ‘Carbon Fiber’ package (includes CFRP inserts in the steering wheel and CFRP gear shift paddles on the steering wheel)
- M High gloss shadow line with extended content
- M Interior trim finisher carbon fiber
- M Lights Shadow Line
- M seat belts
- Composite paint finishes consist of non-metallic Alpine White and M. Zandort Blue, and
- Black Sapphire, M Toronto Red and M Brooklyn Gray Metallics.
The $14,500 M Carbon Experience package aims to get buyers serious about track days. It introduces M carbon bucket seats up front which are claimed to save 10.8kg compared to standard seats, adds a removable headrest cover for extra crash helmet space, and Introduces different cutouts to allow for multi-point seat belts.
The upholstery also changes to ‘Merino’ leather, there are vouchers for BMW driving experience courses, and the M2’s top speed increases from 250km/h to 285km/h.
BMW says it has sold more than 60,000 examples of the M2 since its 2015 release, with more than 2600 M2s sold in Australia since its arrival in 2016 – when it was priced at $89,900.
One in five BMW models sold in Australia is an M performance model.