Analog sports cars have become a rarity in the modern era, but BMW’s M2 in 2023 is as close as you can get to that experience. This rear-wheel-drive coupe still features a clutch pedal and an inline-six engine, without any electrification. Considering recent announcements from BMW, it’s highly probable that the M2 will be the last of its kind, as future-generation M models will all be hybrids and will no longer offer a manual transmission option.
BMW UK has chosen to showcase the G87 in an extensive photo shoot, focusing on the second-generation M2. The vehicle featured is a Brooklyn Grey model with an automatic transmission, which is the standard configuration in the country. If you prefer to manually shift gears, you will need to pay an additional £1,200 for the 6MT option. Interestingly, this extra cost for the manual transmission does not apply universally, as BMW USA offers both transmissions as a no-cost option.
The latest M2 has a completely different appearance compared to its predecessor, despite being larger and heavier. In fact, it is almost comparable in size to the M4. This version is equipped with two-tone wheels (930 M) that have blue brake calipers. Additionally, it features standard seats instead of the optional carbon seats that offer a more snug fit. The exterior design of the new M2 is a significant departure from the previous F87 model, and the cabin has also undergone notable changes. The iDrive 8 system, which consists of a pair of large displays, now resides in the interior.
Similar to its predecessors, the entry-level M cars, the power in the M2 is directed solely to the rear wheels. While there have been speculations about an M2 xDrive variant, our sources have informed us that a final decision is still pending. In the meantime, BMW is actively developing a CS edition of the M2, which is anticipated to be released in 2025 and will boast more than 500 horsepower along with an automatic transmission. The M2 may potentially be the last vehicle that truly caters to purists. However, looking on the bright side, it is expected to remain in production for several more years. BMW is believed to continue manufacturing the M2 until 2029, providing enthusiasts with ample time to acquire an M car equipped with a non-hybrid internal combustion engine and a manual transmission.