Enthusiasts rejoice! The 2022 BMW M2 will be offered with a six-speed manual when it enter production from December 2022.
Set to be based on the recently unveiled 2 Series’ G82 chassis, the G87 M2 will be powered by the familiar S58 engine borrowed from the current M3 and M4 pair. However, the 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged inline-six will be detuned from its current 353kW to 339kW in order not to undercut its larger siblings.
Despite the power trim, the second-generation M2 will still be significantly more powerful than the current model’s N55 twin-scroll, single turbo inline-six which pumps out 272kW.
No xDrive all-wheel drive system is expected, either, with power sent exclusively to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
It is not clear whether BMW will carry over the current M2’s six-speed manual or utilises the newer unit from the M3/M4. Similarly, it remains to be seen whether BMW will carry over the existing seven-speed dual-clutch or switch to its new ZF-built eight-speed torque converter automatic.
While the 2022 M2 will feature an all-new outlook, it will use parts derived from the current model, including its electronic limited-slip differential and re-tuned suspension. An optional carbon fibre roof and adaptive dampers will be on offer.
With manuals getting ever rarer by the day, the M2 along with the M3 and M4 will be the only models available with three pedals in BMW’s current line-up.
Sales of the highly anticipated G87 M2 is expected to start in 2023.
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