2023 BMW M2 Review: Double Down

Derryn Wong
  1. Introduction / Styling and Appearance
  2. Driving Experience
  3. Interior / Competition and Conclusion

Interior / Features / Space

BMW M dressed up the interior accordingly, there’s more CF if you want it, but plenty of alcantara and leather in the right spots. The full infotainment loadout is present – BMW Widescreen, driver’s display, intact iDrive rotary controller, additional buttons (M buttons on wheel, setup and drive mode buttons near gear shifter) specific to the M2.

Like other M cars, the driving modes have a Road/Sport/Track dichotomy now, but you can also tweak the setup to your heart’s content, everything from the brakes, to the steering, gearshifts, power delivery, and more.

You won’t buy this car to ferry people around, but it does okay as a four-seater since the rear seats are not entirely a crime against humanity – our passenger who survived more than 500km there (with our driving!) can attest. Meanwhile the luggage space of 390-litres is quite practical, although the aperture is small, it’s 10-litres larger than on a VW Golf.

Conclusion and Competition 

As with its first-gen, the M2 remains unique in its small performance car niche. There are plenty of small, high-performance machines now – the horde of VW Group performance machines, the remaining hot hatches, and the like. More direct competition is in the form of the Audi RS 3 Sedan, and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

From those all-wheel drive mega machines, arguably the RS 3 comes closest to embodying its parent brand’s DNA and niche appeal. However the M2’s rear-drive, old school spirit is still unique, and arguably more valuable – if you’re in the market for an M2, you would probably look closely at a base Porsche Cayman or maybe even an Alpine A110. 

The M2 has gained plenty in the transition to its second-generation: more power, more similarity to its bigger brothers, but also a wider spectrum of ability, and it’s preserved much of what made the first-gen M2 such a success.

2023 BMW M2 auto / manual

Drivetrain typePetrol engine
Engine2,993cc, inline 6, twin-turbocharged
Power460hp at 6250rpm
Torque550Nm at 2650-5870rpm
Gearbox8-speed automatic / 6-speed manual
0-100km/h4.1 seconds / 4.3 seconds
Top Speed250km/h / 285km/h optional
Fuel Efficiency9.7L/100km / 10.1L/100km
AgentEurokars Auto
Performance Motors Limited
PriceS$380,000 without COE / TBC

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's former chief editor was previously the editor for Top Gear Singapore and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment.

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