The 2017 BMW M2, according to latest news reports, is expected to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $52,695 inclusive of the destination charge. Its release date is still a topic for discussion as BMW is yet to offer any conclusive reports, however, the 2017 winter is a probable date. It’ll be, by and large, a carryover model from the existing one and will only sport minor tweaks and refreshments.
For 2017, BMW has confirmed the new additions to its high-performance coupe to sport the “M” badging will include enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity, wireless charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot will now be available on the Executive package. As before, it will still come packed with a stonking amount of power for an exhilarating performance. Again, the new model is relatively affordable compared to the BMW M4, offers a tenacious handling around turns, and offers a muscular acceleration thanks to the six-cylinder 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine beneath its hood.
The twin-turbocharged engine is able to offer 365 horsepower and 343 lbs. ft. of torque and is paired to either the standard six-speed or the optional seven-speed M-DCT. For the UK, the only drive configuration is the RWD system. For the U.S however, both the RWD and an AWD are offered just like before.
For starters, the new BMW M2 came in as a replacement for the 1 Series M Coupe. It took 4.7 seconds to accelerate from 0-62 mph. The replacement now takes a blistering 0.2 seconds less and goes on to achieve a top speed of 155 – electronically limited – regardless of the transmission system used. Its curb weight is unchanged from the aforementioned 1 Series M Coupe that weighs 3,295 lbs. thanks in part to the aluminum metal used in its construction.
The new model sports an aggressive look projected by the fender flares on all its corners. In fact, this makes it stand out from the M235i model. Other changes on both the aft and front include a discreet trunk-mounted spoiler, a deep sculpted bumper, and air-diffuser-integrated quad exhaust tips. When it comes to the interior, the new BMW M2 2017 gets several additions and redesigns including but not limited to a driver-centric instrument cluster, sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and “M” badges sprinkling throughout the cabin.
One drawback that seems to stalk the M2 is perhaps the lack of on-road comfort, which might be one reason to consider the costly BMW M4. Within its price range, though, there are a couple of alternatives available including the Mercedes AMG CLA45, and the new Ford Shelby GT350.
2017 BMW M2 Release Date & Price
When we come to the price and release date, the new model is expected to go for sale sometime in the winter of 2017 with the base costing an unchanged price of around $52,695 – a similar price as that of the outgoing model.
2017 BMW M2 Exterior
The exterior profile is by and large similar to the M4. However, it significantly features more aggressive styling cues on both the front and at the rear in comparison to the M235i. The coupe also borrows heavily from the rest of the cars on the M lineup – M3, M4, and the M6. The redesigned bumper offers an aggressive look up front. Also, the honeycomb grille, massive air intakes, and sculpted aero add-ons are other features that make it look menacing. The result is a sporty-looking car that, although doesn’t make it look as sleek as the M4, still makes it exude a modern-day “Flying Brick.”
The nineteen-inch wheels feature a double-spoke wheel design. The lowered suspension enables it achieve a great aerodynamic quotient as it helps it stick closer to the ground. While the color palette, as we shall later see, isn’t that inspiring, it is a minor issue granted the all-roundedness offered by the M2. In terms of dimensions, the M2’s length is 176.2-inches, the width is 73-inches, and the height is 55.5 inches.
2017 BMW M2 Interior
Minimal changes are available on the interior. Lots of M-specific features are available, and it is now more driver-centric than before. M-badges are also sprinkled almost everywhere. More details will be offered on its release date, as the spy pictures available to us offer scanty revelations.
The 2017 BMW M2 is offered in a single well-equipped trim. The BMW M2 Convertible and C51 reviews are held separately.
Beneath the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.0L sic-cylinder engine able to generate 343 lbs. ft. of pounds and 365 horsepower.
Given its speed, it’s only natural that we should expect perfect government crash test reports. It’s too early to speculate though, but nothing short of a five out of five star rating is expected. Driver aids are also in plenty to assist the driver in certain cases.