Is this the new BMW M2 2023?

BMW M is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing a barrage of new M-badged models. We’ve already got it all on the M4 CSL and we know what to expect from the very first M3 Touring. But the car that arguably has people most excited is the all-new BMW M2.

So far, BMW hasn’t revealed much about the 2 Series, but thanks to a leaked image, we at least know how the rear of it looks. Appearing on the serial leaker’s Instagram account, @wlikoblok, the single image is not confirmed beyond doubt to be authentic but appears to show a blue M2 registered in Germany.

You can pretty much make out the “M2” badge on the right side of the trunk, but even without that telltale there are plenty of other goodies that match what we’ve seen in the prototype test spy photos Authentic M2s.

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The M240i already features flared arches and an integrated trunk spoiler topped with a lip spoiler. But the track and the rear wheels of this car are noticeably wider, the bumper is reshaped and now has a more boxy shape in its lower part plus vertical vents (or possibly dummy vents). And instead of the M240i’s triangular/rectangular twin tailpipes, we can see a hint of quad tailpipes from a real M-car.

What this image doesn’t confirm is whether the M2 will receive an entirely different front-end treatment to other 2-Series cars, as has been said. We also can’t see the interior, but we do know that the M2 will get BMW’s latest dashboard and iDrive setup with a one-piece dash display featuring a digital gauge cluster with an infotainment screen at side-mounted touch screen. This technology already has updated versions of the regular Series 2.

BMW is playing its powertrain cards close to its chest, but the M2 is expected to get a detuned version of the M3’s 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six developing around 450bhp (456PS), and hooked up to a choice of manual gearbox. six-speed. and eight-speed automatic transmission. Hopefully that power will only be sent to the rear wheels, but we’ll have to wait until later in the year to find out.

What do you think of this alleged M2 image? Do you like what you see and think this is a genuine leak, or is BMW playing games with us to build our anticipation? Leave a comment and let us know.

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