The new 2025 BMW M2 — More power for the compact sports coupe

Base price set at $66,075;  
worldwide launch in August

(June 14, 2024) Already the archetype of driving pleasure for the purist, the new BMW M2 raises the bar for compact high-performance sports cars in the premium segment. The 2025 BMW M2 adds more power, greater visual impact, and innovative equipment and digital features. Front and center of this fresh round of updates is the 20 horsepower added to its output: the high-revving inline 6-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology now tops out at 473 horsepower. 

There are new design accents for the exterior and interior, a broadened exterior color range, and the introduction of BMW Operating System 8.5 to support the latest generation of BMW iDrive.

The 2025 BMW M2 takes the classic driver’s car concept of a straight-six engine, 6-speed manual gearbox, and rear-wheel-drive — a unique proposition among its rivals — to a new stage of evolution. In combination with its compact dimensions, chassis technology tuned perfectly for both everyday driving and track use, and a state-of-the-art operating system that allows personalization of a wide range of vehicle functions, this makes the new M2 ideally equipped to write the next chapter in the BMW M brand’s history of success in this segment.

The new BMW M2 will be built alongside the new BMW 2 Series Coupe at BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí in Mexico. It will be launched worldwide with a production phase-in from August 2024.

As well as the power itself, the inimitable way in which the 6-cylinder engine delivers that power also plays a key role in the performance experience offered by the new BMW M2. The upgraded version of the engine preserves the linear power delivery, sustained into the upper reaches of the rev range, that is such a hallmark feature of M models.

Its maximum torque is on tap across a wide rev band. With the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, peak torque remains 406 lb-ft between 2,650 and 6,130 rpm. When power is channelled via the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, a no-cost option, the figure rises to 443 lb-ft between 2,700 and 5,620 rpm. The engine produces its increased maximum output of 473 hp at 6,250 rpm, with revs topping out at 7,200 rpm.

To support the driver in getting the most out of the newfound power, advances have been made with the accelerator mapping and response in all the drive modes selectable via the M Setup menu. As a result, the new BMW M2 offers noticeably more rapid reactions to the driver’s requests for acceleration — both when specified with either the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission or the 6-speed manual gearbox.

Along with a pair of mono-scroll turbochargers, an indirect intercooler, and an electronically controlled wastegate, the M TwinPower Turbo technology of the straight-six engine includes High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing. The engine also has an array of details borrowed directly from motorsport design, the impact of which is most clearly evident in its lightning-fast response, appetite for revs, and consistent capability in track use.

These details include an extremely rigid crankcase with a sleeve-free, closed-deck construction, a forged crankshaft with lightweight design, cylinder bores with a wire-arc sprayed iron coating, and a 3D-printed core for the cylinder head.

The M-specific cooling system ensures the powertrain components maintain an optimal operating temperature even under heavy loads. The oil circuit is also designed to handle extremely dynamic driving situations. A map-controlled oil pump ensures reliable oil supply under extreme longitudinal and lateral acceleration.

The Drivelogic button integrated into the selector lever for the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission makes it possible to alter the shift characteristics, with a choice of three clearly distinguishable settings. Both the selector lever in the latest M design and the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel enable manual gear selection at any time.

Drivers craving a more direct interaction with the powertrain can specify the 6-speed manual gearbox. The manual features the Gear Shift Assistant, which uses rev-matching control to ensure slip-free operation when downshifting.

With the increased output, the manual M2 shaves 0.1 second off its 0 to 60 mph time, completing the trip in just 4.1 seconds. The M Steptronic transmission cuts that time to 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, or 177 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package. The dynamic power delivery is accompanied by a stirring chorus from the M-specific exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps.