the upcoming 2023 BMW M2 looks to be the final non-electrified BMW M car, with future performance models to go hybrid.
In an interview with German publication BimmertodayBMW M CEO Frank van Meel confirmed the new M2 would be the brand’s last car not to feature any kind of hybrid assistance, as it plans to implement 48-volt systems into more of its models.
“The BMW M2 will definitely be a purist driving machine with its straight-six and rear-wheel drive,” said van Meel. “We will see increasing electrification in other vehicles, of course in different forms, starting with the 48-volt electrical system and plug-in hybrids to fully-electric drives.
“From this point of view, the M2 will be the last M with a pure combustion engine drive, and also without electrification scope – such as a 48-volt on-board network, yes.”
UPDATE, June 2022: BMW M2 prototype review
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“Specify this new M2 with the no-extra-cost manual, and you have a fairly-priced instant classic with no waiting list. A no-brainer, really.”
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The S58 in-line six from BMW’s M3 and M4 is tipped to be the new M2’s powerplant
Previously, van Meel clarified the second-gen M2 will also be available with a manual gearbox.