The new BMW M2 debuts in October, apparently on the 11th. A member of the Bimmer post The forum did some research and found an internal document showing that the S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six produces 453 horsepower (338 kilowatts) in this application.
If this document is correct, it would mean that the version of the S58 in the M2 is somewhat less powerful than the application in the X3 M and X4 M. This variant of the mill has 473 hp (353 kW). Although the listing doesn’t show the torque figure for the M2, the performance crossovers’ powertrain has 457 pound-feet (620 Newton-meters).
The internal listing does not list the M2’s gearbox, but lists the drive as “Heck”, which is the German word for rear or tail. This would mean that the model is rear-wheel drive.
A previously leaked technical document showed that an all-wheel-drive M2 was also on the way. The system would have five driving modes. Torque split prioritizes sending power to the rear wheels until more traction is needed.
Judging by the camouflaged prototype (above), the M2 has more intakes in the lower fairing and horizontal slats in the upper grille. The ride height is lower than a regular 2 Series and the fender flares are more pronounced. Quad tailpipes are located under the rear bumper.
If the regular M2 isn’t exciting enough for you, there’s a rumor that BMW is developing a hotter version that might carry the CS or CSL moniker. This would push the engine output to 473 hp (353 kW). Only an eight-speed automatic transmission turning the rear wheels would be available. Along with the extra horsepower, there would be tweaks to the suspension and brakes. We do not yet have details on the launch date of this model.
BMW M division boss Frank van Meel confirms that the new M2 is near the end of the lineup for the team’s pure-combustion offerings. However, the upcoming limited-run CSL 3.0 appears to be the real finale. We already know that the next-gen M5 adopts a plug-in hybrid powertrain.