2023 BMW M2 Promises More of a Good Thing

The BMW M2 has earned a place among the M brand's biggest hits due to its excellence as a largely unfiltered driver's car.

The freshly revamped 2-series, particularly the brawnier-than-ever M240i model, has absorbed a lot of its driving pleasure

But what does this mean for the M2's future generation? We still don't know much about the car, but BMW asked us to take a test drive around the 2.6-mile Salzburgring racetrack in Austria to learn more.

The M2 prototype's engine had the same thrumming six-cylinder grumble as our long-term M3, and the controls in both cars have a similar pleasing action.

The manual—yes, a stick shift with automatic rev matching is confirmed—slots into its gates with a positive, albeit slightly rubbery, feel. The ZF automatic, on the other hand,

sprints through its ratios with a rapidity that we only criticize because it isn't as engaging. We couldn't push the M2s hard enough to evaluate

feedback levels or see how much sharper they turn into bends than before due to the weather, which the M engineers claimed was their goal. But, like the previous car,

the overall impression is of a clean, highly sensitive sports coupe that envelops you at speed. The M2 seems livelier and more ready to rotate under power than the larger M4,

which has stability that approaches that of a grand touring car. It hasn't lost its sense of humour.

However, this provided us with an opportunity to speak with the M engineers who were sheltering in the paddock. They were tight-lipped about some of the car's details ahead of its official unveiling later this year (it will be on sale next spring)