The 2023 BMW M2 will be the final non-electrifying M model

BMW M Iconic internal-combustion engines have a rich history, but strict emission rules mean it has already electrified its sights.

In an interview with a German publication BimarTodayBMW M CEO Frank Van Meel has confirmed that the upcoming M2 dual-door coupe will be the last M model without any electrification.

“We will see increasing electrification in other vehicles, of course in a variety of sizes, ranging from 48-volt electrical systems and plug-in hybrids to fully electric drives,” explained Mr. Van Mill while translating from German into English.

“From this perspective, the M2 would end up with a pure combustion engine drive and without the possibility of electrification like a 48-volt on-board network.”

We already know that the first of these high-performance electrified BMW M models is the upcoming XM Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) SUV, which will launch by the end of 2022.

First shown as the Concept XM in November 2021, production BMW XM will be powered by a “newly-developed” petrol V8 engine that will be mated to an electric motor with a claimed system output of 480kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

BMW further claims that it will have an electrical range of up to 80km for WLTP testing.

Other electric vehicles offered by BMW M include the all-electric i4 M50 four-door coupe, iX M60 SUV and i7 M70 large sedan. Although these are made as regular performances rather than high-performance offers.

There are rumors that the next generation BMW M5 will also get a hybridized powertrain.

The BMW M has now reached the halfway point of its 50th anniversary celebrations, and the M2 is expected to be a part of these plans.

Countless prototypes have been spied on, and most recently there was a leaked image showing the rear end of a two-door coupe without camouflage.

In standard camouflage, the M2 will have more power than the outgoing M2 Competition, producing 302kW and 550Nm from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder.

The regular M2, last seen here in 2018, has 272kW and 465Nm.

It will be offered with both manual and automatic transmissions. Mr Van Mail indicated that more than 50 per cent of US buyers and more than 20 per cent of European buyers would opt for a manual transmission.

The output of the new M2 Competition is rumored to have increased to 335kW or even 365kW, a six-speed manual is also expected to continue.

This level of energy in the new competition puts M3 and M4 larger than M2’s crosshairs. They both pump 353kW and 550Nm base, manual camouflage, competition models 375kW.

BMW M has already unveiled several new cars as part of its anniversary celebrations.

So far, it has released lightweight and more powerful BMW M4 CSL, and M3 and M4 50 Jahre special editions.

BMW has already confirmed plans to release the M3 Turing at the June 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in June.

Other new BMW M cars are expected to be released this year, the M3 CS sedan, and a manual-equipped M4 GT / H.

BMW Blog The department also said it was working on an ultra-exclusive M4 inspired by the 2015 CSL Hommage concept.

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