The price of entry into BMW’s M range has just dropped significantly. BMW has announced today that the new M2 will land Down Under for as little as $89,900.
This figure sees the first-ever M2 undercut its predecessor, the 1M, by over $10,000, and slash the cost of owning an M car by a furlong, being priced $50,000 less than the four-door M3.
At this price the car is offered only in ‘Pure’ specification, a sort of BMW no-frills package that sees it starved of certain luxuries and equipped, to purists’ delight, with a six-speed manual transmission.
BMW’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, the only type of automatic available, is unique to the full-specification M2 model that drops the ‘Pure’ tag.
BMW has placed $9K between the manual-only ‘Pure’ and automatic ‘M2’, which represents the largest price difference between a transmission option in BMW's model range.
Interestingly, though, the Pure is not available with an automatic transmission, whereas the ‘M2’ will be available with a manual transmission as a no-cost option.
What both models will be touting, no matter what price, is a pretty potent package defined by a 272kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbo six, capable of low-4sec runs to 100km/h, an active-locking M differential, 80mm wider guards, M brakes, and M tuned suspension. Credentials which will see it square off with Audi’s RS3 and Mercedes-AMG’s latest A45.
BMW says to expect the M2 here second quarter next year.