A host of technical details about the new BMW M2 have leaked ahead of its global unveiling and shortly after images of the car leaked online.
Details uncovered by a member of the Bimmer Post forum reveal that the new M2 will come standard with BMW’s S58T engine. This 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine was first used by the current BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition before later being used by the new-generation M3 and M4 Competition.
The ‘T’ in the name S58T refers to it as the ‘top’ variant of this engine, hence why it is currently only offered in the X3 M, X4 M, M3, and M4 Competition models where it pumps out 503 hp. The presence of the ‘T’ in the engine code of the new M2 could indicate that the sports car will be sold in Competition guise from the outset and that no ‘entry-level’ model will be offered.
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The Bimmer Post report goes on to indicate that the S58T will deliver 453 hp when slotted into the new M2. That is just 20 hp less than the base M3 and M4 models and would give it more grunt than the previous-generation M2 CS that was capped at 444 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque.
Interestingly, the document uncovered by Bimmer Post fails to mention what transmission will come standard with the second-generation M2, but previous reports have indicated that both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic will be available and they will send power through the rear wheels.
Recent teasers released by BMW of the new car provide us with a good idea of what it will look like and as expected, it will be much more aggressive and bold than lesser 2-Series models. It will also be available with a number of M Performance Parts, including a large fixed rear wing and a stacked central quad exhaust system.
Stay tuned to CarScoops over the coming weeks as we get closer to the car’s October 11 debut.