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BMW M2 2023: new-generation coupe could get xDrive AWD


BMW’s purest driving machine could be set to adopt an all-wheel-drive system according to a recently discovered document

The second-generation BMW M2 coupe may soon move away from its exclusively rear-driven roots and adopt an xDrive all-wheel-drive system as an option, according to a new report.

Information supposedly derived from BMW’s Technical Information System (TIS), was published to the Bimmerpost forum this week, sharing a document referring to an xDrive system for the upcoming ‘G87’ generation of the M2.

BMW M2 2023 prototype front 3/4 2
Documents have suggested that the second-generation M2 could get an xDrive AWD system

BMW’s TIS is primarily designed to allow mechanics and other parties access to crucial information to assist in car maintenance and repair.

Like the M3 and M5 performance sedans, the xDrive system supposedly fitted to the new M2 enables the ability to disconnect drive to the front wheels and become RWD only.

If BMW does incorporate an xDrive into the M2, it would become the last full-fat M model in the current line-up to adopt the all-paw driveline.

BMW M2 2023 prototype side
The official reveal will take place in October

The current-generation ‘G42’ 2 Series adopted the same Cluster Architecture platform that underpins the 3 Series and 4 Series and announced at launch that it would be adopting all-wheel drive in the M Performance-branded M240i xDrive.

As a result, it would not be surprising to see all-wheel-drive made available on the M2, though some fans have lamented this potential shift due to the belief that it dilutes the pure driving experience BMW is historically known for.

It’s possible that BMW could adopt xDrive on the M2 in the high-performance Competition grade, as it does with the M3, and retain rear-wheel-drive on the entry-level variant.

Leaked images of the second-generation M2 appeared earlier this year, showing off the rear-end design, and BMW has been spotted performance testing the M2 at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Previously leaked images of the M2 gave us a look at the rear end

M3 engine, manual transmission confirmed

BMW has already confirmed some performance aspects of the M2, most notably of which is that the second-generation model will use the M3’s ‘S58’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo-petrol straight-six engine that currently makes up to 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque in the sedan.

A choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic will be offered globally, as will rear-wheel-drive – though it remains to be seen what specification will come to Australia.

The M2 will also use the brakes from the M3 and M4, and adopt adaptive dampers that should make the hardened coupe easier to live with every day,

BMW says the new M2 will be officially unveiled in October before going on sale globally in April 2023, though the exact timing for the Australian market is uncertain.