Less than two weeks after opening for registration of interest, the all-new 2023 BMW M2 is now officially launched here in Malaysia. The pocket rocket will be available in two guises here on our shores, starting at RM598,800 for the base BMW M2 model, and RM642,800 for the M2 equipped with a “Pro Package”. Both prices include the optional extended five-year warranty and free service programme.
The all-new 2023 BMW M2 is powered by the same S58 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine as you’d find in the M3 and M4, but detuned to make 460 hp and 550 Nm of torque. But in a smaller car like the M2, it’s still a heck of a lot of performance, letting you sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds, onward to a top speed of 250 km/h.
Even on a “base” BMW M2, that century sprint time is even faster than the outgoing M2 Competition. Although, that figure is only achieved with the eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission, which is also coincidentally the only transmission option being “officially” offered here in Malaysia. We’re pretty sure you’ll still be able to order one in Manual if you ask nicely (and pay up), though.
For customers who want even more speed, you’ll also be able to opt for an optional M Driver’s Package that raises the all-new BMW M2’s top speed to 285 km/h. The package can be retrofitted at any authorised dealership nationwide, says BMW Malaysia.
As for stopping power, the all-new 2023 BMW M2 employs a six-piston fixed-caliper brakes at the front, and single calipers at the back. The Adaptive M Suspension and M Drive Professional system are also the brains that control the dampers, M Traction Control, as well as the Active M Differential on the rear axle, based on the driving conditions and driving modes.
Standard equipment on the all-new 2023 BMW M2 include the Adaptive LED headlights upfront with High-beam Assistant, staggered double-spoke M light alloy wheels (Style 930 M Bicolour) measuring 19-inch in front and 20 at the back, and blacked out trims on the outside courtesy of the High-Gloss M Shadowline package as standard.
Opt for the aforementioned Pro Package, and you’ll get even more trims blackened out, including the lighting elements as well as the wheels, plus red-coloured brake calipers (as opposed to blue on the base M2), alongside a carbon fibre roof – which means it’s not merely an aesthetic upgrade.
Inside, the all-new 2023 BMW M2 comes equipped with BMW Curved Display, which combines the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display under a single curved pane of glass. The displays also run on the BMW iDrive 8.0 operating system, which allows for real-time information and over-the-air software updates thanks to its cellular connectivity built in.
Other highlights in the cabin include the Powered M Sport, M leather steering wheel, red M Mode buttons, head-up display, a three-zone climate control system, as well as a wireless charging tray. Opting for the Pro Package will see the Aluminium Rhombicle M interior trim swapped out for carbon fibre items, alongside the addition of the M-themed seat belts and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The all-new BMW M2 also comes equipped with the standard Driving Assist Package here in Malaysia, which includes features such as lane departure warning, lane change warning, cruise control with braking function (but not adaptive cruise control), autonomous emergency brake both front and rear, as well as the basic Parking Assistant package that consists of a reverse camera, plus Reversing Assistant and Lateral Parking Aid.
Customers can opt between five exterior colour options: Zandvoort Blue, Alpine White, Brooklyn Grey, Black Sapphire and Toronto Red. Inside, colour options include black Leather Vernasca either with blue contrast stitching or “exclusive highlight”, or a Cognac colourway with decor stitching.
Once again, the 2023 BMW M2 is priced at RM598,800 for the base model, and RM642,800 for the Pro Package-equipped M2. Online pre-booking is now open via BMW Malaysia’s online shopping platform, linked here.