Rating BMW M2: The Conservative Bavarians
The newly released 2023 BMW M2 has arrived on the US scene, and IND Distribution is rapidly assessing how potent this small-sized M version operates on a dynamometer. As is expected with M machines, the M2 delivers more than what BMW suggests.
IND has made history as the initial lone company to employ the baby M on a dyno, gaining the capability to calculate the car’s corner weights whilst doing so. The testing yielded results which included 978 pounds for the left front wheel, 983 lbs for the right front wheel, 897 for the left behind wheel and a reliable 900 lbs for the back-right wheel altogether totaling 3,758 lbs. This car comes appareled with a carbon fibre roof plus stock seating and between three fourths of a fuel tank, the M2 registered slightly under BMW’s specified 3,814 lbs figure for the manual variant and 3,867 for the automatic variant.
But let’s move onto the dyno! A dynamometer is a device used to measure the power and torque of an engine. It is often referred to by shortening “dyno” and is frequently used to assess how engines respond to modifications, such as alterations in the exhaust system or tuning. It can also be employed to estimate horsepower losses due to engine failure or driving through deep water.
Performance Euroworks put the venerable M2 on its DynoJet 424 and recorded peak readings of 464.59 horsepower at 6,910 rpm along with a torque output of 412.85 lb-ft at 3,050 rpm. When an estimated 15% power loss is taken into account, these instrumented figures translate to approximations of 547 hp and 486 lb-ft at the crankshaft. Originally, BMW purportedly specifies that the S58 3.0-liter twin turbocharged straight-six should produce 453 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 406 lb-ft of torque starting from 2,650 rpm. In reality, however, it appears that the results are much greater – easily eclipsing the manufacturer’s numbers by a noticeable margin.
It is noteworthy that IND Distribution has a manual variant of the non-Competition G82 M4 within its list of car models, and this vehicle has impressive power and torque figures which are quite close: 464.92 hp at 6,780 rpm and 408.55 lb-ft at 4,530 rpm.
The awe-inspiring adaptability of this motor is remarkable, and supplies power to everything from SUVs like the X3M and diminutive sports cars such as the M2. But most astonishingly, IND professes that they still haven’t gotten its potential unleashed yet.
We would really enjoy measuring the abilities of an M2 boasting an automatic on the same dynometer, to witness the variances within its torque chart. Nonetheless, the data accumulated from this manual derivative reveals the bona fides of the M2 as a great platform for modification. Consequently, there could be prospects for diverse flavors of BMW later, correct? As of yet, BMW has indicated to have no proposals for a Competition model of the G87, potentially because it is already so close to the standard version of the M4 when it comes to performance.
Perhaps BMW will exclusively release the revamped M4 as a Competition model, similar to what they did with the up-to-date X5 M and X6 M. That would leave some space for the M2 to expand into a Competition adaptation boasting at least 470 horsepower. In the eventuality that the M2 Comp arrives, it is unmistakably predecided that it will be substantially more muscular than BMW states.
If BMW fails to show the global population what the M2 is actually able of, rest assured that IND Distribution, G-Power, and Manhart will surely stretch its boundaries.