BMW has already introduced some electrified vehicles such as the XM.
Most other hyper-power premium automakers have embraced electrification for future high-performance models.
The times are a-changing. As we know, the internal petrol-burning engine is under threat and, for the most part, its time has come. But before it is relegated to the annals of history, BMW will serve it up hot one last time with the next M2.
We’ll call it a celebration of what made BMW great, in many ways. It is fitting that the last all-ICE car to come from BMW’s M division will be the M2. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the most faithful modern interpretation of the M cars we grew up loving in the 1980s and 1990s.
“The BMW M2 with in-line six-cylinder and rear-wheel drive will definitely be a puristic driving machine. We will see increasing electrification in other vehicles, of course in different forms, starting with the 48-volt electrical system and plug-in hybrids to fully electric drives. Seen in this way, the M2 will be the last M with a pure combustion engine drive and also without electrification scope such as a 48-volt on-board network, yes,” said BMW M division CEO Frankvan Meel as reported by Motor1.
The 2023 BMW M2 will also be offered with a manual transmission, another remnant of the automotive past. However before the M2 does arrive, the M3 Touring will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in only a few short weeks.