2023 BMW M2 Makes More Power Than BMW Claims

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The Bavarians are always conservative when rating their own cars, and the latest M2 is no different.

The all-new 2023 BMW M2 has just been launched for the US market, and aftermarket tuner IND Distribution is wasting no time seeing what the littlest M car is capable of on a dyno. As is common with M cars, the M2 produces more than BMW claims.

IND is the first independent company to put the baby M on the dyno and also took the opportunity to measure the car's corner weights, which turned out to be 978 pounds for the left front, 983 lbs for the right front, 897 for the left rear, and 900 on the dot for the right rear, adding up to a total of 3,758 lbs. This car is equipped with a carbon fiber roof and the standard seats, and with three-quarters of a tank of gas, the M2 came in slightly below BMW's claim of 3,814 lbs. This figure is for the six-speed manual variant, while the automatic weighs 3,867 lbs.

But enough of that - onto the dyno!

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The M2 was run at Performance Euroworks on its DynoJet 424, recording peak figures of 464.59 horsepower at 6,910 rpm and 412.85 lb-ft of torque at 3,050 rpm. And if you add an assumed loss of 15% to these figures, the G87 M2's crank figures would be 547 hp and 486 lb-ft. As standard, the M2's S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine claims to produce 453 hp at 6,250 rpm and 406 lb-ft from 2,650 rpm at the crank, so it's clearly more powerful than BMW says, and by a big margin.

Interestingly, IND Distribution also has a manual non-Competition G82 M4 in its fleet, and that car recorded almost identical horsepower figures with slightly less torque: 464.92 hp at 6,780 rpm and 408.55 lb-ft at 4,530 rpm.

The versatility of this engine is impressive, finding a home in products as diverse as SUVs like the X3 M and (relatively) small sports cars like the M2, but what's particularly remarkable is that IND says it hasn't even broken the engine in yet.

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We'd love to see what an M2 with an automatic would do on the same dyno, just to see the differences in the torque curve, but this manual version is already showing the M2 to be a great platform from which to build. So surely that means BMW will produce spicier variants, right? Well, BMW says it has no plans for a Competition version of the G87 (yet), likely because it's already so close to the base M4 in performance.

Perhaps BMW will make the facelifted M4 exclusively available as a Competition model, as it did with the refreshed X5 M and X6 M. That would leave room for the M2 to grow into a Competition variant that claims at least 470 hp. Whenever the M2 Comp inevitably arrives, you already know it will be much more powerful than BMW says.

And if BMW doesn't show the world what the M2 is truly capable of, you can be sure that the likes of IND Distribution, G-Power, and Manhart will certainly push the car's limits.

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