Somebody needs to give BMW's designers a wakeup call!
BMW sure has lost the plot when it comes to understanding what true automotive beauty entails. Sure, we'll be the first to admit that the new design language of modern BMWs is aggressive, groundbreaking, and, if nothing else, unique. But in the days of cars like the E52 Z8 and the E39 M5, true beauty was just as important as making a statement. Lately, BMW seems to be all about grabbing headlines with controversial styling. As offensive as the design of recent cars has become, the optional M Performance parts offered of late are even more egregious. In some cases, these upgrades do improve the overall look, but that can certainly not be said for the M Performance parts heading for the all-new 2023 BMW M2, codenamed G87.
The above image was captured by a Berlin car spotting account and shows the G87 M2 in full camouflage. Its M Performance upgrades are surely applied to more than just the rear, but we only have one image for the time being, and it shows some disappointing changes. For a start, the monstrous design of the G80 M3 and G82 M4 M Performance exhaust has been carried over here, which was challenging enough to look at on larger cars and looks absolutely ridiculous here. Then again, the G42 2 Series is styled with numerous angular lines and jutting edges, so perhaps the triangular layout will suit this car when the camo comes off. We wouldn't bet on it, however.
The other notable change we can see here is a large trunk-mounted rear wing that appears to have been inspired by the appendage fitted to the rear of the old F87 M2 CS Racing. Again, this seems like extreme overkill, but perhaps the overall look will seem more resolved once we see the complete package as a whole. BMW already revealed its M Performance upgrades for the regular 2 Series in September last year, but we'll have to wait a while to see these new additions as the 2023 M2 is only promised to break cover officially later this year. Expect the rollout of M Performance parts to follow closer to the car's on-sale date.