Most Expensive BMW M2 Costs M3 Money At $76,550

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The M240i is shaping up to be a BMW performance bargain at that price.

The new BMW M2 is still the "baby" M car. It's the cheapest one BMW makes, short of its M-lite models like the M240i and M240i xDrive. We've known the car's $63,195 MSRP for some time, but now thanks to the recently-released online configurator, we know how much a fully-loaded one will cost you.

If you check every box on the M2, sans the upcoming M Performance parts, you'll end up with a 2023 M2 that costs $76,550. Add M Performance parts and the upcoming center-lock wheels, and we could see a six-figure M2 soon.

That said, a loaded M2 is just $3,750 more than a base model M3 with a manual. If we look downstream instead, a loaded M2 costs a whopping $18,350 more than a rear-drive M240i.

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For now, we'll leave the M240i out because it's got xDrive while the M2 doesn't.

A potential M2 Competition could offer AWD, making that a more fair comparison. Notably, to load up an M2, you'll have to ditch the manual transmission. Some safety features are not available with the manual and require the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

That little caveat makes the rear-drive M240i a tempting offering, especially when cross-shopping sports cars with an automatic transmission. Obviously, the M2 is likely the way to go if you prefer a manual. Regardless, it makes us wonder if the M2 is worth $18,350 more than a fully loaded (and arguably more handsome) M240i.

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BMW will have surely done its best to differentiate the M2 from its more pedestrian sibling, and it's not exactly fair to compare the M2 to a stripper-out M3 with a manual. At least as far as non-performance upgrades go, the M2 has a massive amount of standard kit compared to the cheaper M240i.

For example, you'll still have to pay $175 for lumbar support in the 240i. Illuminated M trim on the door cards is another inclusion for the M2, while it costs $200 on the M-lite car. As for the driving experience, we'll have to wait and see if the new M2 is worth the extra scratch.

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