As a way to limit the M2 from taking the M4, BMW may make it manual only. That’s the word from Head of Product for BMW M Carsten Priest according to Auto Express:
BMW is being careful to ensure the M2 doesn’t step on the M4’s toes, too, hence the more aggressive character, while it’s clearly considering offering only a manual gearbox. “You don’t want to drag people down from an M3 or an M4. That wouldn’t be sensible,” Priest told us. “If you remember the 1 Series M Coupe there’s always a bit of overlap, but we offered the manual gearbox only – that was one of the main differences.
Brilliant we say. Make the M2 a pure drivers car that is a halo of sorts to the old-school enthusiasts. It’s creates a clear differentiation between the M2 and M4 helping to protect sales of the latter.
What about those who prefer a DCT or simply don’t know how to drive a manual? Restricting access to the M2 is a risky move because limits the market. But maximizing profits on the larger M makes sense.
What’s the likelihood of this being true? Time will tell of course but our sources have indicated the plan was for both a DCT or manual to broaden the appeal. Could projected M2 development costs and lower profit per vehicle really drive this decision? We’ll know very soon.