The new 2023 BMW M2 promises to smash circuits with 453 horsepower and rear-wheel drive (RWD). However, it’s not alone in terms of speed and performance. Here are five of the fastest and most bonkers new BMW M2 alternatives for under $55,000, like the BMW M240i xDrive and the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS.
- BMW M240i xDrive
- Toyota GR Supra 3.0
- Nissan Z Performance
- Volkswagen Golf R
- Chevrolet Camaro 2SS
Is the BMW M240i xDrive a good new BMW M2 alternative?
I know; another BMW 2 Series-based car as an alternative to the next generation of BMW M2? Well, the M240i xDrive might be numb compared to the sharp track credentials of the new BMW M2, but it’s fiendishly fast. In Car and Driver’s testing, the M240i with xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than BMW’s estimated 0-60 time for the 2023 M2. Moreover, with a starting price of $48,895, the 382-horsepower turbocharged M240i is arguably one of the best small sports coupe bargains.
How much does the Toyota GR Supra 3.0 cost?
If you want a taut, focused sports car, the Toyota GR Supra 3.0 starts at $52,985. Toyota’s latest GR Supra 3.0 packs the same turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine as the BMW M240i. However, the GR Supra offers true-to-form RWD and a manual transmission for 2023. That’s good news for fans of driver’s cars like BMW’s M2 coupe. Still, despite being nearly 500 lbs lighter, the GR Supra is traction limited compared to the BMW M240i xDrive; it made the sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.