Introducing the BMW M2 Competition
BMW M produce some of the world's most iconic and sought-after performance cars. When the M2 was launched, it added a totally new and unique flavour to their performance line-up, that somehow managed to capture all the magic of what BMW M has been in the past.
Taking its place as the entry-level M car, it soon became clear that the M2 was anything but entry-level. In true M car fashion the M2 featured striking M car looks, a hugely powerful engine and a driving experience which left journalists, enthusiasts and BMW customers in awe. Had BMW created one of the best M cars ever?
What's clear is that the combination of pure power, perfect rear-wheel drive dynamics and a chassis balance that was hard to match was always going to be lusted after by enthusiasts.
Design and Practicality
Presence is what M cars of the past offer in great quantities; the M2 is no different. A wider, more muscular stance, larger 19-inch wheels and quad exhaust tips ensure the M2 is certainly not subtle, and gives a clear indication of the car's capabilities. A small boot spoiler finishes off the rear of the car perfectly.
Other performance-oriented styling touches include the M exterior mirrors with the classic double-bridge design, and grey metallic brake callipers that bear the M motif.
In 2018 the M2 Competition replaced the original M2. An array of new colours could be specified, along with a new wheel design and front bumper that was finished off with black kidney grilles.
Technology and Safety
Premium leather with subtle blue stitching welcomes you when entering the original M2, complemented by the M car colours stitched into the steering wheel. Analogue dials in either orange, or clear in facelifted cars tie in with typical BWM instrument style, along with an iDrive controller on the centre console, which controls the superb infotainment system.
The Competition is similar but the car receives bespoke BMW M seats, similar to that of the M3 and M4, with orange or blue detailing.
Technology is cutting-edge with cars offering driver convenience items such as Bluetooth, colour screen, satellite navigation, BMW Connected Drive, voice activation and cruise control. You can also select a number of premium options too.
Engines and Performance
Upon launch, the original M2 came with the N55, a 3-litre, 6-cylinder turbo engine producing plenty of M car power with 365bhp.
The M2 Competition comes with the S55 engine, essentially a detuned M3/M4 engine which comprises of a 3-litre, 6-cylinder, twin-turbo engine producing an enhanced 404bhp.
A choice of either a 6-speed manual or a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission can be selected in any M2. The manual original M2 and manual M2 Competition complete the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5 and 4.4 seconds respectively. Automatic versions manage to shave an additional 0.2 seconds off their manual alternative's benchmark sprint time.
Standard specification on the Competition models includes but is not limited to:
- 404bhp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology
- 19” M light alloy wheels
- M specific suspension
- Active M differential
- M Brakes
In addition/replacement to Competition models:
- M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder petrol engine producing an upgraded 444bhp
- 19" M light alloy wheels 763 M in Gold or Black matt
- Adaptive M suspension
- M Brakes in metallic red
- M carbon gurney flap
- Carbon fibre roof
- M Alcantara multifunction steering wheel
- Carbon fibre bonnet
Test Drive the BMW M2 Competition
So is the BMW M2 one of the greatest M cars ever made? If motoring journalists and reviews are to go by, then the answer is most definitely yes. Its compact dimensions and grown-up power mean it is a joy to drive. It is a car for the keen driver, yet can still do the textbook BMW everyday things really well too. In reference to the original M2, Jeremy Clarkson once said 'this is the best M car BMW has ever made',
With the new Competition enhancements improving on an already excellent formula, you won't be disappointed. Book a test drive through your nearest Stratstone BMW retailer today.