BMW M2 Competition review


What is?

We’ve always liked the BMW M2, but now it’s even better. Because it’s even more M, thanks to a true M engine. The M2 Competition, which replaces the regular M2, got a version of the fearsome twin-turbo six from the M3 and M4.

Given that the M2’s rivals are mostly four-cylinder (Mercedes-AMG CLA45, Ford Focus RS, Porsche 718) or five-cylinder (Audi RS3), that’s a big plus.

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It’s not just the engine that’s so M. The chassis of the M2 has always been closely related to that of the M3/M4, which is why the bodywork of the 2 Series Coupe had to be widened. This is what gives the M2 its strong and rugged stance.

The M2 can be had with either a seven-speed semi-automatic DCT transmission or a six-speed manual. The existence of the manual shows the character of this car: a traditional no-frills driver’s car. Many cylinders, front engine, rear wheel drive, non-adaptive dampers.

This suspension has been further recalibrated from the M2 to the M2 Competition. It has slightly more flexible ESP and modified software for its most sophisticated chassis technology, an electronically controlled locking differential.

Also new to the competition is a carbon fiber V-bracing around the engine bay. He also makes a special guest appearance for M3/M4. By binding the front body more rigidly, it enhances steering precision and feel.

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The Competition’s engine, codenamed the S55, is twin-turbocharged, making it run like a pair of three from start to finish. As a result, the puffers can be small and light, so they spin quickly to reduce lag at low rpm, but because there are two of them, they can push out a lot of air at high rpm. The old M2 engine (which was a single turbo) went to 7,000 rpm and did so without a problem, but the new one went to 7,600 rpm. And it has 40 hp more at high revs. That’s a total of 404 hp.

A slight facelift occurred with the arrival of the competition badge. It’s not just for show. The grille kidneys are larger and the tooth-sucking new lower bumper has wider air intakes to send cooling zephyrs over the multi-radiator system, again borrowed from the M3/M4.

Inside, the Competition receives M signifiers: the purple-blue-red triple stripe appears on the seat belts, and the seats have an illuminated M badge. As if you had forgotten.

Our choice of the range.

M2 Competition 2 doors

What’s the verdict?

It really ticks a lot of boxes. You know you want one.

It’s a brilliant car, one of the best four-seat transmissions you can get your hands on. One of the best cars for drivers, period, for any price, at least until you sacrifice a lot of space to opt for a Lotus.

The accessible handling is more fun on real roads than the M3 or M4, and the engine is a joy too.

Still, it’s by no means a bad everyday car, with understated noise and harshness in moderation.

It really ticks a lot of boxes. You know you want one.

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