BMW M2 Competition To Become The New Standard

It is no secret that BMW is working on a couple variations of the popular M2. However, we’ve just heard that one of these models, the M2 CS, branded as the M2 Competition, will actually replace the entry-level model.

BMW Blog reports that the M2 as we know it will be retired in June 2018 to make way for the M2 Competition. Beyond spelling the end of BMW’s most affordable M model, this decision will also mean the 2-Series will no longer be available with the high-strung version of the 3.0-liter turbo N55 six-cylinder.

To give its souped-up 2-Series more performance, BMW will fit the S55 engine from the M3 and M4 into the new M2 Competition. Importantly, this powertrain will be slightly detuned to around 400 hp and 500 Nm of torque but thanks to the more compact size of the M2, acceleration, and handling could be on par with the M4.

The BMW M2 Competition isn’t the only new model set to adopt the M2 nameplate. In 2019, a hardcore, track-focused M2 GTS is expected to launch, powered by a 450 hp S55 engine and potentially limited to just 999 units worldwide.

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  • LWOAP

    I take it the CSL isn’t happening?

  • Dennis James

    The twin-turbo S55 from the M3/M4 should have been used in the M2 from the beginning. The N55 is not an M-worthy engine.

    • chris pinkston

      Sounds way better than s55 though. N55 sounds great!

    • SteersUright

      They all sorta sound like crap since they turbo’d their inline 6’s. Great sound at low revs and on startup, but with any throttle, the engine sound is muffled, drones, and sounds like a powerful vacuum cleaner.

  • Six_Tymes

    canted driver seat SUCKS. And the car in person isn’t that good looking. bmw blew it with this car. they keep trying with different variations, it still isnt all that.

    • Vassilis

      I agree about the looks. It’s a great car but it’s too much. Older M models were elegantly butch. The M2 not so much.

      • SteersUright

        I dont know about “great car”, and I generally tend to agree with your comments so I’ll hold off on final judgment until I get to drive one of these. But at the $75k this M2 CS will cost, wouldnt you rather have so many other sports cars that are perhaps, even greater cars at this exorbitant price? I can certainly think of a few I’d prefer.

        • Vassilis

          Good point. By the way, when I said great car I was talking about the normal M2.

    • SteersUright

      Yer got damn right on the money with that comment.

  • smartacus

    “the new standard”
    you mean the new standard for recalls.
    There; fixed it for ya

    • SteersUright

      Got my vote! lol.

  • SteersUright

    Standard of what exactly? Overpriced, over engineered, unreliable, prone to heat soak on track, BMW? Well then sure, I’ll agree with you. These engines plain suck. The e92 V8 was an amazing sonorous delight of an engine. In fact every independent throttle-body engine prior to these new Turbo inline 6’s had vastly more charm. If you’re gonna do turbo, take a page from Porsche and manage to somehow retain the excellent sound. BMW’s na inline-6’s used to sound fabulous, were less complex and less prone to as many reliability issues as well. I buy sports cars by the sound of their engines, weird I know. I can’t help but think that engine sound is very important to other sports car enthusiasts as well.