The BMW M2 Competition was taken to the Nurburgring once again, only this time it was for a timed lap by AutoSport.
According to their own statement, they managed to go around the famous German track in just 7 minutes and 52.36 seconds, or about 2 seconds slower than BMW M’s own time, achieved with test driver Jorg Weidinger behind the wheel of the sports coupe.
The 7:52.36 time puts the M2 Competition at the same level as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and one step above other older models like the Porsche 911 (996) GT3, Nissan Skyline GT-R and Ferrari F430, to name a few. Also, the car is only a few tenths of a second slower than the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The entire lap was recorded and can be viewed at the video that follows. It shows the high-performance model struggling to keep all four wheels on the tarmac in between the apexes, and will probably make you cringe from time to time.
BMW’s M2 Competition often reached speeds in excess of 250 km/h (155 mph), aided by the 410 PS (405 hp / 301 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque produced by the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine.
Shared with the BMW M3 and M4, the mill delivers the output to the rear axle through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former is standard, whereas the latter will cost you an extra buck.
Speaking of prices, the BMW M2 Competition has an MSRP of £49,285 ($64,937/€56,397) in the United Kingdom, €61,900 ($71,266) in Germany and $58,900 (€51,153) in the U.S.