Chris Harris Finds BMW M2 Competition More Exciting Than The M3

Chris Harris returns to our screens with a short review of the BMW M2 Competition and things get understandably sideways.

The BMW M2 was universally loved for its character as it managed to offer the excitement of a true M car paired with immediate responses thanks to its compact dimensions and agile chassis. The new M2 Competition promises to do the same, only now there’s a M4 engine sitting under the bonnet, complete with the fancy carbon boomerang strut.

The twin-turbo 3.0-liter S55 straight-six produces 404hp and 405lb-ft of torque, enough to send the M2 Competition to 62mph (100km/h) from rest in 4.4 seconds. Tick the right option and you’ll also be able to hit a top speed of 174mph (280km/h).

Transmission options include the standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; no matter which one you choose, the M2 Competition will still make you feel like a hooligan – but the DCT is the one that makes the car a little faster.

Other differences include additional cooling, a revised steering column, upgraded M differential, updated suspension, bigger brakes, a new exhaust and more. The front brace also helps in tightening things up there, while the rear axle now features stiffer joints in order to make the M2 Competition a more precise tool for the job.

As Harris notes on the video that follows, the M2 Competition’s biggest rival right now is a used F80 M3; despite the option of getting an M3 and have some money left for fuel, Harris reckons that he would still go for a new BMW M2 Competition. If this isn’t a praise, we don’t know what is.


  • Bash

    He’ve already said that long time on top gear! And frankly we all know that.

  • Axiom Ethos

    The M3 has grown into a pig for quite a while now. The M2 is what the modern M3 should be.

    • Six_Tymes

      agreed, but it should not have a canted drivers seat. next gen 2 wont have a canted drivers seat

      • Matt

        How come nobody complains about the ‘canted driver’s seat’ except for you?

        • Six_Tymes

          how do you think I found out about the canted seat? apparently you didn’t see or watch all the first complaints when the car came out a few years back. since then most vids have been taken down, including the one who first brought it to light and said ‘cutting costs in a performance car like the ultimate driving machine may not have been the best idea”. they may not be word for word quote, but it was Mr. Chris Harris himself who first bright the issue up, he soon after passed on buying one, and went and purchased a used 1M soon after he made that video. That was years ago when the M2 first arrived for testing. But i am farly certain its not just the M2’s that have a canted drivers seat, its all 2 series coupes.

          • Mill0048

            It’s just that you bring it up frequently. Like you take it personally. My take is a great car isn’t great unless there are some flaws. Some people call it character. I think it’s this love/hate that makes us conflicted and emotional about cars we love.

          • ksegg

            It bothers me too. But the way I see it, at its price point it’s not a deal breaker for me.

            It’s about setting realistic expectations.

            For me, my expectations for a new $180,000 new performance car is going to be a LOT different than a new performance car that costs $60-70K. Clearly, I’m going to have higher expectations for the 6 figure car.

            $60-70K for a brand new M on sale today is, IMO, a bargain, considering most “normie” cars average around $30-35K now.

            Cars are just more expensive now, and what we used to think as “affordable pricing” just doesn’t apply anymore given inflation and other factors.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Everybody needs a ‘thing.’ This is his. Let him have it!

      • SteersUright

        I hope the seat is even more canted and points straight to the side window.

        • Six_Tymes


      • Six Thousand Times

        Harris’ ass did not notice.

  • SteersUright

    Does anyone review cars better than Chris Harris? Not many, if any.
    Love the M2. Rented one expecting to just like it, not love it. Ended up being one of the most exciting cars I’ve driven in a long time. So much more playful than many cars I’ve driven, including my Cayman, and feels very much like a modern, German play on an American muscle car, albeit a more refined, better handling, and one you can see out of quite well. Only gripe? The road noise was so bad it was almost comical.

  • Mr. EP9

    Of course. The M2 picked up where the E46 left off, and quite frankly, both do a far better job at being the M3 than the F80 generation ever did. And I’m not saying that because Klaus Frohlich had a cow over it, even though he should blame himself for dropping the ball.

  • Kagan

    Hey Harris, you always slide and sometimes it could be efficient but most times not and I think you know that! It creates some spectacular in your videos but it is fooling people!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The only buyable BMW for those who like real driving. Still, the design is terrible, especially in the front. The rest is passable.

  • ksegg

    The M2 is what the M3 used to be.

    The M3/4 now are more like GT’s than anything else.

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