New BMW M2 Competition Reviewed: It Isn’t (All) About That M3 Engine

The BMW M2 Competition is one genuinely attractive sports car in the sense that it has all the right ingredients along with a refreshingly compact footprint.

The fact that the baby M comes with one of the most seductive stances on the market, thanks to its perfectly flared fenders, is really a bonus.

In theory, the headline of the M2 Competition remains the adoption of the S55 engine, the same one you’ll find in the outgoing M3 and M4 models. The compact two-door coupe has ditched the N55 for the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six powertrain that’s tuned here to produce 404hp and 405lb-ft of torque.

The 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 4.4 seconds while the top speed can be optionally raised to 174mph (280km/h). There’s no doubt that the M2 Competition is a faster car compared to a normal M2 but is it more rewarding to drive?

Of course BMW didn’t just drop in the new engine and called it a day; the M division installed additional cooling, an upgraded M differential, a revised steering column, new suspension, bigger brakes, a new exhaust, that fancy carbon boomerang front brace, stiffer joints on the rear axle and the list goes on.

While that engine might be the attention grabber BMW wanted it to be, the real magic of the M2 Competition lies in the chassis, as explained by Henry Catchpole in the latest Carfection review.


  • SteersUright

    Awesome car. If you’re on the fence, find one to rent on Turo or something. I expected very little and was totally blown away. Easily the most fun BMW M car today, and even more fun than my last base 911 and former 2014 Cayman S, which to me, we’re my absolute benchmarks until then. I will say, the naturally aspirated flat6 in the Porsches has tons more character, though in the new turbo Porsches its largely been lost too, so evens out the playing field. My dream (used) car still will always be a late model GT3.

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