If it looks right, it is right
The new BMW M2 Competition is what happens when BMW takes all that it knows about the M3, M4 and M5 and repackages it into one.Advertisement - Page continues below
BMW launched the first M2 back in 2015. It was a natural successor to the 1 Series M Coupe and proved immediately popular with fans of BMW performance models and this latest version – the M2 Competition – is set to follow that trend. Here are our top five reasons why this latest addition to the BMW M family truly captures the imagination, starting with the engine. It’s the same high-revving, straight-six M TwinPower turbo from the M3 / M4, tuned to deliver 410hp and helps the M2 reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds* and on to a potential top speed of 173mph**.
*when fitted with the optional 7-speed DCT gearbox / **with optional M Driver’s Package
So, the M2 Competition not only drives like a real M car, it sounds like one too. The outlets for that noise are four black chrome tailpipes, the final part of a thoroughbred M Sport exhaust system, fitted as standard to the M2 Competition. That sound can be ‘tuned’ from inside the car, a consequence of this new M2’s touch-of-a-button, selectable driving modes.Advertisement - Page continues below
And then there are the wheels and brakes. Bespoke 19” M light alloy wheels (available in a choice of ‘silver’ or ‘dark’ finishes) are neatly tucked into Michelin’s outstanding Pilot Super Sport rubber; the standard fit brakes are four-pot caliper / 380mm at the front, two-piston 370mm at the rear. If you don’t feel that’s quite enough for your needs, the optional track brakes are huge: 400mm six-piston and 380mm four-piston discs, front and rear respectively.
It’s the same M story on the inside, too, and not just in terms of the aesthetic. Yes, the M leather steering wheel feels just right in the hands; the optional M Sport Seats look superb, with their illuminated logo detailing and the M specific instrument display features race-like, red dials. But it’s the way everything works that is so… well, M.
The new M2 Competition’s external mirrors are a great example of the way M-specific design detail is to be found all over this car. Sure enough, the elegant double-bridge design looks good, but there’s a bit more to it than that. They are also aerodynamically optimised. Typical M: stylish and effective, the ultimate combination.
The last word
Ultimately, a car like the BMW M2 Competition will be judged in just two ways: what it looks like, and how it goes.Advertisement - Page continues below