Building on the much-loved M2, the M2 Competition coupe went on sale for 2019 with enhanced power and chassis hardware for more sporting prowess. It may be the smallest, least expensive, and least powerful M car, but the M2 Competition successfully emphasizes fun and involvement more than outright speed.
What's the best M car? Newer machinery from BMW's legendary Motorsport division has become supercar quick, but the best M car might remain the smallest, least powerful one: the M2 Competition.
How could that be? On the road or racetrack, the M2 Competition is simply fun. There's plenty of power to get this little monster moving quickly and massive brakes to keep it in check. Handling is excellent, providing direct, precise responses that inspire confidence and a sense of control. It sounds awesome, too.
At our 2019 Best Driver's Car contest the M2 Competition finished third, beating out cars vastly more powerful, quicker, and more expensive. The M2 proves that huge numbers don't make a car great—the way the car is engineered matters more.
Just like the great BMWs of yore, the M2 Competition is powered by an inline-six engine. In this case it's a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter unit that produces 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, all sent to the rear wheels after a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. In MotorTrend testing, an M2 equipped with the dual-clutch box accelerated to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds flat. Fuel economy as rated by the EPA is 18/24 mpg city/highway with the manual or 16/23 mpg with the automatic.
Although the M2 hasn't been evaluated specifically, the standard 2 Series earned the top Good score in five 2020 IIHS crashworthiness tests. Perhaps owing to the car's driver-focused ethos, safety assist systems are limited; only automatic windshield wipers, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors are included.
The M2's trunk offers 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Front-row headroom measures 40.1 inches in the M2, which compares to 37.6 inches in the Ford Mustang GT. Front-row legroom is 41.5 inches in the M2, less than the Mustang's 45.1 inches. Second-row headroom is tight in the BMW at 36.5 inches, but it's even tighter in the Ford at 34.8 inches. It's the same story for second-row legroom: The M2 has 33.0 inches while the Mustang has 29.0.
Standard equipment includes an 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto), Bluetooth streaming, built-in navigation, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.
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