With a long and successful sales history of ‘M’ versions of their vehicles, the ultimate extension is the M Competition models.
The M2 comes in two models, the entry level M2 Competition Pure priced from $99,900 and the M2 Competition priced from $104,900.
M2 styling is something that continually seems to reveal itself the more you look at it. Definitely more stunning in the flesh, the lines and subtle muscularity is certain to appeal to many buyers.
Proudly displaying a longer bonnet with strong definition, deep side scallops and a stylish rear end the M2 is anything but dull or shy.
Differentiating the BMW M2 Competition are features such as:
- A newly-designed front skirt that is optimised for air flow and cooling
- The classic BMW kidney grilles are painted in high-gloss Shadow Line black
- As are the ‘side gills’ seen on the front wings
- Black quad exhaust outlets follow the colour precedent set with the M3 and M4 Competition
- Along with the darkened ‘M Competition’ badge work
- Newly designed light alloy wheel with 245/35/ZR 19 front and 265/35/ZR 19 rears Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres
Specific exterior mirrors are in a ‘double arm’ design, which add a distinctive yet aerodynamically-functional trim highlight to the exterior, a BMW M hallmark.
Colour options include Hockenheim Silver, exclusively available for the BMW M2 Competition, as well as Sunset Orange metallic amongst a range of others.
Given that I spent my time driving around a race track, there wasn’t much time to luxuriate in the interior.
The immediate impression was that a 190cm tall man that is larger than the average bear could sit in comfort, with a helmet on and have adequate room.
There were M2 highlights everywhere, which I liked. The ‘Dakota’ leather seats are trimmed in blue and black stitching highlights, the headrests for the front seats are moulded with the seat and the front seats are superbly comfortable, with adjustable lumbar support.
I didn’t even look in the back, so that will have to wait until I have a longer test drive in January.
Typical BMW configuration, means clean, functional and with excellent user interface. The new dashboard displays the M2 Competition logo when the red start/stop button is depressed.
The thick steering wheel feels just right and I particularly like the top centred coloured marker, which provides a visual aid when cornering etc.
In addition to the increased mechanical specification, the new BMW M2 Competition has been enhanced in terms of standard equipment:
- Adaptive LED headlights are fitted as standard
- Front and rear Park Distance Control
- The latest version of BMW’s ConnectedDrive system
- Navigation System Professional and iDrive6 infotainment system with 8.8″ colour touchscreen
- Audio requirements are accommodated by a 12-speaker harman/kardon system with surround mode. DAB+ digital radio capability and Bluetooth/USB audio interfaces are also included
Drive and Engine
M2 Competition is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six as seen in the M3 and M4. This super smooth engine produces 302kW/550Nm.
This is enough to propel the M2 Competition from 0-100kmh in 4.2 seconds driven through the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
If buyers are of a mind to there is a no cost optional six speed manual transmission available.
M DCT’s shifting characteristics can also be altered via pre-configured drive programmes, with COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ options for both automatic and manual shifting.
Throttle blipping on downshifts is automatically achieved. Tailored driving tunes are selectable from the cockpit.
My driving was limited to laps around Eastern Creek and some tome on the skid pan. So my comments are related to that type of driving, not everyday use.
However there was no fussiness exhibited when cruising.
The steering provided direct response, throttle response is linear and immediate, the revised geometry improves the handling dynamics (I am reliably informed) and the overall feel is that you are in direct control of the vehicle.
I guess the real test was that the M2 made even a novice track driver like me seem good.
However it should be noted that we had both Cody Crocker and Steve Richards leading us around the track, and while I was driving at maximum capacity, they were casually plodding along, giving helpful hints on braking, turn in and more on the radios, without as much as raising a sweat.
Obviously the BMW M2 Competition comes with all the usual standard safety features of the M2 Driving Assistant is also standard and features:
- Collision Warning
- Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function
- Lane Departure Warning
- Speed Limit Info is also featured on the standard equipment list
- Style and design
Not so Good Bits:
- Not owning one
- Drive modes can take little getting used to
- Need A/C seats
It’s both easy and hard to provide a summary for the M2 Competition Coupe. The vehicle is packed with technology to enhance the sports driving experience.
It is powered by a silky smooth twin turbo six cylinder engine, the like BMW is famous for. It has great performance, ride and handling and looks stunning.
The problem is that these words don’t really capture the spirit of the M2 Competition. In reality it is more than facts and figures on a page or in an article.
The vehicle has character and soul. It comes to life with the driver, delivering a level of fun that is awesome.
It also has few real world competitors.
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Facts and Figures: 2018 BMW M2 Competition
- Engine: 3.0L twin turbo petrol producing 302kW/550Nm
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch M Drive
- Safety: TBA
- Warranty: 3 Years / Unlimited km Roadside Assist
- Origin: Germany
- Price: from $99,900