BMW

BMW M2 COUPE M2 Competition 2dr DCT

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2220 g/km

BMW's M2 is descended from a distinguished line of small, high performance two-door saloons. A stylish alternative to the market's highest-performing hot-hatches, the M2 aims to be both a luxury coupe on the road and an accomplished racer on track. Especially in this 410hp 'Competition'-spec form.

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BMW harks back to historic heroes with the M2 Competition. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

BMW's M2 is descended from a distinguished line of small, high performance two-door saloons. A stylish alternative to the market's highest-performing hot-hatches, the M2 aims to be both a luxury coupe on the road and an accomplished racer on track. Especially in this 410hp 'Competition'-spec form.

Background

The performance model that most stands out in BMW's history is the M3. In its original mid-1980s form, this car was fun, ferociously quick and relatively understated, while proving to be highly competitive on track. Over the years though, as this model line grew larger, safer, more refined and more expensive, it began to lose some of the character that made those early cars so special. When, in 2010, BMW's entry level model, the 1-series coupe, was given a light sprinkling of M enhancements, the company seemed to be on the verge of launching a worthy 'back to basics' successor to earlier M3s. That 1 series M Coupe was well received and this car, the M2, launched in 2015, was its direct successor, now offered here only in uprated 410hp 'Competition' form. In many ways, it's what an M3 really should be. Will it take its place in BMW's heritage?

Driving Experience

Putting a turbocharged 3.0-litre six cylinder engine into a small rear wheel drive coupe will always grab a driver's attention. The engine is basically the same as that used in the lesser 340hp M240i model but the 410bhp 'Competition' state of tune here is bespoke to the M2 and delivers monumental performance, charging to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds in manual form (0.4s faster than the M240i). That challenges the Porsche 911. There's a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed M DCT paddleshift auto that gets to 62mph 0.2s quicker. 'M,' essentially, stands for 'Motorsport', so the M2 has to be capable of performing on track and to enable that, some ruthless weight shedding has had to take place. Many steel components, particularly in the steering assembly and chassis, have been replaced with aluminium parts in an attempt to make the M2 much more responsive. Boy racers will be delighted to hear that there is even a 'Smokey Burnout' function when some gratuitous show-boating is required. M Sport brakes, an M Sport exhaust system and M specific suspension with the brand's Active M differential all come included with 'Competition' spec. If you want to go even faster, there's a rare limited edition M2 CS variant available with 450hp.

Design and Build

'M' could just as easily stand for 'Muscle' as the clean lines of the 2-series are here bulked up and pumped out to give the M2 the look of an athlete. The front end carries the low gaping front bumper and splitter assembly that immediately sets this model apart as an M car, while at the back four exhaust pipes give the game away if the distinctive M badges aren't enough. The M2 has a far more aggressive style than its predecessor the 1-series M Coupe, which reinforces how much more seriously BMW's M division have taken this project. You get the sense that this is a thoroughly well thought out car, thanks to the attention to detail that has been paid to the little things. Engineers have spent time making sure the M2 sounds like a high performance model, incorporating an electronically controlled exhaust flap that acts like the reed in a carefully tuned musical instrument to deliver the distinctive BMW engine note. Inside, there is even a knee-pad on the side of the centre console to keep you comfortable during quick changes of direction and 'M' logos litter the leather interior, should you need reminding that this is no ordinary 2-series. For something even more exclusive, try the M2 CS, which is distinguished by a carbonfibre roof and bonnet, plus further carbon elements for the rear spoiler, the mirror caps, the rear diffuser and the front splitter.

Market and Model

The BMW M2 costs around £52,500 in the only version that's now on offer, the M2 Competition. That's for a manual: you'll pay another £2,000 more for the M Double Clutch auto version most customers choose. Which seems a lot when you consider that the M240i is just 0.4s slower to 62mph, has basically the same engine and costs around £11,000 less. Still, you could also argue that you're getting the same performance here as you would from a £83,000 Porsche 911 Carrera: it's all a question of perspective. You'd certainly need M2 money to get yourself a decently specified version of a uber-hot hatch like, say, the Mercedes-AMG A45. The M2 Competition comes with BMW's signature Xenon headlights as standard. Sat Nav is included along with BMW's 'Professional Media Package' which is, in essence, an enhanced infotainment system with the kinds of apps and travel related services you might find on your smart-phone. One app that stands out, is the M Laptimer, letting you benchmark your performance on track. These details remind you that this competent road car is also a pocket racer.

Cost of Ownership

BMW have found innovative engineering solutions to deliver outstanding performance while keeping a check on the fuel economy and emissions. By using four specially designed exhaust pipes to help the exhaust gas escape more easily and by clever positioning of the turbochargers inside the exhaust system, the engine is able to run more smoothly and efficiently. The manual version of the car returns 28.2mpg and emits 226g/km CO2 (about the same as an M240i), while the M DCT automatic is more frugal, returning 28.8mpg and emitting just 220g/km. All figures are WLTP-rated. BMW offers a 12-year bodywork warranty, a three-year paint warranty and two years for parts and accessories, so new car buyers will have reasonable peace of mind. Servicing, as with any premium brand, will be expensive at main dealerships and approved body-shops, but BMW's reputation for quality means mechanical failures should be very rare. If the Munich maker has got its mix right, and it looks like it has, the M2 has the potential to remain a desirable car for a very long time, so residuals should be strong. The previous model, the 1-series M kept its value well.

Summary

BMW may make a little bit of history with the M2. A well built, rear-wheel drive four-seat coupe with a powerful, efficient engine and lightweight engineering makes a compelling case, even at well over £50,000. It features just enough luxury to merit the premium price, but is focused completely on its role and an ultra-involving performance car. It looks aggressive, is breathtakingly quick and handles like it belongs on a circuit. With online connectivity, a 'Smokey Burnout' feature and a specially tuned engine sound, driving the M2 will never be less than entertaining. While BMW are targeting a generation who may not remember the original M3, the ingredients that made that car such a hit back in the 80's are the same ingredients that should make the M2 sell well today. Whether or not it will ever be considered a classic only time will tell.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Black optic display instrument cluster with M specific display red needles and M2 competition welcome screen

  • M specific braking system drilled compound structure discs with internal ventilation
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Active M differential - electronically controlled multi-disc clutch, optimal traction, optimised power transfer even when DSC off and M dynamic mode
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Rear brake discs
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake drying

  • Anthracite Velour floor mats

  • M sport suspension
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport + modes

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • M Servotronic power steering
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Cruise control with braking function
  • Speed limiting function

  • Auto start-stop
  • M drive manager with three steering modes and three drive modes
  • M specific Start/stop button finishes in red

  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • BMW Online services
  • Traffic message channel (TMC)
  • Door/boot open warning
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Professional multimedia navigation system
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Electrically adjustable and heated M specific exterior mirrors
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • Carbon fibre interior trim with black high gloss finish

  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • Oil dipstick
  • Battery age recognition function
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase
  • High precision direct injection
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • Double VANOS

  • Online entertainment
  • DAB Digital radio

  • M rear spoiler
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Air intake in gloss black
  • Body colour front bumper
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Rear window aerial
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Model designation
  • Twin dark chrome exhaust tailpipes with bevelled design
  • M2 competition model designation on boot
  • Door sill finishers with M2 competition designation
  • High gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • M aerodynamic body styling with airblades in Cerium grey
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • High gloss black kidney grille with M double rod vertical slats and M2 badging
  • High gloss black M side strakes with M2 designation
  • M2 specific aerodynamic body styling with unique kidney grille, front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts

  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED welcome home lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Headlight range control

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning

  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
  • Three spoke design M leather steering wheel with three colour M stitching and M1/M2 programmable buttons
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Leather gearknob
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Front door storage bins
  • Full black panel display
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • Conditioned based service
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel

  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series
  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series

  • M Seatbelts
  • Twin horns
  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger

  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats
  • Front M Sport seats
  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control including integrated key with blue insert
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • BMW mobility system

  • CO2 (g/km): 209
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 312
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 209
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 312
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 326
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 209
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 220

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89.6
  • CC: 2979
  • Engine Code: S55B30T0

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 13.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 13.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 14.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.8
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 24.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 36.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 20.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 20.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 19.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 28.8

  • Coin Series: M2 Competition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 410
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 47E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 56.1
  • Engine Power - BHP: 410
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.2
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 302
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 406
  • Engine Torque - NM: 550
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2350

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: M Y-SPOKE STYLE 788M
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 1990
  • Height: 1410
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4461
  • Width: 1871
  • Wheelbase: 2693

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1575
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2010
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 435
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • Upgraded competition braking system: £1,350

  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming: Included
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0

  • Reversing assist camera: £0

  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0
  • Speed limit info: £200

  • BMW professional radio with Single CD player + two way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system: Included
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Electric glass sunroof: £895
  • Solid paint: £0

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £790

  • Heating steering wheel: £160
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat: £175

  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £390
  • M Driver Pack - M2: £2,095
  • Plus pack - M2 Competition: £1,485
  • Comfort pack - M2 without electric folding mirror: £1,800

  • Metallic - Long beach blue: £0
  • Metallic - Hockenheim silver: £0
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat: Included
  • M specific seats for driver and passenger - backrest width adjustment, illuminated M logo, lumbar adjustment: Included
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: £0

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Dakota leather - Black with blue highlight and perforated design: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with orange highlight and perforated design: £0

  • 19" M Double spoke alloy wheels - style 437M with mixed tyres in Black: £0
  • 19" M Y spoke alloy wheels style 788M with mixed tyres in dark finish: £215
  • 19" M Y-spoke alloy wheels style 788M with mixed tyres: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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