2020 BMW M2 Competition

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$58,900
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2020 BMW M2 Competition Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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For a car that has only been around for as little as five years, the 2020 BMW M2 Competition has been able to generate quite a following. The M2 is the Black Panther of performance cars. It’s sharp, agile and packs a punch powerful enough to shock all of its rivals.

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Pros

The I-6 engine is now bigger on power

Practicality is also plentiful

Go-kart like handling and steering

Cons

Ride quality is too firm

What's New?

No noticeable changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$58900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

405 hp @ 5230 rpm

torque

406 lbs.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.7/15.7

dimensions

wheelbase

106 in.

length

63 in.

width

73 in.

height

55.5 in.

curb weight

3600 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5290 lbs.

payload capacity

2140 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/25/20 mpg

highway range

342.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 BMW M2 Competition Exterior video
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Styles

2020 BMW M2 Competition in Alpine White color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Hockenheim Silver Metallic color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Long Beach Blue Metallic color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Alpine White color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Hockenheim Silver Metallic color 2020 BMW M2 Competition in Long Beach Blue Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.2

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW M2 Competition Base

Base

power
405 hp @ 5230 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$58,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $58,900 MSRP (18/20/25) 405 hp @ 5230 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (required)
6-Speed Manual rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $58,900 MSRP (18/20/25) 405 hp @ 5230 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Dual Clutch rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


The M2 is the ultimate M car from BMW, although it's not as powerful as some of the other M's in the line-up. It would be unjust to simply call it amazing, the 2020 BMW M2 Competition has all the right ingredients to make it swoon-worthy. With a rear-wheel-drive setup, this coupe is a totally hoonigan to drive around. 

With strong competition in the segment, the M2 has comfortably gained popularity. It is what enthusiasts wanted, something close to the 1 series M of the past. 

2020 BMW M2 Competition Angular Front View
2020 BMW M2 Competition Angular Rear View

6.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.2/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

7.5/10
Exterior

 

7.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 BMW M2 Competition Features

6.5/10

The Competition is the only trim of the high-performance, rear-wheel-drive BMW M2 coupe. It gets a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

The M2 Competition is a very well-equipped car. An array of features are offered as standard on this coupe. On the other hand, the list of optional add-ons is rather short. The optional features are bundled into an Executive Package and an M Driver’s Package.

Trim

Competition

MSRP RWD

$58,900

Key Features

LED headlights

 

Keyless ignition and entry

 

Auto-dimming mirrors

 

Leather upholstery

 

Carbon-fiber interior trim

 

Power-adjustable M-sport front seats with heating

 

8.8-inch central display

 

12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

The former package adds a heated steering wheel, adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams, speed limit info, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The latter simply increases this M2’s speed limit from 155 mph to 174 mph, and in order to prepare you to handle that little extra speed, the Driver’s package also allows for a day at BMW’s high-performance driving school. 

Which trim do we recommend?

The list of options available for purchase on the 2020 BMW M2 Competition is not long. The only options include choosing between a manual and automatic transmission, and what package to add on to this Beamer. Ideally, this Beamer is best suited with the six-speed manual and the M Driver’s Package.

2020 BMW M2 Competition Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The BMW M2 Competition sends the power of 405 horses and 406 lb.-ft. of pulling force to its rear wheels with the help of a 6-speed manual transmission which is standard. There’s also a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available as an option. That option is going to cost you about $3,000.

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition produces 405 horses and 406 lb.-ft

All that power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine. It is the same S55 twin-turbo engine from the M4. The outcome being a significant bump of about 40 hp and 37 lb.-ft.of torque over the old 3.0-liter N55 engine.

BMW decided to put a big engine in this small car. As a result, this Beamer is a much better performer than most electronically intensified cars of today. The many upgrades from the M family reward the driver with a smooth driving experience, but not so much on all roads. 

Models

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

MSRP

$58,900

$58,500

$64,900

$55,000

Engine

3.0-liter I-6 premium

3.0-liter V6 premium

5.0-liter V8 premium

3.0-liter V6 premium

Transmission

6-speed manual w/OD

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

405 hp @ 5,230 rpm

385 hp @ 6,100 rpm

472 hp @ 7,100 rpm

400 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 2,350 rpm

384 hp @ 2,500 rpm

395 hp @ 4,800 rpm

350 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm

How fast is the BMW M2 Competition?

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition is meant to create chaos on the dragstrip. With all the power being sent to the rear wheels, this car was meant to be a menace down the straights. Peak torque is available from as low as 2,350 rpm and power evenly expands throughout the rev range. Hence, pushing this 3,600 pounds coupe past the 60 miles per hour mark in just 4 seconds.

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition does 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4 seconds

Model

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

0-60 MPH*

4.0

4.6

3.9

5.4

Quarter Mile*

12.5

12.6

12.7

13.9

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

5.0L

3.0L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

8.8

8.0

9.3

8.0

*figures based on data from 2019

How quickly can it stop?

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition is equipped with 15.7-inch cross-drilled brakes at the front and somewhat smaller 15-inch brakes at the back. At the front, the brakes are fixed with six-piston front calipers, while the rear brakes get four-piston calipers.

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition Brake Rotors

However, any information regarding the 2020 BMW M2 Competition’s braking capabilities hasn’t been made official yet. Though the brakes should prove to be plenty effective in bringing this Bimmer to a halt in a hurry.

Model

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

Brake front

(in.)

15.7

14.2

15.0

14.0

Brake Rear

(in.)

15.0

12.6

13.6

13.8

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3600

3979

3902

3882

60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

104

108

110

Is it nimble and agile?

There’s no denying that the 2020 BMW M2 Competition is a track-focused car. So the suspension setup is on the firmer side. That along with the nicely-weighted steering wheel and finely-tuned chassis make this Beamer way too eager to take on curves.

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition Rear Third Quarter View

On the flip side, this Bimmer does not get adaptive dampers. Pair that with an already firm suspension and that results in a harsher ride over roads that are not meant for racing. So occupants must brace themselves.

Overall, this Bimmer is a great balance of power and performance but suffers a bit when it comes to comfort. If only BMW could equip this ride with adaptive dampers, the M2 would come out as an even better car for all-around drivability.

2020 BMW M2 Competition Fuel Economy

5.2/10

The power figures on the M engine are impressive but fuel efficiency, not so much. The inline 6 is not as efficient as the underpowered M240i or the inline 4 engine on the standard coupe. Driving in efficient mode on highways might return a good 25 miles on a gallon which is respectable considering the performance of the M2 Competiton.

Model

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

MPG (city)

18

19

16

20

MPG (highway)

25

27

24

27

MPG (combined)

20

22

19

22

The Infiniti Q60 Redsport has the best fuel efficiency among this lineup. The Merc stands at the second place with just marginally better numbers than the BMW. The Lexus returns the lowest efficiency numbers out of the lot.

2020 BMW M2 Competition Interior

It's a common assumption that 'sports cars' trades off practicality for performance, However, that's not the case with the M2 Competition. The amount of headroom for passengers in the front and legroom in the back is very decent for a coupe.

2020 BMW M2 Competition's "almost" bucket seats

The BMW M-sport seats are firm and very well bolstered. They somewhat make up for the M2 Competition’s otherwise firm ride. If only BMW decided to add suspension dampers, this would easily be one of the best cars for all-around drivability.

Other interior convenience features include a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, an 8.8-inch touchscreen with BMW’s latest iDrive version and a 12-speaker audio system from Harman Kardon. In totality, this Bimmer feels quite upscale on the inside.

Model

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.8/54.8/42.0

37.8/50.7/45.4

37.4/54.6/43.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

36.5/53.4/33.0

35.6/51.7/32.0

35.0/46.1/27.3

34.5/52.0/32.4

Does it come loaded with tech?

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition will keep you entertained with its 8.8-inch center screen that features the following tech:

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition Infotainment System
  • USB audio connection
  • Hands-free Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay
  • iDrive
  • Dynamic cruise control
  • BMW Connected App compatibility
  • Advanced real-time traffic information
  • BMW TeleServices

Is the boot big enough?

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition is big on performance and big on usability. So big in fact that it offers 13.8 cubic feet of space in the trunk. It may not seem like a lot but put it up against its competitors and this Competition comes up on the top of the lineup.

2020 BMW M2 offers 13.8 cubic feet of space in the trunk

However, the trunk is split into two with one cargo space in the front and the other at the back. So anything too big will probably have to be cut in half.

Model

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

13.8

10.5

10.1

8.7

What about creature comforts?

The BMW M2 Competition makes up for its not-so-comfortable driving demeanor by offering the following assistant features:

  • 12 speaker Harman Kardon Premium sound system
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Advanced vehicle & key memory
  • Keyless entry
  • An adjustable front center armrest
  • Park distance control
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlight control
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Power front windows
  • Ambient lighting
  • Universal garage door opener
  • 3-stage heated front seats
2020 BMW M2 Competition interior
2020 BMW M2 Competition interior
2020 BMW M2 Competition interior
2020 BMW M2 Competition interior
2020 BMW M2 Competition interior

2020 BMW M2 Competition Exterior

7.5/10

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition carries forward the same design from the previous year with no changes whatsoever. It sports big bulging fenders, quad exhausts, other add-ons from the M family and chunky 19-inch wheels. Overall, this Bimmer is a very aggressive-looking machine.

2020 BMW M2 has a ground clearance of 4.6 in.

The charming design is very functional still. It helps the car stay planted during cornering. This Bimmer also benefits from its 3,600-pound body, which may not seem all that light, but makes it the lightest in this segment.

Model

M2 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Lexus RCF

Infiniti Q60 Redsport

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3600

3979

3902

3882

Length (in.)

176.2

184.8

185.2

184.4

Width (in.)

73.0

71.3

72.6

72.8

Height (in.)

55.5

55.3

54.7

54.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.6

3.6

5.1

4.9

Wheelbase (in.)

106.0

111.8

107.5

112.2

Track Width (in.) F/R

62.2/63.0

63.1/61.3

61.2/61.4

61.2/61.8

What are the exciting exterior features?

BMW’s flawless design theory makes the M2 Competition look more powerful than some cars from a segment above. These features are:

  • Y spoke alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Extended Shadowline exterior trim
  • M rear spoiler
  • M2 Competition badging
  • Kidney grille
  • Black chrome tailpipes
2020 BMW M2 Competition Front View
2020 BMW M2 Competition Rear View
2020 BMW M2 Competition Side View
2020 BMW M2 Competition Side View
2020 BMW M2 Competition Side View

2020 BMW M2 Competition Safety

7.5/10

As is the case with any performance oriented car, the 2020 BMW M2 Competition is also loaded with safety features which include:

  • Frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation
  • Lane departure warning
  • Speed limit info
  • Airbags
  • ABS
  • Daytime running lights
  • Traction control
  • Parking aid
  • Back-up camera
  • Stability control
  • Side impact beams
  • Tyre pressure monitor

2020 BMW M2 Competition Competition

BMW M2 Competition vs. Lexus RCF

The sportier M2 is somewhat roomier and practical than the RCF, despite its coupe-like design. It also gets rear-wheel drive as standard, so it offers much better acceleration. In totality, the M2 Competition burns with passion to perform and it is the go-to car for your run on the racetrack, but at the same time it is a lot more practical than the RCF.

BMW M2 Competition vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

There are cars out there that are more practical than the M2. Then there are cars that perform better than the M2 Competition. Still, there is no car that can do both. The Merc hardly has the potential to outperform the M2 Competition, but it simply can't. The M2 is a lot more practical than the C43 with second-row seats and a bigger trunk. It is even a better track-focused machine than the other.

2020 Lexus RCF
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

2020 BMW M2 Competition Final Verdict

It’s hard to have a car which is powerful, practical and at the same time does not cost a fortune, isn’t it? Well, the 2020 BMW M2 Competition is available for less than $60,000, makes over 400 hp, has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine and offers well over 13 cubic feet of cargo space. It sounds almost too good to be true, but it is. The M2 Competition is a rather simple car built to serve a purpose, and this Beamer does exactly that.

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