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: June 16, 2020
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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

top speed

170 mph

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 w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106 in.

length

176.2 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.

payload capacity

720 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/25 mpg

ev range

246.6 mi.

highway range

342.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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
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


Powering the M2 Competition is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, same as the previous generation. Only now it uses the S55 twin-turbo engine from M4 instead of the N55. So the engine now makes 405 hp and 406 lb.-ft.of torque. All that power is sent only to the rear wheels with the help of a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

At a price tag of about $59,000, this Bimmer is simply the best in class offering considering its combined fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon and trunk that offers 13.8 cubic feet of space. The M2 Competition Coupe also gets second-row seats which make it a perfect blend of firepower and functionality. However, Mercedes AMG C43, Lexus RCF, and Infiniti Q60 ask some serious questions to this Bimmer. 

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

3.0L Premium Inline-6 

3.0L Premium V6

5.0L Premium V8

3.0L Premium V6

Drivetrain RWD AWD RWD RWD

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

Power

405hp@5,230rpm

385hp@6,100rpm

472hp@7,100rpm

400hp@6,400rpm

Torque

406lb-ft@2,350rpm

384lb-ft@2,500rpm

395lb-ft@4,800rpm

350lb-ft@1,600rpm

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 sec

4.6 sec

3.9 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

12.6 sec

12.7 sec

13.9 sec

Top Speed 174 MPH 155 MPH 168 MPH N/A

Engine

3.0L Premium Inline-6 

3.0L Premium V6

5.0L Premium V8

3.0L Premium V6

*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 is equipped with 15.7-inch cross-drilled brakes at the front

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 Rotors Front

15.7"

14.2"

15.0"

14.0"

Brake Rotors Rear

15.0"

12.6"

13.6"

13.8"

Curb Weight

3600 lbs

3979 lbs

3902 lbs

3882 lbs

60-0 MPH

106 ft

104 ft

108 ft

110 ft

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 is a good balance between a road-going and track-focused car

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

Good fuel efficiency is one of the prime reasons for manufactures opting for an inline motor. The engine on this M2 Competition is no different. With a combined economy of 20 miles per gallon, this Bimmer will not only excite you to tear up the race tracks but also encourage you to cruise down the highway stretches.

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

Fuel Capacity 13.7 gallons 17.4 gallons 17.4 gallons 20.0 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 247/343/274 miles 331/470/382 miles 278/418/330 miles 400/540/440 miles

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

8.8

8.0

9.3

8.0

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

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (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

Rear Row (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 will keep you entertained with its 8.8-inch center screen.
  • 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 Capacity

13.8 cu.ft.

10.5 cu.ft.

10.1 cu.ft.

8.7 cu.ft.

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 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

3600 lbs

3979 lbs

3902 lbs

3882 lbs

Length

176.2"

184.8"

185.2"

184.4"

Width

73.0"

71.3"

72.6"

72.8"

Height

55.5"

55.3"

54.7"

54.5"

Ground Clearance

4.6"

3.6"

5.1"

4.9"

Wheelbase

106.0"

111.8"

107.5"

112.2"

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 Front View
2020 BMW M2 Competition Rear 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 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 Lexus RCF
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43
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.