2019 BMW M2

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Detailed Review

Oh, so you're looking for a fun compact coupe to throw around the track and then drive back home at the end of the day, while stopping for a quick run to the supermarket and not need to fill the gas tank? Then you've come to the right place. The BMW M2 Competition is arguably the best M car you can buy. It possesses a detuned twin-turbocharged engine taken from the M4; it is short and compact, making the ride agile and dynamic for the track days.

The rear wheel drive coupe readily oversteers, but is always under control with the stability control intervening at the right moment. However, it could do with a set of softer suspensions for the daily driving. Starting at $58,900 the Beemer's price climbs steep with a myriad of tempting extras to choose from.

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Pros

Twin-turbo engine taken from the M4

Fine-tuned stability control

Compact size benefits agility

Optional dual-clutch transmission

Cons

No respite from stiff suspension

Not easy on your pocket

Lacks road feedback through the steering

What's New?

New powerful engine

Revised front fascia and exterior

Revamped exhaust system


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 lb.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106 in.

length

176.2 in.

width

73 in.

height

55.5 in.

curb weight

3600 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.6 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/25 mpg

highway range

342.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 BMW M2 in Alpine White color  2019 BMW M2 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW M2 in Hockenheim Silver Metallic color  2019 BMW M2 in Long Beach Blue Metallic color  2019 BMW M2 in Sunset Orange Metallic color
Alpine White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW M2 Competition

Competition

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

$58,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $58,900 MSRP (18 mpg/20/25 mpg) 405 hp @ 5230 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Long Beach Blue Metallic
  Hockenheim Silver Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Sunset Orange Metallic
  Alpine White

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 5, 2019

Comparing muscle cars from the US, the Camaro SS and Mustang GT are options you can consider which come with massive V8 engines. The Merc's answer to Beemer is the CLA 45 AMG, with a not so massive 2.0L inline-4. Lets see the comparison between the coupes and help you select the best one.

2019 BMW M2 Features

The M2 Competition slots between the M2 from the previous generation and the more performance focussed CS and GTS models. There are optional add-ons which you can equip such as a sunroof, an automatic gearbox, and driver assistance package.

Trim

Base

MSRP

$58,900

Key

Features

19" M Y-spoke style 788 M wheels with mixed tyres

 

Active M Differential

 

Dakota leather upholstery with unique Blue or Orange stitching and perforations

 

Exhaust tailpipes – twin, dual, Black Chrome with bevelled design

 

M rear spoiler

 

M-specific Sport suspension

We Recommend

Costing 60-Grand, the M2 Competition is definitely not a bargain, but the car you’d enjoy every bit of it. We recommend adding the M Drivers package to your coupe.

2019 BMW M2 Engine

The M2 Competition rockets down the straights, and the sweet inline-six barks through a new exhaust system, pulling strongly all the way to the redline. - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

It was back to the drawing board for BMW with the stricter emission norms rendering the N55 engine in the 2018 M2 unusable for the next production model. So the Beemer engineers picked up the S55 engine from it’s brother, the M4, and detuned it to 405 horsepower and knighted it the M2 Competition.

The bi-twin turbo inline-six engine produces massive 406 lb-ft and the torque curve does not fade till you hit the redline. For the enthusiast, the precise 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but you should definitely try out the 7-speed dual-clutch with three-mode Drivelogic, rev-matching and Launch control.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

MSRP

$58,900

$49,995

$53,100

$35,355

Engine

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6, 3.0 L

Gas V8, 6.2L

2.0L inline-4 turbo

Premium Unlead 5.0L V8

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch

6-speed Manual

Horsepower

405 hp @5230 rpm

455 hp @ 6000 rpm

375 hp @6000 rpm

460 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

455 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

350 lb.-ft. @ 2250 rpm

420 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

BMW is a German muscle car, pitching it against the American ponies gives us some great numbers to compare. The Camaro SS and Mustang GT Fastback have monumental horsepower, as expected, exceeding the Beemer by a margin of more than 50 horses. However, in terms of driving dynamics, it quickly fills the gap.

Acceleration

In the sprint to 60, the BMW M2 Competition is quicker than ever before, taking merely 4.2 seconds with the 6-speed manual. However, the 7-speed DCT is quicker, thanks to Launch Control, reaching 60 mph in 4 seconds flat.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

0-60 MPH

4.2 sec

3.9 sec*

4.1 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter mile

12.5 sec @ 113 mph

12.3 sec @ 118 mph*

NA

NA

Engine

3.0 Liter

6.2 Liter

2.0 Liters

5.0 Liters

Emission

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

8.4

TBD

TBD

TDB

The rivals, apart from the Mustang are faster than the Beemer. Surprisingly, the CLA 45 AMG, even with the tiny 2.0L engine it has, gets to 60 in 4.1 seconds. Chevrolet Camaro SS is the one to take the trophy, kudos to the massive 6.2L V8 under the hood.

Ride and Handling

Consider buying this car if don’t mind your internal organs being rattled around at every bump on the road. The stiff suspension is well suited for track days, but it could have been dialed down for the city roads. The limited-slip differential on the rear axle is electronically controls torque delivery to each of the wheels.

With a more rigid chassis and including components from the M3 and the M4, the BMW M2 Competition hugs the corners and the guns down the straights seamlessly climbing through the gears. However, the rear wheel drive beast is quick to wag its tail with the stability control less intrusive than before.

Braking

As massive as the power, the brakes on this coupe are ridiculously meaty. With massive 15.7 inch rotors up front and a six-piston caliper which bite down hard onto the speed and bring the coupe to a halt.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

13.6

13.8

13.9

Brake Rear (in.)

15

13.3

13

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3600

3685

3450

3705

70-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

149

150

NA

The rivals brakes seem almost puny in size compared to the Beemer. The 13.6 inch rotors on the Camaro are adequate for a sports coupe, despite feeling dwarfed amongst the competition.

2019 BMW M2 Fuel Economy

The inline-six cylinder engine is now quite fuel efficient to meet the emission norms, thus giving decent mileage compared to the gas guzzling V8s in the American ponies which deliver 15 miles to the gallon.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

MPG (city)

18

16

23

15

MPG (highway)

26

25

30

25

MPG (combined)

21

19

26

18

Comparatively the small 2.0L engine the the CLA 45 AMG gives you the best savings, so you don’t need to watch your fuel gauge as your cruise along the Autobahn.

2019 BMW M2 Interior

The seatbelts are embroidered with tricolor M stripes, and there’s a red engine-start button. There’s also a new steering wheel with two programmable buttons that can be set to toggle quickly among driving modes. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The new M-sport seats, embroidered with the M logo to remind you this is no ordinary Beemer you’re in, are chunky and hug your torso through high speed corners. However, be prepared for all the shocks from the road transferred through to your body. The materials throughout the cabin feel premium to the touch, as they should be in a $60,000 coupe.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

4

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

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.5/55/43.9

38.2/56/40.2

37.6/56.3/45.1

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

36.5/53.4/33

33.5/50.3/29.9

35.4/53.2/27.1

34.8/52.2/29

On the steering you’d find two bright red buttons M1 and M2 which can store your preferences for suspension setup, steering and pedal responsiveness. The steering is comfortable to hold, unlike the thick chunky steering wheels BMW has given the M3 and M4 CS models.

Infotainment System

The list of standard features is quite limited, rather shocking for a coupe at this price point. Features like WiFi hotspot, wireless charging and the heated steering wheel come as optional extras in the $1200 Executive package. It does not support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is on trial basis.

Interior Features

  • Multi-function leather steering
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • BMW Professional Navigation with Colour Touch Screen
  • Black optic display instrument cluster

Cargo Capacity

Despite being the shortest coupe in the competition, the M2 Competition offers the largest cargo bay at the back, even bigger than the M4. It could’ve had a perfect score in practicality if not for the absence of adaptive suspensions and adaptive cruise control.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.8

9.1

13.1

13.5

The Camaro has a dismally small luggage compartment, grocery shopping may not be a challenge but you wouldn’t want to go to IKEA with this one. The Mercedes AMG suffers a slight disadvantage due to its sloping roofline and it’s a similar story with the Mustang.

2019 BMW M2 Exterior

On the outside, new side mirrors, black kidney grilles and badges, and redesigned fascias distinguish the M2 Competition from the former M2. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

The M2 competition is brawnier than before and all the new bells and whistles are not just under the hood, the exterior has also been redesigned. The new front black kidney grille, more aggressive front intakes and the M-style side mirrors. The bite-sized coupe packs a punch, the short wheelbase aids maneuverability in the crowded streets or the parking lot of your favorite burger joint.

Models

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Ford Mustang GT

Curb weight (lbs.)

3600

3685

3450

3705

Length(in)

176.2

188.3

184.7

188.3

Width(in)

73

74.7

88.0

75.4

Height(in)

55.5

53.1

55.7

54.4

Ground clearance (in)

4.8

TBD

3.7

TBD

Wheelbase (in)

106

110.7

106.3

107.1

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/63

63.0/62.9

61.3/61.5

62.3/64.9

The M2 Competition is shorter and narrower than the rest, while the longer AMG accommodates 4-doors, the Beemer is a 2-door coupe. Equipping the 7-speed automatic transmission adds a few pounds to the curb weight, but the Mustang is heaviest of the lot.

Exterior Features

  • Unique front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts
  • LED Headlamps
  • Dual black chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Gloss black kidney grille
  • Rear spoiler
  • M-specific side mirrors

2019 BMW M2 Safety

Although untested by any third party for crash safety, the M2 Competition has been given a long list of safety and crash mitigation systems to keep you safe and secure in the cockpit. The standard features are listed below.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Park Distance Control Rear Parking Sensors
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation Forward...
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 BMW M2 Competition

BMW M2 Competition vs Chevrolet Camaro SS

The Camaro is an American beast with a muscular 6.2L V8 under the hood to compete with the 3.0L inline-6 in the German, at a lower price. However, when it comes to driving dynamics and premium interiors the M2 pulls ahead, as expected from a German sports coupe. Even on the practicality front the M2 Competition gives you more legroom at the back and a larger trunk behind that.

BMW M2 Competition vs Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

At first glance the M2 Competition is the obvious choice over the CLA 45 AMG with its tiny 2.0L four-banger compared to the Beemer’s 3.0L 6-cyl. You might expect the 4-door coupe to have decent legroom, but that’s not the case, this Mercedes does not even get the premium interiors the AMGs are known for. While the M2 Competition is arguably the best M car, the CLA 45 may not even deserve the AMG badge.

BMW M2 Competition vs Ford Mustang GT Fastback

The Mustang GT comes at a much lower price than the M2 Competition, and Ford has given it a massive V8 engine and 460 horsepower. However, that’s where the good news ends, the M2 Competition has better performance through the straights and around corners, superior interior quality, better cargo capacity, and much more massive brakes. If you want an affordable V8 to flaunt you should consider Mustang GT, but if you’re a serious enthusiast and are looking for not just the numbers, the BMW M2 Competition is perfect for you.

2019 BMW M2 Final Verdict

The BMW M2 Competition is one of the best M cars you can buy, with a powerful engine taken from the M4, great practicality, and agility that could rival the Porsches, if not for the lack of steering road feel. On the tech front the feature list is a bit short, which you could supplement with the Executive package. The M Driver’s package is a must have for the enthusiasts. However, you’d find the price of this already pricey coupe climb higher as you tick more and more options to your cart.