2021 BMW M2 Competition

MSRP $58,900 - $61,800

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2021 BMW M2 Competition Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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The 2 Series is the smallest coupe offered by BMW since 2014. They took it up a notch with an M performance model and two years later the BMW M2 was launched. Yet BMW didn't settle with it. After a couple of years, they introduced the M2 Competition as the successor of the M2 with better performance and capabilities. The M2 takes its performance cues from its elder siblings, the M3 and M4. Yet the M2 gets a distinct riding behavior and dynamic handling that matches the level of high-end sports cars.

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Pros

Agile handling

BMW ConnectedDrive services

Engine Auto Stop-Start

Sport Tuned Suspension

Cons

Absence of AWD

Rear seat legroom

Range

What's New?

No major upgrades this year

New Leatherette option for interior accent


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$58900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

15.7/15 in.

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.

towing capacity

5290 lbs.

payload capacity

720 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$58,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW M2 Competition in Long Beach Blue Metallic color
Long Beach Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.2

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

Competition

9.9

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2021 BMW M2 Competition is available at a starting price of $58,900 with the standard manual transmission. The 7-Speed automatic will cost you an extra $2,900. The M2 also offers an M driver's package and a moonroof. It will compete with the Mercedes AMG C 43, Audi TT RS, and the Porsche 718 Cayman S.

2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe front view
2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe rear view

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.2/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety

9.9/10
Competition


2021 BMW M2 Competition Features

The BMW M2 Competition is offered in a single configuration option. It has a starting price of $58,900. The coupe includes a 405 hp inline 6 cylinder engine with either a 6-manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic in an RWD layout. The trim has an Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering in conjugation with the sports-tuned suspension for inspiring handling. Moreover, the Competition gets three variants in the rim section which include the M light-alloy wheels Y-spoke, M light-alloy wheels double-spoke, and the M light-alloy wheels Y-spoke forged with mixed tires.

Trims

M2 Competition Coupe

MSRP (6-Speed manual)

$58,900

MSRP (7-Speed automatic)

$61,800

Key Features

19-inch M forged wheels

 

Dakota leather upholstery

 

Carbon fiber trim

 

M specific design and mechanism

 

BMW ConnectedDrive services

 

Harman Kardon speakers

 

14-way power M sport seats

 

Quad tailpipes

 

Active M differential

One can be fascinated by the Leather Dakota Black with stitching Blue accent. If that is not enough, you are free to have trim finisher Pearl Chrome without any extra penny. Moreover, the Active M differential is quite interesting for their power distribution at the wheels. It gets the Quad tailpipes in the rear that makes the rear look sportier. The M2 Competition gets the BMW ConnectedDrive services and Harman Kardon speakers inside the cabin that are sort of blue chips. The trim can be adorned with different coloring exterior coatings as well which include the Long Beach Blue, Sunset Orange, and Alpine White.

Which trim should you buy?

The 2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe is available in a single trim option. In terms of features and options, the M2 is no less than any other BMW car. You have optional features such as the performance package with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and an executive package with convenience features. 

Some people will rather have a moonroof in the coupe than getting a convertible. To step up the design and dynamics, there's an M driver's package for you. With all of that, the price will reach $65,000, still, the M2 holds a great value. The interior is designed with premium leather, carbon fiber, and multiple interactive displays.

2021 BMW M2 Competition Engine and Performance

7.0/10

What powers the M2 Competition is a 3.0L inline 6 cylinder engine. It uses BMW's M TwinPower Turbo technology. You get a massive power output of 405 hp at 5,230 RPM and 406lb-ft torque at 2,350 RPM. The result is monstrous acceleration that pushes you back in your seat with a huge G-Force and lets you observe how it shoots on a straight path.

2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe driving view

As standard, the engine is mated to a 6-Speed manual transmission that gives you the thrill of BMW racing. You can opt for the 7-Speed automatic transmission if the stick doesn't suit you. The tuned-up RWD compact car sprints from 0-60 mph in flat 4.0 seconds. Further, it nails the quarter-mile run in 12.5 seconds to reach a top speed of 174 MPH.

Models

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

Mercedes AMG C 43

Audi TT RS

Porsche 718 Cayman S

MSRP

$58,900

$56,500

$72,500

$71,900

Engine

3.0L I-6 Regular 

3.0L V-6 Regular

2.5L I-5 Regular

2.5L Turbocharged H-4 Regular

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed manual w/od, 7-Speed automatic w/od

9-Speed automatic w/od

7-Speed automatic w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

Power

405hp @ 5,230 RPM

385hp @ 6,100 RPM

394hp @ 6,000RPM

350hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

406lb-ft @ 2,350

384lb-ft @2,500RPM

354lb-ft @ 2,000RPM

309lb-ft @ 1,900RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds

4.0

4.5

3.6

4.0

Quarter-mile (seconds)

12.5

13.4

11.9

12.3

Top Speed (MPH)

174

155

155

177

The M2 Competition is the only 400hp luxury performance car under $60,000. The rivals are a little low in terms of power output among which the Audi TT RS is the closest one. With its RWD manual transmission, the M2 matches the performance figures of the Porsche 718 Cayman sports cars, however, the Porsche is much lighter and has a higher power-weight ratio. Moreover, both the AMG C 43 and TT RS have an electronically limited speed of 155 MPH which may make them suffer when racing for a long stretch.

How well does the 2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe handle?

The M2 Competition is all tuned to deliver a sports car-like driving performance. With the active M differential that delivers torque equally to the rear wheels, the M2 had a dynamic balance. The Servotronic steering lightens up the ride with an amazing response. Moreover, you have a firm ride quality with the twin-tube gas shock absorbers. The lightweight subframe and aluminum adaptive M suspension provides both stiffness and stability to the ride and ensures a low center of gravity. The weight is managed by optimized aerodynamics.

2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe Braking Performance

The M2 is equipped with M sport four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Along with that, you have a dynamic brake control and a brake standby feature as well. At the front, you have massive 15.7-inch brake rotors. The rear wheels get smaller rotors of 15.0-inch. With that, the 3,600 pounds weighing coupe is able to stop from a speed of 60 MPH within a braking distance of 105 ft. This figure seems to do just fine but can further be reduced with a little weight reduction. 

Models

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

Mercedes AMG C 43

Audi TT RS

Porsche 718 Cayman S

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

15.7

14.2

14.6

13.0

Brake rotors: Rear (inches

15.0

12.6

12.2

11.8

Curb weight (lbs)

3,600

3,836

3,329

3,087

60-0 (Feet)

105

110

108

99

Only the AMG C 43 weighs more than the BMW M2 Competition, thus taking a higher braking journey to stop. The Porsche 718 is the most efficient one which stops under 100 feet of travel, thanks to its relatively lightweight and lower forward mass transfer. Further adding to that, Porsche has one of the smallest rotors among its rivals as well which is another testament to its braking supremacy. Thus, Porsche takes an upper hand over others.

2021 BMW M2 Competition Fuel Economy

5.2/10

Performance and economy don't go hand-in-hand. That's why BMW uses inline 6 cylinder engines as they boast both power and save fuel with their variable valve timing. When equipped with a manual transmission, the M2 Competition is quite generous as it delivers a great 18 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and a combined 20 MPG.

However, with automatic transmission, the fuel economy is slightly lower. You get 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway with a combined 19 MPG. This marginal difference seems big during the long haul. With its petty 13.7-gallon fuel tank you have a maximum highway range of 328.8 miles and a combined range of 274 miles.

Models

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

Mercedes AMG C 43

Audi TT RS

Porsche 718 Cayman S

MPG City

18

18

20

19

MPG Highway

24

27

30

24

MPG Combined

20

21

24

21

Fuel capacity 

13.7

17.4

14.5

16.9

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

246.6/328.8/ 274.0

313.2/469.8/ 365.4

290/435/438

321.1/405.6/354.9

The Audi TT RS has the best fuel management despite being an AWD performance coupe. It is followed by the AMG C 43 with its extraordinary fuel economy that pushes highway mileage to 27 MPG and delivers 469.8 miles of range The BMW M2 works hard to deliver a satisfactory economy yet gets beaten by the underpowered rivals. As far as a modification is concerned, the subjectivity might guide us towards a lower rev-band range in the BMW power distribution curve to shorten the gap.

2021 BMW M2 Competition Interior

8.5/10

To suit the M performance lineup, the M2 Competition gets a stunning cabin design. It might not be as good as the high-end M performance cars, yet you get a spacious cabin with a mix of sporty and luxury touches. The cabin is wrapped in Dakota leather upholstery with either black gloss trim or carbon fiber trim which compliments the Pearl Chrome trim finisher. You can choose from blue or orange stitching on it. The leather-packed steering wheel and center console are among the beginners in the setup. For a pleasant ride, BMW offers convenient features such as ambient interior lighting, automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, and residual heat circulation altogether. 

2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe cockpit area

Models

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

Mercedes AMG C 43

Audi TT RS

Porsche 718 Cayman S

Seating capacity

4

4

4

2

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom)

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.8/54.8/42.0

37.1/53.6/41.1

NA

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom)

36.5/53.4/33.0

35.6/47.8/32.0

33.8/47.9/28.9

NA

Trunk capacity (Cubic feet)

13.8

8.8

12.0

9.7 

All of them can seat 4 passengers except for the Porsche 718 Cayman S which has a 2-seater capacity. In terms of seating comfort and space, there is no doubt that the M2 Competition offers plenty of room inside for all occupants. Both the front and rear row seating is better in terms of its headroom and legroom. When it comes to trunk capacity, M2 is the clear favorite followed by the Audi TT RS. Highlight Interior features of the 2021 BMW M2 Competition:

  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • 14-way power heated seats
  • Split fold rear bench seat
  • Dual-zone air-conditioning
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

What's there to keep you entertained?

Inside the M2 Competition, the latest BMW iDrive infotainment is offered with a floating 8.8-inch dynamic touchscreen display. The touch-sensitive display has an intuitive user interface and offers numerous options. The infotainment can be operated through an iDrive touchpad controller and even voice commands for certain functions. 

2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe infotainment

The entertainment is brought to by SiriusXM radio subscription for 1 year, an AM/FM radio, and audio streaming with Bluetooth and USB. As for device integration, you have the Apple CarPlay whereas Android auto ain't available with the 2 series. The cabin gets jammed with beats through the 12-speaker setup by Harman Kardon paired with a premium amplifier. The infotainment acts as a display for the satellite navigation system with real-time traffic information. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • iDrive infotainment system
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen display
  • iDrive touchpad controller
  • SiriusXM radio subscription
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth and USB audio
  • Harman Kardon speakers
  • Satellite navigation system

2021 BMW M2 Competition Exterior

7.5/10

The M2 Competition is a result of the extensive design of BMW and its aerodynamic approach. Starting with the front fascia, we have a high-gloss black twin-slat signature kidney grille with programmable LED headlamps with DRLs. The rear is decorated with an M spoiler and chrome tip quad exhausts which are functional at the same time. One has access to multiple color trims like the Long Beach Blue, Sunset Orange, and Alpine White. One also gets 19-inch forged bi-color Y spoke wheels and an M sport package for it. 

2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe 

Models

BMW M2 Competition Coupe

Mercedes AMG C 43

Audi TT RS

Porsche 718 Cayman S

Curb weight (lbs)

3,600

3,836

3,329

3,087

Length (inches)

176.2

184.8

165.0

172.4

Width (inches)

73.0

71.3

72.1

70.9

Height (inches)

55.5

55.3

52.9

51.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.6

3.6

4.2

4.3

Wheelbase (inches)

106.0

111.8

98.6

97.4

In terms of weight, the M2 Competition adds extra weight when equipped with an automatic transmission. On the whole, it is quite bigger and heavier than its rivals. Thus, dependence on driver assistance packages increases. The wheelbase could have been a bit smaller than would have further reinforced its stability around the corners. The coupes have an inherent lower center of gravity which makes for the BMW overall handling. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2021 BMW M2 Competition are as follows:

  • The high-gloss black twin-slat signature kidney grille
  • 19-inch forged bi-color Y spoke wheels
  • Quad exhausts with chrome tip
  • M sport exterior package

2021 BMW M2 Competition Safety

7.5/10

Being an M performance car, the M2 has shed a lot of weight with its aluminum and carbon fiber structure. Both materials add strength to the structure and keep it lightweight at the same time. According to the IIHS, the 2021 BMW M2 is a tough one as the 2 Series received Good ratings in most of the parameters. However, NHTSA hasn't rated the 2021 model yet.

To keep the compact performance coupe and its occupants safe on the road, BMW has equipped the M2 Competition with advanced safety features. The safety package starts with a front and rear head protection system, impact sensors, park distance control, and a rearview camera. The Active driving assistant adds forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Standout Safety features of the 2021 BMW M2 Competition:

  • Head Protection system
  • Impact sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rearview camera

2021 BMW M2 Competition Competition

9.9/10

BMW M2 Competition Vs Mercedes AMG C 43

The BMW M2 Competition has better performance than the AMG C 43 with an almost comparable fuel economy. Better ergonomics and spaciousness also give it an edge over the AMG. The M2 Competition is not a better coupe but a more practical one as well. It outclasses the AMG C43 in braking prowess. The pricing has been kept competitive. Hence, M2 Competition is a better option. 

Mercedes AMG C 43

BMW M2 Competition vs Audi TT RS

Both BMW and Audi are working towards making their lineup more appealing and powerful with new upgraded and better options. The Audi TT RS is one of the best sports cars you can have with a standard AWD system, impressive acceleration, and nimble handling. Yet the BMW M2 Competition gives it a tough rivalry with its close performance with better comfort and braking assurance.

Audi TT RS

BMW M2 Competition vs Porsche 718 Cayman S

Porsche cars deserve no comparison with the other cars in the market. With their totally different approach, Porsche is the world's most loved precision brand. The 718 Cayman S with its 55hp less power was able to go head-to-head with the M2 Competition. Moreover, it delivers a unique driving experience with sufficient comfort but puts a hole in your pocket.

Porsche 718 Cayman S

 

2021 BMW M2 Competition Final Verdict

The M2 is available at one of the cheapest prices one could get for an M performance car. BMW has bigger plans for the 2 Series in the future as well. There are no such drawbacks of the M2 Competition as it has everything from design, features, performance, capability, comfort, and of course, the luxury package that let BMW make a fortune. Therefore, it can be given preference over others in the first place. 

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