2020 BMW M2 Competition

Rating7.1

Ranked #3 in Subcompact Coupe

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Starting MSRP 

$58,900

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Key Spec of 2020 BMW M2 Competition
fuel economy

18/21/25

fuel type

Premium Unleaded (required)

horsepower

405 hp @ 5230 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

The I-6 engine is now bigger on power

Ride quality is too firm

No noticeable changes

Practicality is also plentiful

Go-kart like handling and steering

2020 BMW M2 Competition Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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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.


Over All Rating

7.1

Out of 10

6.50
6.50
7.00
5.20
8.50
7.50
7.50
9.90
Notable Rankings

#3 in Subcompact Coupe

#17 in Coupe


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Trims

Base$58,900 onwards


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2021 BMW M2
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $6800022 Jun 2022

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

$67,500
Est. $916/mo
Fair Deal
$883 Below market
RMV: $68,383
Vienna, VA
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2021 BMW M2
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2021 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

$69,950
Est. $949/mo
Fair Deal
$902 Below market
RMV: $70,852
Sacramento, CA
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2021 BMW M2
22
Price Drop, $400
Previous Price: $6897717 Jun 2022

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 7A)

$68,577
Est. $931/mo
Fair Deal
$856.5 Below market
RMV: $69,433.5
Naperville, IL
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2020 BMW M2
11
Price Rise, $4000
Previous Price: $11090024 Jun 2022

2020 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

$114,900
Est. $1,559/mo
Fair Deal
$1,214 Below market
RMV: $116,114
Springfield, IL
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2020 BMW M2
16
Price Drop, $700
Previous Price: $5899811 May 2022

2020 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 7A)

$58,298
Est. $791/mo
Fair Deal
$567 Below market
RMV: $58,865
Orlando, FL
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2020 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

$65,860
Est. $894/mo
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$571 Below market
RMV: $66,431
Vienna, VA
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2020 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 7A)

$62,900
Est. $853/mo
Fair Deal
$376 Below market
RMV: $63,276
Grapevine, TX
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2021 BMW M2
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Price Rise, $3
Previous Price: $6999503 Jun 2022

2021 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 7A)

$69,998
Est. $950/mo
Fair Deal
$311 Below market
RMV: $70,309
Eugene, OR
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2020 BMW M2 Competition

2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 7A)

$69,845
Est. $948/mo
Fair Deal
$285 Below market
RMV: $70,130
North Hollywood, CA
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Colors and Styles

2020 BMW M2 Competition in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Interior
8.5/10

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.

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:

  • 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.

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
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.

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
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
Competition
9.9/10

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.

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.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$58900

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
displacement

182 cu in

horse power

405 hp @ 5230 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual

dimensions
length

176.2 in

wheelbase

106 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3600 lbs

Height

55.5 in

Ground Clearance

4.8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

89.7 cu ft

cargo volume

13.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

4 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

342.50 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.


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