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2018 BMW M2 Competition vs. its rivals

Some staff at BMW obviously didn’t feel that the M2 was hardcore enough, because it has just been replaced by the M2 Competition.

BMW M2 Competition (2018) Front Side

Numerous enhancements include a new engine based on the straight-six unit that’s used in the current M3 and M4. While the 3.0 litre displacement is unchanged, output has risen by a substantial 39 bhp (30 kW / 40 PS).

BMW M2 Competition (2018) InteriorBMW M2 Competition (2018) Rear Side

To take advantage of the extra performance potential, the chassis, steering and brakes have all been modified as well. Visually, double-arm door mirrors and a redesigned front bumper assembly identify the latest model.

BMW M2 Competition (2018) SideBMW M2 Competition (2018) Dashboard

The upgrade to Competition specification has increased the car’s cost to just shy of £50k. Direct rivals at this price point with similar levels of ability and practicality are certainly scarce.

That said, anybody with such a budget to spend is probably going to consider the Porsche 718 Cayman S too (provided they can live without any rear seats). A bit of lateral thinking could also add Ford’s Mustang GT to their short list, even if the American contender is a significantly cheaper proposition.

As can be seen from the figures below, all three demonstrate comparable straight-line pace. Lap times around a twisty circuit might tell a very different story, though.

Manufacturer BMW Porsche Ford
Model M2 Competition 718 Cayman S Mustang GT Fastback
Engine 3.0 litre,
2.5 litre,
5.0 litre,
Transmission Six-speed manual
(seven-speed M DCT optional)
Six-speed manual
(seven-speed PDK optional)
Six-speed manual
(ten-speed automatic optional)
Power 404 bhp
(302 kW / 410 PS)
345 bhp
(257 kW / 350 PS)
443 bhp
(331 kW / 450 PS)
Torque 550 Nm
(405 lb/ft)
420 Nm
(310 lb/ft)
529 Nm
(390 lb/ft)
0-62 mph (100km/h) 4.4 secs /
4.2 secs*
4.6 secs /
4.4 secs*
4.6 secs /
4.3 secs*
Top speed 155 mph
(250 km/h)** /
174 mph
(280 km/h)^
177 mph
(285 km/h)
155 mph
(249 km/h)
Combined cycle 28.5 mpg
(9.9 l/100km) /
30.7 mpg
(9.2 l/100km)*
34.9 mpg
(8.1 l/100km) /
38.7 mpg
(7.3 l/100km)*
22.8 mpg
(12.4 l/100km) /
23.3 mpg
(12.1 l/100km)*
CO2 emissions 225 g/km /
209 g/km*
184 g/km /
167 g/km*
277 g/km /
270 g/km*
UK OTR price from £49,285 £51,853 £38,165
* With optional transmission.
** Electronically limited.
^ With optional M Driver’s Package.

Another potential competitor is the £52,480 Audi TT RS Coupé. However, stocks are now limited, so getting hold of one might be tricky.

Nevertheless, for the record, this TT features a five-cylinder 2.5 litre TFSI motor that’s mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system.

394 bhp (294 kW / 400 PS) plus 480 Nm (354 lb/ft) of peak torque translate into a 0-62 mph time of only 3.7 seconds and an electronically-limited 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed. Efficiency is fairly respectable, as evidenced by 34.4 mpg (8.2 l/100km) on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 187 g/km.

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