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2020 BMW M2 Competition Review: The Recipe That Always Tastes Good

by Gabe Beita Kiser

Despite the constant evolution of in-car technology, the recipe for a fun sports car hasn't changed in decades: take a small, lightweight package, drop an engine in the front and make it spin the rear wheels. Simple right? BMW is renowned for building fun rear-wheel-drive cars, one of the most iconic being the E30 M3, an 80s legend that offered terrific performance, all neatly packaged in a compact executive coupe body style. Fast forward about thirty years, and BMW has done it again with the M2 Competition Coupe, which slots in beneath the current M4 and discontinued M3. The 2020 M2 punches above its weight class thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, which it borrows from the M4 albeit in a detuned state and a chassis honed for fast road driving and general hoonery. This simple recipe works, time after time, and we're grateful that we live in a time where cars like these are still being made.

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2020 BMW M2 Competition Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 M2 Competition?

It's hard to believe that the M2 has been around for four years already, but the good thing is that BMW has continuously worked on their compact sports car, and the 2020 model is more accomplished than ever. The 2020 car sees little change from the previous year, where it scored the competition-spec title, which included the wild S55 twin-turbo inline-six engine from the M4, albeit in a detuned form, as well as a nasty sounding exhaust system. For 2020 BMW has added standard rain sensors, a black kidney grille, and darker taillights.

Pros and Cons

  • Massive power for its size
  • Engaging driving experience
  • It's practical enough to use on a daily basis
  • The badge on the trunk lid
  • Not a lot of options on offer
  • The suspension might be a tad stiff for some
  • It might get you arrested

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2020 BMW M2 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Competition Coupe
3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$58,900
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2020 M2 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 176.2 in
  • Wheelbase 106.0 in
  • Height 55.5 in
  • Max Width 73.0 in
  • Front Width 62.2 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,600.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Long Beach Blue Metallic +$550
  • Sunset Orange Metallic +$550
  • Hockenheim Silver Metallic +$550
  • Alpine White

2020 M2 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

It should be noted at the start that those with back problems or recent hip replacements should give the 2020 M2 Competition a skip. At lower speeds on normal roads, the M2 bumps and crashes over even the slightest imperfections, and could get tiring very quickly if it wasn't for its other strong points. Drive the M2 as it should be driven, and you're rewarded with a balanced handling experience which is easy to modulate, and one which won't completely rip your head off when you make a mistake. One of the few negatives in terms of the M2's handling characteristics is the electric power steering system, which fails to communicate through the steering wheel, despite being adept at placing the car with precision. The combination of wide 265/35 rear tires, lightweight subframes, carbon fiber bracing and sharp brakes turns the M2 into a very accomplished - if somewhat compromised - sports car. Those who are looking for a softer experience should stick to the M240i.

2020 M2 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.5 in
  • Front Head Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.5 in

2020 M2 Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    13.8 ft³

2020 M2 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 BMW M2 Competition A Good car?

With a riot of an engine under the hood, a well-tuned chassis, and an engaging driving experience, the M2 delivers the type of performance that will impress the ordinary driver but will only be truly appreciated by enthusiasts. The interior and features list resonates with the focus on performance driving: interior materials and build quality take a slight hit, and compared to some rivals, the features list might seem short, but most modern amenities such as navigation, forward collision warning, and Apple CarPlay integration are present. The compromised ride comfort and thirsty engine will put off some buyers, but BMW fans and petrolheads, in general, will love it for what it is; a fast, front-engined rear-wheel-drive BMW Coupe that will shred its tires at a whim, put a stupid grin on your face when pushing through corners, and get nods of approval from those in the know. More horsepower can be had for $58,900, but very little can touch it when it comes to overall performance.

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2020 BMW M2 Comparisons

BMW M3 Coupe BMW
BMW M4 Coupe BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW M2453 hp16/24 mpg$62,200
BMW M3 Coupe 414 hp14/20 mpg$60,100
BMW M4 Coupe 473 hp16/23 mpg$74,700
Audi RS3 401 hp20/29 mpg$60,900

2020 BMW M2 vs BMW M3 Coupe

Many consider the M3 to be the stalwart of BMW M cars, even though it wasn't the first to wear the sacred M badge, and the now-discontinued F80 generation was probably the most accomplished. Both the M3 and M2 are powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, but in the M3, it produced 425 hp. Both cars come standard with a six-speed manual, with the seven-speed DCT being an optional extra, and they even share the same 18/25/20 mpg figure - but that's where most of the similarities end. The M3 is clearly the larger car, measuring 184.5-inches in length compared to the 176.2 inches of the M2, offering more interior space overall. But, it gets a smaller trunk. The M3 feels more relaxed on the road, whereas the M2 Competition feels more performance-focused, which compromises comfort. Both offer scintillating performance, and despite the fact that you can't buy a new M3, it all boils down to how much space you need and how hardcore you want to go.

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2020 BMW M2 vs BMW M4 Coupe

The $69,150 BMW M4 is a powerhouse that checks all the boxes for what makes an M-car great; it takes the place of the M3. It's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, which it shares with the M2 and discontinued M3, produces 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, and despite being more powerful and heavier, the M4 delivers the same gas mileage numbers. The M4 offers marginally more interior space, but has a lower roofline, making it even more challenging to get in and out. In terms of features, both cars share a similar list of standard equipment, but the M4 receives a more extensive options list that includes a Competition Package, further improving upon the M4's already impressive capabilities. The M4 is a more grown-up offering that can be more comfortable or hardcore than the M2 depending on the occasion.

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2020 BMW M2 vs Audi RS3

Although not a coupe, the RS3 nonetheless offers a great, sporty drive that can be compared to the M2's offerings. With its fixed sport suspension, potent off-the-line behavior, and posh interior, the Audi has numerous plus-points to consider. As a sedan, it offers naturally more usable space than the Competition Coupe and capitalizes on the brand's attention to detail in terms of its stunning cabin. Despite its nearly 400-hp motor, upgraded brakes, and sport suspension, the RS3 can't quite give the thrills the M2 does - also, while the legendary quattro system makes for excellent handling in adverse weather conditions, the rear-wheel approach from BMW is just that much more fun. We'd go with the fun-and-games the M2 Competition represents, although the Audi is a worthwhile all-rounder.

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