BMW Says No M2 Competition In The Pipeline... For Now

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The current M2 is already insane enough.

In an interview with the German publication Bimmer Today, M2's project manager Markus Schroder revealed that there won't be a Competition model for the foreseeable future. For now, the standard BMW M2 is as good as it gets, but it's important to remember that Schroder didn't rule it out completely.

Our German isn't brilliant, but Schroder said BMW isn't planning to push the M2 in the direction of a Competition model but "can't rule out" anything in the future. Usually, BMW would push for variants, but it seems content with the standard car for now.

Schroder mentions that BMW put out a high-performance model for enthusiasts and points to the rear-drive, manual transmission, and turbocharged inline-six adding up to a "classic" driver's car.

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Typically, BMW's Competition packages add extra horsepower, aesthetic and weight-saving touches, and sportier seats than the standard M car they're based on. The first generation M2 Competition featured a revised version of the standard M2's S55 engine. It made an extra 40 horsepower, increasing the output to 405 hp. The car was also stiffer and featured larger kidney grilles to aid cooling.

The second generation M2 uses the new S58 engine, producing 453 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, which is a big leap over the previous M2 Competition and the later M2 CS's 444 hp.

Let's not forget that the current M2 is almost the same size as the E46 M3, which had a naturally aspirated 3.2-liter inline-six that only produced 343 hp.

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Still, there is room for improvement, especially in the weight department. The new M2 weighs 3,814 pounds, which is roughly 200 lbs more than the previous-generation M2 Competition and 400 lbs more than an E46 M3.

A compact rear-drive high-performance coupe for enthusiasts seems to be dropping down BMW's list of priorities, however. The best-selling M car in 2022 was the electric i4 M50, and the new halo model is a large, ugly SUV. Before the i4 came along, the best-selling M car was the X3 M.

Our point of view is that the new M2 doesn't need a Competition or CS version. We would rather BMW concentrate on building the best stock M2 possible.

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