The BMW M2 has been overshadowed by the M4 since it came out. Seen as the little brother with less power, less capability, and a more affordable price tag, the M2 has had trouble shedding its 2-Series roots to be a serious sports car. That changed for the 2019 model year, when the M2 was renamed the M2 Competition and got the same engine as the M4. The 2020 BMW M2 Competition continues to be a muscular car that's at home on a track or a curvy road – one that doesn't live under the M4's umbrella anymore.
2020 BMW M2 Overview
What's New for 2020
After getting a major refresh last year, the 2020 M2 Competition carries over without any changes.
Choosing Your BMW M2
BMW's made it extremely easy to choose the right M2 Competition, as there's only one model to choose from. The M2 Competition Coupe starts at $59,895, which includes the $995 destination fee.
Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include the standard six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic ($2,900). Rear-wheel drive is standard – this is a sports car after all – and zero to 60 mph takes just 4.2 seconds.
While the M2 Competition's engine is its most notable feature, the sporty coupe comes with a host of performance parts that make it a joy to drive. The active M differential helps the car grip the road, the adaptive suspension ensures the ride is stiff, but not jarring, and the six-piston front brakes and four-piston M sport brakes are there to slow things down. There's a bunch of other stuff, too, like a M-tuned exhaust system, a heavy-duty cooling system, Dynamic Stability Control, as well as M-developed electric power steering with Servotronic.
Because of the M2's performance-oriented design, the coupe requires some sacrifice when it comes to usability. The trunk offers just 13.8 cubic feet of space and while the coupe has rear seats, they aren't exactly spacious. Fuel economy isn't stellar, either, as the M2 Competition is rated by the EPA to get 18 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 combined. This is all marginal, as the M2 Competition is more interested in making sure you have a good time instead of being comfortable.
Standard exterior features include LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, an M rear spoiler, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and black tailpipes. On the inside, the M2 Competition comes with 14-way power sport seats, leather upholstery, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, an 8.8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, a universal garage door opener, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.
For a sports car, the M2 Competition comes with a great list of standard safety features. Daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, driver alert, BMW Assist eCall, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors are all included.
The Executive Package ($1,200) adds wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, speed limit information, a heated steering wheel, adaptive LED headlights, and automatic high beams, while the M Driver's Package ($2,500) raises the top speed from 155 to 168 mph and gives buyers one track day at BMW's performance driving course. The only other option besides the automatic transmission is a moonroof ($1,050).
The 2020 BMW M2 Competition is one of those rare sports cars that only comes around every decade or so. Few can match the little BMW's punch or driver involvement. With only one trim to choose from – a well-equipped trim at that – picking the right M2 is as simple as choosing what shade you want the coupe in. The Executive Package is a worthy upgrade, while we'd skip the moonroof. The most difficult choice is choosing between the six-speed manual or the seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.