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2021 BMW M2 Overview

Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - July 30, 2020

What's New

The 2021 BMW M2 Competition carries on mostly unchanged for what is expected to be this generation’s final model year. This means it continues forward with its sport-tuned 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine with plenty of power.

Choosing Your BMW M2

The BMW M2 comes in one trim: M2 Competition Coupe. Pricing starts at $59,895 including destination.

Engine Choices

The BMW M2 Competition’s high-performance engine is pulled straight from the more expensive M4, albeit with slightly reduced power output. The M2's 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine produces 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

To ensure the engine’s performance doesn’t diminish even when running hard at the race track, the M2 is equipped with an upgraded cooling system and a special oil pump that can collect and dispense oil even during sustained high lateral and longitudinal acceleration.

The M2 Competition doesn’t disappoint in the transmission department either. A standard six-speed manual transmission will thrill the purists, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available for $2,900. The automatic with Drivelogic incorporates a total of 11 different shift programs, including a launch mode, to best suit the driver’s preference for speed or comfort.

The M2 can go from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds with the manual transmission or 4.2 seconds with the automatic.

Power is sent to the rear wheels where BMW’s Active M differential varies the amount of lock, based not just on throttle application or individual wheel speed, but also yaw rate, vehicle speed, braking effort, and steering angle in order to provide ideal traction and vehicle balance for the given scenario.

The M-tuned dual exhaust (with black-finished quad outlets) allows the engine to deliver the expected BMW M sound by way of two active valves that can be electronically controlled through the M Dynamic Performance Control menu.

The M2 returns an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 combined with the manual transmission. The available automatic drops fuel economy to 16/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The M2 Competition is a small car that seats four passengers. Still, its tall cabin allows for a pleasant amount of interior space with 40.1 inches of front head room, 41.5 inches of front leg room, and 33 inches of rear leg room. There's also 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than a Toyota Corolla.

Safety Features

BMW equips the M2 with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.


The M2 Competition features an 8.8-inch touchscreen that's supplemented by BMW's iDrive remote controller. The infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay, HD radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. It's also equipped with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Wireless charging is available as part of the Executive Package ($1,200).

M2 Competition - From $59,895

The M2 Competition is well equipped. Notable exterior features include 19-inch wheels available in two finishes, LED headlights, a high-gloss black exterior trim finish, a rear spoiler, quad tailpipes, power-folding side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Proximity entry affords easy access to the cabin, which includes leather upholstery, 14-way sport seats, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and ambient lighting.

The BMW M performance theme spreads to the leather-wrapped steering wheel with M brand-colored threads, open-pore surface carbon-fiber interior trim, stainless steel M pedals, and even a knee pad on the center console to help one stay secure while tossing the car from one apex to another.

The $1,200 Executive Package includes a wireless charging pad, a heated steering wheel, automatic high-beams, and adaptive headlights. A moonroof is a $1,050 standalone option.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 BMW M2 Competition is compact in size but big on power. Its chassis has been fortified to handle the extremes of track duty. Skipping the option packages, including the automatic transmission, makes the M2 Competition not only one of the most desirable sports cars on the market, but a reasonably priced BMW.

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