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By Editorial Staff

The 2019 BMW M2 Competition gets a new name, a new price and a very aggressive new attitude. As if the previous track-ready M2 wasn’t good enough, BMW has seen fit to improve its smallest M car with a big jump in horsepower, up to 405 from 365, and an equally large torque bump. While the 2019 M2 Competition costs significantly more than the standard 2 Series upon which it is based, it is also the most affordable M car, and quite frankly, one of the most enjoyable drivers in the entire BMW fleet. It’s true the Audi RS 3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 offer similar power and luxury, but neither offers the rarity of two doors, a manual transmission or rear-wheel drive.


You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a small, 2-door high-performance car as brilliant on the track as it is winding a mountain road, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is just such a rare bird. Priced just under $60,000, the M2 sacrifices nothing in the way of power, prestige or performance.

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With only two doors and a rear-drive setup, the M2 Competition may not be the most practical performance car in the BMW stable. Those who need the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive are better off with the M240i xDrive, while convertible fans’ only option is the standard 2 Series.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, BMW increases horsepower and torque with a new TwinPower Turbo inline-6, as well as gives its smallest M car a new name: M2 Competition. Other new features include revised sport seats, upgraded brakes, recalibrated stability control and, when equipped with the automatic transmission, center-console selector switches.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

In a word, BMW’s new M2 Competition is even more of a high-performance coupe than before. Off the track, where most of its life will be spent, BMW's little beast is a pleasant companion. The cabin is impressively quiet when not at full throttle, and the driver's seat hugs your body. Also notable is how civilized the M2 is on the highway given its immense capabilities on the track. The BMW M2 Competition is one of the great high-performance coupes of our time. This is truly a sports car with a dual nature, and it's easy to love both personalities. Around town its 405-horsepower turbocharged powerband is broad and wide, with a reservoir of grunt, and the standard 6-speed manual transmission remains stellar and is the one we recommend. A zero-to-60 run is accomplished in around four seconds, and top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is available, but as with the M3 and M4, it's not as refined as the automatics offered by Audi or even Cadillac's V-Series performance cars. On the track, however, the 7-speed shines.

Favorite Features

What better way to break in your new M than spending a day with an experienced BMW driving instructor at one of the company’s South Carolina or California test tracks. An added bonus from the package is the raising of the car’s electronically limited top speed from 155 to 168 mph.

Developed by BMW, the M Laptimer app logs speed, steering angle, accelerator position, fuel consumption and longitudinal and lateral acceleration. The data allow drivers to compare their performance against other drivers, as well as share their most impressive laps via e-mail or Facebook.

Vehicle Details


Based on the 2 Series coupe, the M2 Competition offers seating for four, although the rear seats are not really usable by adults for more than a quick ride to lunch or trip to the gym. The aggressive new M’s sport bucket seats are supremely comfortable and supportive in all the right places and at all the right times. BMW’s iDrive controller is still here and includes such clever upgrades as a GoPro app for capturing your drives. A set of center-console selector switches allows control of settings for the engine, steering and Dynamic Stability Control. Selections can be stored for easy recall using the steering-wheel-mounted M1 and M2 buttons.


Whereas a standard 2 Series is handsome, the M2 Competition is tough. It’s like a 2 Series that put in quality gym time. Although the two models share the same wheelbase, the M2 Competition is wider, slightly longer and it is meaner-looking with unique front and rear fascias that express this coupe's extra muscle. From behind, an M2 can be positively identified by its wider hips and its black chrome quad tailpipes hooked to a new performance exhaust. It's a beautiful little monster, and better proportioned than the M version of the old 1 Series. Standard-issue wheels are 19 inches, wrapped in performance tires. Power-folding mirrors are also a nice touch.

Notable Standard Equipment

The BMW M2 Competition comes out the gate with a slew of racing-focused hardware and high-performance bits like an Active M rear differential, track-ready cooling system and upgraded brakes. But even if you never track it -- and let’s be honest, will you? -- the M2 is still a German luxury car. In that respect it arrives with amenities like black Dakota leather upholstery, 14-way-power front seats, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 3-stage heated front seats and universal garage remote. The BMW’s infotainment system consists of an 8.8-inch center screen, navigation with real-time traffic, and a 12-speaker harman/kardon premium audio system with AM/FM/USB/HD Radio/CD player and Bluetooth connectivity. Also included is BMW’s Ultimate Service, which includes three years/36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.

Notable Optional Equipment

Aside from an automatic transmission, most options for the 2019 BMW M2 Competition are bundled into the sole, $1,550 Executive Package. It includes adaptive headlights that swivel as you turn, heated steering wheel, wireless charging cradle and in-car Wi-Fi, and rear parking sensors. It also includes the Active Driving Assistant, a recommendable safety and driver-assist system that bundles lane-departure warning, frontal-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Apple CarPlay is available for an extra $300, and a moonroof is offered at around $1,050. The M Driver’s Package (see Favorite Features) is $2,500, while the dual-clutch M DCT automatic adds another $2,900.

Under the Hood

The heart of the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is a new, all-aluminum turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 based on the unit used in the M3/M4 cars. It features direct injection and variable camshaft timing and variable-valve lift control to make a robust 405 horsepower. Torque output is rich at 406 lb-ft. These figures allow the M2 to hit the 0-60-mph benchmark in as little as 4.0 seconds. All M2s are rear-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual is the standard transmission (and our recommendation), and a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic is optional. An automatic engine start/stop system cuts power at stoplights to save fuel, but can be defeated if you find the start-ups too abrupt.

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
405 horsepower @ 5,230-7,000 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 2,350-5,230 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A


Pricing Notes

The 2019 BMW M2 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $60,000, including the destination charge. Checking the options boxes for one of the three metallic exterior paint colors, an automatic transmission, moonroof and the main option package can lift the M2's price to over $65,000. The M2's price is roughly $14,500 more than its slightly less powerful 2 Series sibling, the M240i, and about $6,000 less than its more powerful big brother, the M3 sedan. Compared with potential rivals, the M2 is about $10,000 more than a Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, and about $4,000 more than Audi’s RS 3. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. As a niche, high-performance luxury vehicle, the BMW M2’s resale price is expected to hold up well.

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