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    • Why today's best BMW M car at any price point is the 2019 F87 M2 Competition

      Well, they finally did it. BMW finally gave the M2 a real M motor (instead of that silly N55B30T0) with a slightly detuned (*cough* different software *cough*) S55 engine from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. They solved the problem of the M2 stepping on the toes of its more expensive M brothers by calling it the M2 Competition.


      So while a standard M2 will not beat the M4 performance wise the new M2 Competition will. Handily.

      As a matter of fact, the M2 Competition is the best track car in the BMW lineup. All the new M5 and upcoming M8 have on it are straightline speed. That speed is only off the line speed by the way as the M2 Competition can easily match and supercede the output of its big V8 brothers in a much lighter package. Just look at the F80 M3 or F82 M4 aftermarket for proof.

      That is really what this gets down to. The only vehicle in the lineup that even remotely resembles traditional M ideals is the M2 Competition. It may not be 50/50 balanced but it will be the closest to that traditional M balance. What, you think adding all wheel drive somehow helps keep weight off the nose of the M5 or M8? M kept all wheel drive off their cars for a reason. A BMW M car that understeers and does not respond to power on oversteer is not a BMW M car. It's an Audi.

      BMW gives it an upgraded differential, lightweight wheels, and M sport seats. Also perhaps the most important feature of them all is the choice between a manual and DCT gearbox. Yes, a choice.

      The M5 gives you no such choice. The choice was made for you. Hell, they even gave it an automatic for the first time ever. The choice was made to make it a dragster. Since when is the Motorsport division about the dragstrip over the roadcourse? Well, officially since they made the X5M.

      The M2 Competition is what the M2 should have been to begin with. They can now get away with killing off the regular M2 and M3/M4 owners can not complain because the M2 Competition is effectively said to be a new model. It really isn't. BMW could have built this years ago.

      That is good. Or maybe it is bad. This may effectively be the last real M car.







      • New six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, based on the power unit from the BMW M3/M4, three-litre cubic capacity, 302 kW/410 HP, peak torque of 550 Nm (combined fuel consumption with six-speed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 – 225 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 210 – 209 g/km)*.
      • Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.2 s (with six-speed manual gearbox 4.4 s), top speed: 250 km/h (limited), 280 km/h with M Driver´s Package (limited).
      • High-precision CFRP strut and bulkhead strut for increased front section rigidity.
      • New cooling system, including new front skirt and larger, redesigned BMW kidney in high-gloss black.
      • New dual exhaust system with two electrically-controlled flaps.
      • New, optional M Sport brakes with brake calipers painted grey.
      • New optional M Sport bucket seat with integrated headrests and illuminated M2 badge at shoulder height.
      • Selector switches for immediate access to various engine and steering characteristics, as well as DCT settings via Drivelogic.
      • Exclusive new metallic Hockenheim Silver paint.
      • The BMW M2 Competition replaces its predecessor, the BMW M2 Coupé.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: The new M2 Competition started by quattr0 View original post
      Comments 19 Comments
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        I think they're discontinuing the current n55 m2, so it's going to be the only m2.
      1. quattr0's Avatar
        quattr0 -
        Got it. I do see some listed 2018 M2 on sale. Must be produced in late 2017...before the discontinuation.
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        Yeah probably, normally they stop production of 2018's by now so they can start 2019 production in July of the year before. That's how it was when I factory ordered my '17 m2.

        God the want is real, but I'm either going to go through with the deposit I put down on a "csl" allocation, or just pull back my deposit and continue to build my car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Well, they finally did it. BMW finally gave the M2 a real M motor (instead of that silly N55B30T0) with a slightly detuned (*cough* different software *cough*) S55 engine from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. They solved the problem of the M2 stepping on the toes of its more expensive M brothers by calling it the M2 Competition.

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        So while a standard M2 will not beat the M4 performance wise the new M2 Competition will. Handily.

        As a matter of fact, the M2 Competition is the best track car in the BMW lineup. All the new M5 and upcoming M8 have on it are straightline speed. That speed is only off the line speed by the way as the M2 Competition can easily match and supercede the output of its big V8 brothers in a much lighter package. Just look at the F80 M3 or F82 M4 aftermarket for proof.

        That is really what this gets down to. The only vehicle in the lineup that even remotely resembles traditional M ideals is the M2 Competition. It may not be 50/50 balanced but it will be the closest to that traditional M balance. What, you think adding all wheel drive somehow helps keep weight off the nose of the M5 or M8? M kept all wheel drive off their cars for a reason. A BMW M car that understeers and does not respond to power on oversteer is not a BMW M car. It's an Audi.

        BMW gives it an upgraded differential, lightweight wheels, and M sport seats. Also perhaps the most important feature of them all is the choice between a manual and DCT gearbox. Yes, a choice.

        The M5 gives you no such choice. The choice was made for you. Hell, they even gave it an automatic for the first time ever. The choice was made to make it a dragster. Since when is the Motorsport division about the dragstrip over the roadcourse? Well, officially since they made the X5M.

        The M2 Competition is what the M2 should have been to begin with. They can now get away with killing off the regular M2 and M3/M4 owners can not complain because the M2 Competition is effectively said to be a new model. It really isn't. BMW could have built this years ago.

        That is good. Or maybe it is bad. This may effectively be the last real M car.

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        • New six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, based on the power unit from the BMW M3/M4, three-litre cubic capacity, 302 kW/410 HP, peak torque of 550 Nm (combined fuel consumption with six-speed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 – 225 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 210 – 209 g/km)*.
        • Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.2 s (with six-speed manual gearbox 4.4 s), top speed: 250 km/h (limited), 280 km/h with M Driver´s Package (limited).
        • High-precision CFRP strut and bulkhead strut for increased front section rigidity.
        • New cooling system, including new front skirt and larger, redesigned BMW kidney in high-gloss black.
        • New dual exhaust system with two electrically-controlled flaps.
        • New, optional M Sport brakes with brake calipers painted grey.
        • New optional M Sport bucket seat with integrated headrests and illuminated M2 badge at shoulder height.
        • Selector switches for immediate access to various engine and steering characteristics, as well as DCT settings via Drivelogic.
        • Exclusive new metallic Hockenheim Silver paint.
        • The BMW M2 Competition replaces its predecessor, the BMW M2 Coupé.
      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        I wonder when we’ll hear about the first crank hub failure?
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bowser330 Click here to enlarge
        I wonder when we’ll hear about the first crank hub failure?
        I'd expect it after a turbo upgrade and someone pushing for power. The crank hub kits will become more popular.
      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        Rs3 will have it’s hands full with the new m2 comp that’s for damn sure
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        niiiiiice. This is the first BMW in a long while I actually want.
      1. quattr0's Avatar
        quattr0 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bowser330 Click here to enlarge
        I wonder when we’ll hear about the first crank hub failure?
        This is a known issue on M2 too?
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        I heard it happens on the n55 past the 600whp mark.
      1. DANKimball's Avatar
        DANKimball -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
        I'd expect it after a turbo upgrade and someone pushing for power. The crank hub kits will become more popular.
        They use a steel driveshaft now. I don't think it will be an issue. We will see.
      1. DANKimball's Avatar
        DANKimball -
        The new seats are STANDARD for NA Market
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DANKimball Click here to enlarge
        They use a steel driveshaft now. I don't think it will be an issue. We will see.
        Why would the driveshaft change things?
      1. Al Benn-Hamin's Avatar
        Al Benn-Hamin -
        driveshaft will add some weight to driveline thus slow down how quickly the S55 will rev, which seems to be the cause of the crank issue.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Al Benn-Hamin Click here to enlarge
        driveshaft will add some weight to driveline thus slow down how quickly the S55 will rev, which seems to be the cause of the crank issue.
        Interesting. Might explain why the newer M3/M4's don't see the issue as often after they ditched the carbon driveshaft.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Interesting. Might explain why the newer M3/M4's don't see the issue as often after they ditched the carbon driveshaft.
        The switch to a steel driveshaft was to accommodate a new petrol particulate filter(PPF). The steel driveshafts are slimmer. Has nothing to do with crank hub failures. The new bedplate was supposedly a fix for crank hub failures. Majority of crank hub failures are on M3/M4 dated prior to bedplate change in Dec 2015.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        The switch to a steel driveshaft was to accommodate a new petrol particulate filter(PPF). The steel driveshafts are slimmer. Has nothing to do with crank hub failures. The new bedplate was supposedly a fix for crank hub failures.
        You're right but it's an interesting theory.
      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        The switch to a steel driveshaft was to accommodate a new petrol particulate filter(PPF). The steel driveshafts are slimmer. Has nothing to do with crank hub failures. The new bedplate was supposedly a fix for crank hub failures. Majority of crank hub failures are on M3/M4 dated prior to bedplate change in Dec 2015.
        Since when do changes to a car only fix/change one thing? Why couldn’t both be achieved with the new steel driveshaft? Also If they were to admit the switch to steel was for crank hub failures they would have to retrofit all cars with the fix. They aren’t about to do that....who knows, is what I’m saying.
      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
        This is a known issue on M2 too?
        it remains a known issue on the s55 engine for which the m2 comp uses.....so why wouldn’t it still be an issue? Just a matter of time.