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BMW M2 COUPE

M2 Competition 2dr DCT

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Review

BMW harks back to historic heroes with the M2 Competition. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The performance model that most stands out in BMW's history is the M3. In its original mid-1980s form, this car was fun, ferociously quick and relatively understated, while proving to be highly competitive on track. Over the years though, as this model line grew larger, safer, more refined and more expensive, it began to lose some of the character that made those early cars so special. When, in 2010, BMW's entry level model, the 1-series coupe, was given a light sprinkling of M enhancements, the company seemed to be on the verge of launching a worthy 'back to basics' successor to earlier M3s. That 1 series M Coupe was well received and this car, the M2, launched in 2015, was its direct successor, now offered here only in uprated 410hp 'Competition' form. In many ways, it's what an M3 really should be. Will it take its place in BMW's heritage?

Driving Experience

Putting a turbocharged 3.0-litre six cylinder engine into a small rear wheel drive coupe will always grab a driver's attention. The engine is basically the same as that used in the lesser 340hp M240i model but the 410bhp 'Competition' state of tune here is bespoke to the M2 and delivers monumental performance, charging to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds in manual form (0.4s faster than the M240i). That challenges the Porsche 911. There's a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed M DCT paddleshift auto that gets to 62mph 0.2s quicker. 'M,' essentially, stands for 'Motorsport', so the M2 has to be capable of performing on track and to enable that, some ruthless weight shedding has had to take place. Many steel components, particularly in the steering assembly and chassis, have been replaced with aluminium parts in an attempt to make the M2 much more responsive. Boy racers will be delighted to hear that there is even a 'Smokey Burnout' function when some gratuitous show-boating is required. M Sport brakes, an M Sport exhaust system and M specific suspension with the brand's Active M differential all come included with 'Competition' spec. If you want to go even faster, there's a rare limited edition M2 CS variant available with 450hp.

Design and Build

'M' could just as easily stand for 'Muscle' as the clean lines of the 2-series are here bulked up and pumped out to give the M2 the look of an athlete. The front end carries the low gaping front bumper and splitter assembly that immediately sets this model apart as an M car, while at the back four exhaust pipes give the game away if the distinctive M badges aren't enough. The M2 has a far more aggressive style than its predecessor the 1-series M Coupe, which reinforces how much more seriously BMW's M division have taken this project. You get the sense that this is a thoroughly well thought out car, thanks to the attention to detail that has been paid to the little things. Engineers have spent time making sure the M2 sounds like a high performance model, incorporating an electronically controlled exhaust flap that acts like the reed in a carefully tuned musical instrument to deliver the distinctive BMW engine note. Inside, there is even a knee-pad on the side of the centre console to keep you comfortable during quick changes of direction and 'M' logos litter the leather interior, should you need reminding that this is no ordinary 2-series. For something even more exclusive, try the M2 CS, which is distinguished by a carbonfibre roof and bonnet, plus further carbon elements for the rear spoiler, the mirror caps, the rear diffuser and the front splitter.

Market and Model

The BMW M2 costs around £52,500 in the only version that's now on offer, the M2 Competition. That's for a manual: you'll pay another £2,000 more for the M Double Clutch auto version most customers choose. Which seems a lot when you consider that the M240i is just 0.4s slower to 62mph, has basically the same engine and costs around £11,000 less. Still, you could also argue that you're getting the same performance here as you would from a £83,000 Porsche 911 Carrera: it's all a question of perspective. You'd certainly need M2 money to get yourself a decently specified version of a uber-hot hatch like, say, the Mercedes-AMG A45. The M2 Competition comes with BMW's signature Xenon headlights as standard. Sat Nav is included along with BMW's 'Professional Media Package' which is, in essence, an enhanced infotainment system with the kinds of apps and travel related services you might find on your smart-phone. One app that stands out, is the M Laptimer, letting you benchmark your performance on track. These details remind you that this competent road car is also a pocket racer.

Cost of Ownership

BMW have found innovative engineering solutions to deliver outstanding performance while keeping a check on the fuel economy and emissions. By using four specially designed exhaust pipes to help the exhaust gas escape more easily and by clever positioning of the turbochargers inside the exhaust system, the engine is able to run more smoothly and efficiently. The manual version of the car returns 28.2mpg and emits 226g/km CO2 (about the same as an M240i), while the M DCT automatic is more frugal, returning 28.8mpg and emitting just 220g/km. All figures are WLTP-rated. BMW offers a 12-year bodywork warranty, a three-year paint warranty and two years for parts and accessories, so new car buyers will have reasonable peace of mind. Servicing, as with any premium brand, will be expensive at main dealerships and approved body-shops, but BMW's reputation for quality means mechanical failures should be very rare. If the Munich maker has got its mix right, and it looks like it has, the M2 has the potential to remain a desirable car for a very long time, so residuals should be strong. The previous model, the 1-series M kept its value well.

Summary

BMW may make a little bit of history with the M2. A well built, rear-wheel drive four-seat coupe with a powerful, efficient engine and lightweight engineering makes a compelling case, even at well over £50,000. It features just enough luxury to merit the premium price, but is focused completely on its role and an ultra-involving performance car. It looks aggressive, is breathtakingly quick and handles like it belongs on a circuit. With online connectivity, a 'Smokey Burnout' feature and a specially tuned engine sound, driving the M2 will never be less than entertaining. While BMW are targeting a generation who may not remember the original M3, the ingredients that made that car such a hit back in the 80's are the same ingredients that should make the M2 sell well today. Whether or not it will ever be considered a classic only time will tell.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency30.70mpg
Emissions
Emissions220.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Auto start-stop
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW remote services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Cruise control with braking function
  • Door/boot open warning
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • M drive manager with three steering modes and three drive modes
  • M Servotronic power steering
  • M specific Start/stop button finishes in red
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Professional multimedia navigation system
  • Real time traffic information
  • Speed limiting function
  • Traffic message channel (TMC)

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Online entertainment

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Black optic display instrument cluster with M specific display red needles and M2 competition welcome screen
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front bumper
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Body colour roof mouldings
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Door sill finishers with M2 competition designation
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Electrically adjustable and heated M specific exterior mirrors
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Headlight range control
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High gloss black kidney grille with M double rod vertical slats and M2 badging
  • High gloss black M side strakes with M2 designation
  • High level third brake light
  • LED welcome home lights
  • M aerodynamic body styling with airblades in Cerium grey
  • M rear lip spoiler
  • M rear spoiler
  • M2 competition model designation on boot
  • M2 specific aerodynamic body styling with unique kidney grille, front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts
  • Model designation
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window aerial
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Twin dark chrome exhaust tailpipes with bevelled design
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 4 grab handles
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning
  • Conditioned Based Service
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Folding storage compartment with glasses holder + coin tray
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front door storage bins
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Full black panel display
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats
  • Leather gearknob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • M Sports seats
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Three spoke design M leather steering wheel with three colour M stitching and M1/M2 programmable buttons
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat

Packs

  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series

Safety

  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Active M differential - electronically controlled multi-disc clutch, optimal traction, optimised power transfer even when DSC off and M dynamic mode
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking readiness
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Hill start assist
  • M Seatbelts
  • M specific braking system drilled compound structure discs with internal ventilation
  • Rear brake discs
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control including integrated key with blue insert
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser

Technical

  • Battery age recognition function
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport+ modes
  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M sport suspension
  • Oil dipstick

Trim

  • Carbon fibre interior trim with black high gloss finish

Wheels

  • BMW mobility system
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    209
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    312
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    326
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    312
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    209
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    209

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2979
  • Compression Ratio
    10.2:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    89.6
  • Engine Code
    S55B30T0
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    30.7
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    36.2
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    24.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    13.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    14.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    13.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    9.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    20.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    19.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    20.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    30.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    410
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    M2 Competition
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    47E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    410
  • Engine Power - KW
    302
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    406
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    56.1
  • Engine Torque - NM
    550
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2350
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    265/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    M Y-SPOKE STYLE 788M
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1410
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4461
  • Wheelbase
    2693
  • Width
    1871
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1990

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2010
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    390
  • Max. Loading Weight
    435
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1575
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

"4 months ago"

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