The BMW M2 & M2 Competition Thread

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DRIVEN | BMW's M2 Competition 'is one of the best driver's cars on sale' in SA

The real reason BMW's M2 Competition spawned to life is because its engine, the N55, had no place in the Munich-based automaker's line-up.

In an effort to streamline the engine range and curb emissions and consumption. Not that we're complaining.

The M2 Competition is the entry-level M-car from BMW and boy does it look good on paper: Powered by the 3.0-litre turbocharged engine in the M3/M4 but has been de-tuned to produce only 302kW and 550Nm.

Top speed, as per the German gentleman's agreement, is 250km/h. With the M Drivers package (R29 200), that number increases to 280km/h.

All that power is channeled exclusively to the rear wheels (like a proper BMW performance car) via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox which our test unit was fitted with. And it rides on new 19" wheels shod with fat rubber.

Price? For the six-speed manual version costs R972 029 and the M-DCT version retails for R1 026 505.

The engine-mapping has three settings: Sport plus being the most aggressive and addictive.

This car feels exciting, alive and most importantly playful. Stomp on the uprated brakes and it conveys firmness and confidence in scrubbing off the the stratospheric speed you've just climbed up to.

It's a proper driving machine that admittedly can suffer from a harsh ride on bad local roads, but that's about the only criticism I can think of.

In isolation (ie without considering the less-practical Porsche Cayman), the Competition is easily a future classic, but if you plan on storing and not driving, forget about it.

This is one of the best driver's cars on sale. And that's a fact.

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both cars i really want. When my theoretical ship comes in, Ill be hard pressed to choose. by far my favourite real world sport cars
 

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BMW M2 CS Will Be A Fairly Limited Edition Car

The eagerly awaited BMW M2 CS will be making its debut fairly soon at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. After many months of teaser shots and testing at the Nürburgring, you will very soon be able to order the car for yourself. Having said that, though, you better make that phone call to your local BMW dealer pretty quickly because apparently, not too many of these more hardcore M2’s will be made.

Exact numbers are not known at this stage, but it looks like the car will be fairly limited with only a smidge more than 2000 M2 CS’s that will be roaming the streets around the world. The modern-day 1M? Well, that will have to be seen but by looking at the M2 CS it would certainly seem so.

The car will be powered by the S55 3.0-litre, six-cylinder motor pushing out 450 German horses (336 kW) and 550 Nm of torque. As with most M cars, drive will be sent to the rear only and gears will be changed via a 7-speed dual-clutch ‘box. The M Sport Exhaust System has been tinkered with as well to ensure an even raspier BMW growl.

 

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AC Schnitzer ACS2 Sport 'Competition' 2019 review

Should I buy one?

Something to note: AC Schnitzer reckons the standard M2 Competition is such a convincing driver’s car that it would have sold at a healthy rate even were the asking price well in excess of the current £51,030. It would therefore argue that an M2 Competition-based ACS2 Sport – one with a good smattering of modifications, if not all the available options – is still good value.

Another thing to consider is that not only are AC Schnitzer’s changes offered under warranty, but also the underlying BMW warranty isn’t necessarily voided by the new parts or software.

But here’s one more thing: you can buy the new Porsche Cayman GT4 for the price of the car we’ve driven here. Admittedly it’s nothing like as practical as the Schnitzer and won’t feel quite as unique on the road, but that’s the level of dynamic talent available on this budget and it’s a level the ACS2 Sport doesn’t match.

A factory M2 Competition is also a more sweetly rounded car than the AC Schnitzer and would put its softer chassis to better use on British roads.

But none of this is to say there's no place for the tuned car. The engine and suspension modifications work well and add around £8000 to the basic M2 Competition price. If you go with those but keep the 19in factory-fit wheels, you’d be left with a four-seat coupé that's faster than a 911 Carrera S, comes chock-full of character, rides with good fluidity at speed and is well suited for track days, all for less than £60,000.

AC Schnitzer ACS2 Sport specification

Where Aachen, Germany Price See text On sale Now Engine 6 cyls, 2963cc, twin-turbo, petrol Power 496bhp at 7000rpm Torque 480lb ft at 2350-5200rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic Kerb weight 1625kg 0-62mph 4.2sec (est) Top speed 190mph (est) Fuel economy na CO2 na Rivals Litchfield BMW M2 Competition, Porsche 718 Cayman GT4


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BMW M2 CS To Pack 450 HP (336 KW) And Limited To 2,200 Units

A member of Bimmerpost attended an exclusive preview event in Belgium yesterday where he got a first look at the unreleased BMW M2 CS and some of its specs.

Under the hood will sit the familiar twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six from the M2 Competition but the output has been dialled up to 450 hp (336 kW). This will be connected to a manual gearbox as standard with a DCT being offered as an optional extra.

It will be littered with carbon fibre parts including the hood, roof, outside mirrors, trunk lip, front spoiler lip, rear diffuser, central console and door handle.

 

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BMW M2 CS Laps Hockenheim Almost As Fast As M5 Competition

The BMW M2 CS has not even been unveiled yet but the folks over at Sport Auto were privileged enough to get behind the wheel at Germany’s Hockenheim Formula 1 circuit.

So far we know the upcoming BMW M2 CS will pack 450 hp (336 kW) and will be offered with a manual gearbox as standard. Other than that, it is rumored to begin production in March next year and end 9 months after that with just 2,200 units to be produced worldwide.


 

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DRAG RACE: Toyota GR Supra 3,0T vs BMW M2 Competition M-DCT - CAR Magazine

 

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Next BMW M2 will stay rear-wheel drive

2 Series coupe, including its flagship performance version, will continue with RWD despite arrival of front-drive 2 Series Gran Coupé

The BMW 2 Series Coupé, will continue as a rear-wheel-drive model in the future – and the firm will continue to offer a high-performance range-topping M2 version.

While the two-door Coupé, first launched in 2014, driven from the rear, the recently launched new 2 Series Gran Coupé has adopted a front-drive architecture. That four-door model is built on the same UKL platform as the new 1 Series, which has switched its driven wheels from front to rear. But 2 Series product manager Gernot Stuhl said there were no planes for the next-generation Coupé to make a similar switch.

Stuhl said the coupe, which was first launched in 2014 and facelifted in 2017 would "continue with a different architecture" in the next generation. He added that while market research had shown most 1 Series buyers did not choose that model because of its drivetrain, it was a selling point for buyers of the two-door coupe.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe line-up is headed by the 302bhp all-wheel-drive M235i M Performance version, which uses the same 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine as the M135i. Stuhl said BMW would not produce a full M version of the Gran Coupé, with Stuhl saying that “there’s not much missing” in terms of driving dynamics.

But he added that “there will still be a hardcore BMW M2 for those that want it” in the next generation of the 2 Series Coupé. While Stuhl would not be drawn on any technical details, he said: “if you feel you need a compact car with more than 302bhp, there will be an offering for you in the BMW range”.

 

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BMW M boss confirms M2 CS, says it's a 'race car with licence plates'

The head of BMW’s M division has confirmed the rumoured M2 CS will be revealed soon, describing it as a “race car with licence plates”.

Speaking to motoring.com.au, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch said the hardcore version of the rear-driven M2 would be unveiled in November 2019, before hitting global markets in 2020.

Flasch billed the M2 CS as “the most crisp and pure BMW M model that we have launched in quite some time”, before adding it “drives like a race car with licence plates”.

The M2 CS is expected to boast a higher peak power output than the 302 kW offered by the M2 Competition’s twin-turbo 3,0-litre inline-six, while also dropping some weight and gaining some chassis tweaks. The Australian publication claims the M2 CS will be available in both seven-speed dual-clutch and six-speed manual guise, just like the M2 Competition.

 

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Limited Edition BMW M2 CS Leaks Ahead Of Debut

The BMW M2 CS was the worst kept secret with many leaks and spy shots of it testing but here is the biggest leak of them all just a few hours ahead of the official reveal.

As you will notice it gets the typical CS treatment which includes a plethora of carbon fibre components including the hood, the front splitter and a new roof to reduce weight and improve the centre of gravity.

As standard, you get Adaptive M Suspension as well as M Sport brakes which are not carbon ceramics but they are bigger than what is fitted to the M2 Competition. The carbon ceramics are available as an option on the M2 CS.

Under the hood lies a modified version of the same S55 engine that powers the M2 Competition. That means it’s a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six with 444 hp (331 kW and 550 Nm of torque. According to BMW, the M2 CS can get from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds flat with the optional seven-speed DCT and 4.0 seconds with a six-speed manual.


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Mighty BMW M2 CS Coming to SA!

Details of the hardcore BMW M2 CS have surfaced online!

This is the M2 that will get you salivating and a few tasty details of the BMW M2 CS (ClubSport) have been served up.

Let’s get to the meat of it then, shall we? Powering this high-performance machine is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre turbocharged engine that’s good for 336 kW (34 kW more than the M2 Competition). A 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT will ensure brisk acceleration from zero to 100 kph in 4.2 and 4.0 seconds respectively.

The M2 CS rides on 19-inch Y-spoke wheels in a gloss black finish and shod in Michelin Sport Cup 2 rubber. Carbon fibre has been used extensively to reduce weight. The bonnet, front splitter and roof are made of carbon fibre. The roof also features a new sandwich design which lowers weight further while increasing structural rigidity and lowering the car’s centre of gravity.

 

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New BMW M2 CS: 444bhp run-out special leaks out

Track-focused version of BMW's smallest M car appears online ahead of official time, with carbon parts, new aero features and more power

BMW’s M division is sending the current M2 off on a high with the introduction of a new, limited-edition CS model, and all the images and information have been published ahead of the official time.

US motoring site Jalopnik appears to be the first to have published the images, while the information they have posted looks to have come from the official press release.

Differentiating the track-focused M2 CS from the £51,425 M2 Competition are a number of exterior upgrades, such as a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic bonnet with a central air vent and a carbonfibre roof. The bonnet’s weight is claimed to be half that of the steel structure used for the M2 Competition.

Further changes include a new splitter element at the front, a unique boot spoiler and a multi-channel diffuser – all made from carbonfibre and boosting downforce. Also part of the package are new lightweight 19in forged aluminium wheels in a black or matt gold finish and a choice of four exterior paint colours.

 
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