Here at BMWBLOG we believe in the true meaning of a car community, so we take pride in the interaction with our followers, readers and fans. In the past, we often offered the opportunity to ask BMW experts and designers questions about their latest products, so today, we’re looking to renew that initiative. And what’s a better way to do that other than picking the new BMW M2 Competition as our main subject. The new M car is just weeks away from its first deliveries and test drives, but before that, many of you have expressed an interest in its design, and mostly, how it compares to the previous M2 Coupe, and why BMW designers have chosen some of the new elements on the car. The M2 Competition has been given some subtle updates on the outside and inside, over the standard car. There’s a new lower front lip, that seems to have three vents in it, likely for additional cooling. The more noticeable change to the front is the new Kidney Grille design, which is not only … [Read more...] about What would you like to know about the design of the BMW M2 Competition?
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The most important thing to remember about the BMW M2 Competition is the change from the N55 engine to the S55. It’s the cause of some people’s skepticism towards the car and the reason why some are loving it before it even gets the chance to prove itself. But how did BMW arrive at the conclusion that the S55 is the perfect way to keep the M2 going? First of all, we need to acknowledge a big change that’s shaping up the automotive industry today. The car makers are having to adapt to the new WLTP test regimen for the fuel consumption figures, leaving the NEDC behind. The new test is considerably harsher and thus is forcing automakers to change their technologies and engines, to comply with the new rules. That’s one of the reasons why the M2 couldn’t continue with the N55 engine under the hood at all, be that a powerful incarnation of it or not. The N55 has been in production since 2009 and it replaced the N54 that came before it, removing one turbo in … [Read more...] about New Environmental Regulations Made the BMW M2 Competition Possible
BMW worked alongside the CSR2 design team in order to bring every detail of the new M2 Competition to the game. The car features a new front apron, enlarged high-gloss black kidney grille, optional new M Sport bucket seats and an exclusive Hockenheim Silver exterior paint. Pretty cool right? Well, just wait until you hear about CSR2’s latest feature, its Augmented Reality Mode, which inserts the car into its surroundings, allowing you to view it from all sides. “We’re excited to bring the ultimate driving experience of the BMW M2 Competition to CSR2 drivers across the globe, even before it hits real roads,” said BMW marketing exec, Tobias Weber. “Our development team worked in tandem with CSR2 to deliver players the fully-charged exhileration of the BMW M2 Competition, digitally recreating its powerful engine, sleek design and unmatched ability just as it will appear on real-world roads.” What makes the M2 Competition special is its modified … [Read more...] about You Can Now Drive The BMW M2 Competition On CSR Racing 2 Mobile Game
Right now, the hottest BMW on the interwebs is the M2 Competition. It’s the faster, sharper and more dynamic version of enthusiasts’ favorite BMW, so it’s naturally going to get a lot of attention. But now that the BMW M2 Competition has gotten more powerful, more capable and more expensive than the standard car, it’s more in line with another sexy M Division coupe fan favorite — the BMW M4. So if you’re in the market and have the money, which do you buy? Both cars are now freakishly similar. They’re both powered by the same engine, the S55 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6, and make very similar power. The BMW M4 is the more powerful of the two but only slightly, making 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque as-standard. While the BMW M2 Competition makes 410 hp and 406 lb-ft. So both cars have the same amount of torque, but with the M4 making 15 more horses as-standard. Though, it must be said, the M4 has more powerful versions, with the M4 Competition … [Read more...] about Should you buy the BMW M2 Competition or BMW M4?
Oftentimes, people who appreciate really agile cars over ones that are just faster overall, tend to have a lot of love for the BMW M2. First, it’s lighter than an M3 (or an M4 for that matter), so the fact that is has less power is by no means a letdown – especially since the difference in output is not that big. Second, it can be more satisfying to drive than an M3/M4, as many reviewers have pointed out, so that’s something worth taking into account as well. But what about straight line acceleration? You might not care all that much on a beautiful twisty road, but on a track, you also have to deal with straights, which tend to expose any sort of power deficit if they’re long enough. When stock, the difference between these two M cars is as follows: The M3 is worthy of 431 PS (425 HP) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque, while the M2 uses 370 PS (365 HP) and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of its own to handle its business. On paper, the BMW M3 will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 … [Read more...] about The BMW M2 Is Quick Off The Line, But Still No Match For An M3
I had this discussion with someone from inside BMW recently. We were discussing upcoming BMWs and he told me that the next big thing would be the M2 Competition. Although, he didn’t tell me anything about it except confirm what I already knew, that it would be lighter, more powerful and much more aggressive. Then I posed the question of whether or not that would actually be better that way. He looked at me perplexed until I gave my reasoning. See, the BMW M2 is a great car but not because it’s the fastest, most hardcore and most high-performance car in its segment. The BMW M2 is great because it’s simple, honest and pure. It’s a straight-six up front, a six-speed manual (or DCT) in the middle and drive at the back. It doesn’t have a carbon fiber roof, it doesn’t have carbon ceramic brakes and it doesn’t have a ton of power. It doesn’t even have adjustable suspension. Neither did the E46 M3. The BMW M2 is a great car because … [Read more...] about Will the BMW M2 Competition Actually Be Better Than the Standard Car?
You might have seen last week that on the way to the Nurburgring N24 (and on the way back) I thought I’d see what kind of speed I could get out of the BMW M2 I drove there. However, on the return leg I breezed straight past the 155mph mark - where the limiter is supposed to cut in - on a stretch of derestricted autobahn, with the electronic buffers kicking in instead at an indicated 165mph. This lead to quite a bit of speculation in the comments on YouTube. Many concluded that I’d just hit 155mph, and the speedometer was over-reading by a considerable 10mph. Curious to find out the actual speed, I had a look through the GPS data recorded by our TomTom Bandit test camera (the one to the left in the image below) which was also busy capturing my ugly mug. After adding a speed overlay graphic on the accompanying mobile app, I found that I’d hit the limiter at 262.5km/h. In other words 163.1mph, less than 2mph under what the speedometer claimed. This is interesting for … [Read more...] about The BMW M2 Laughs In The Face Of Its Official ‘155mph’ Top Speed
In conjunction with its 40th anniversary in North America, BMW is set to unveil two concept cars at the 2015 Monterey Car Week on August 13. Rumour has it that one the cars could very well be a preview of the new BMW M2, while the other, a hydrogen-powered BMW i8. With nothing else to go by except for a concept steering wheel that has buttons with the words ‘cool’, ‘radio’, ‘alarm’, ‘wiper’, ‘flash’ and ‘PSL’ on it, there’s very little else that one can tell. Perhaps this flappy paddle steering wheel is set to be mounted onto the new i8, which is powered by hydrogen fuel-cell technology. Also interesting is that it has BMW M’s trademark tri-colour stitching. Meanwhile, rumours are rife that the BMW M2 will be previewed at the event. The reasoning behind this is that the M4 Concept was unveiled in the same fashion, at the same venue some two years back. The upcoming BMW M2 coupe is believed to have a … [Read more...] about BMW to premiere two concepts in California – could it be the BMW M2 Concept and a hydrogen-powered i8?
being unveiled in October, the world will finally get to meet the BMW M2 at the Detroit Auto Show. The entry-level M coupe brings 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque from the M TwinPower Turbo engine, as well as an active rear diff and lightweight components. We'll also get close-up looks at the intense exterior design, which seems to have opinion divided opinion concerning its front fascia.The X4 M40i will also storm Detroit, its inline-six M Performance TwinPower Turbo with 355 hp and 343 lb-ft is also making a world debut. This isn't a proper M version of the X4, but there's been heavy revision throughout the crossover-coupe, and it gets special 19-inch wheels to stand out.Elsewhere of note on the stand will be the 330e and 740e plug-in hybrids that we first met in Frankfurt, and the i8 with laser lighting. The press release below has more. … [Read more...] about We’ll finally see the BMW M2 in Detroit
2addicts forum that brought us preliminary specs on the BMW M2 have apparently gotten their hands on the option sheet for what will be the littlest M. Reports indicate 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque from turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six, working through either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch.Other features on the car won't be so replete with choice. According to the options sheet provided by a forum member there's only one wheel style available, 19-inch black numbers, said to be the black light alloy double spoke wheels that can be specced on the M4. There's a parking sensor fitted to the rear, but no sensor option for the front of the car. Navigation Pro and carbon interior inserts are standard, as is the Shadowline black exterior trim, which swaps out chrome trim around the windows and other places for muted black.Among the options will be power heated seats, a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo, and a … [Read more...] about Options sheet for the BMW M2 leaks