M2 ready and raring to take on competition
BMW just took an M2 that was already too much fun and made it even better, writes Michael Taylor
The fast-car world was shocked when the pugnacious M2 debuted two years ago. After a run of chunky M cars, the M2 showed a corner might have been turned. It was a BMW that was just, well, right, with plenty of power, poise and performance and now that package just got stronger with the M2 Competition. It’s more of the same, but stronger, better handling and quicker. And it’s glorious. BMW’s M division has also turned a serious problem into the solution nobody knew the wonderful M2 even needed. The M2’s beloved N55 single turbo engine no longer met European WLTP emissions rules, so instead of an expensive rework, M took the far simpler step of just bolting in the M3/M4’s twin-turbo straight six instead. And when it arrives in SA in September it will still get its rear-drive mojo happening via either a seven-speed M-DCT transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, with the delightful surprise of a three-pedal footwell. If the M2 rocked the big engine-little car thing like a boss, the M...