Who’s BMW M2 Going To Battle With?

BMW M2, Models | October 15th, 2015 by 6
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Finally, BMW M2 is out! The much awaited sports car was revealed this week and brings all the goodies we’ve been expecting. The sheer magnitude …

Finally, BMW M2 is out! The much awaited sports car was revealed this week and brings all the goodies we’ve been expecting. The sheer magnitude of people that expressed a desire to own this small performance beast is staggering. No wonder people are buzzing about the M2 all over the Interwebs.

The BMW M2 uses a brand-new six-cylinder in-line engine, with M TwinPower Turbo technology and three-liter displacement, developing 272 kW/370 hp with peak torque of 465 Nm / 343 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) can be increased to as much as 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in short bursts under overboost. All of that tech and power allows the M2, with the optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) in place and Launch Control activated, to sprint from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds (4.5 s with the six-speed manual gearbox).

The top speed of the new BMW M2 is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). If the M Driver’s Package – which includes a BMW Driving Experience voucher for a track training course – is specified, this cut-off point doesn’t arrive until 270 km/h (168 mph).

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The M2 will be priced from 56,000€ in Germany. This is roughly translated into around $52,000 for the North American market – that is if the current pricing differences between US and German market is an indication. So if you are about to pull the trigger on the BMW M2, what alternatives would you consider in the same price/power range?

2016 Ford Focus RS

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Ford engineers have confirmed that the 2016 Ford Focus will pack 350 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. While 20 horsepower shy of the BMW M2, the Focus RS is the darling of the entry level performance hatch/sedan world. It comes with an all-wheel drive feature, great exterior looks and it packs some great performance – a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in as low as 4.7 seconds. Estimated MSRP sets it around $36,800 when it becomes available in United States starting next year.

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

Released this year, the Porsche Cayman GT4 is the ultimate version of Porsche’s small sports coupe. It is priced at $84,600 – that if you can find it anywhere – thus significantly more expensive than the BMW M2. It comes with a flat-six engine is equipped with direct fuel injection that develops 385 horsepower allowing the vehicle to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.2 seconds. If you want to come a bit closer to M2’s price range, then the Porsche Cayman S will do the trick. For a car developing 325 horsepower that sprints from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds, you will have to pay around $64,000 and it gives you one heck of a car overall as well.

2015 Audi RS3

Starting at 53,390€, the 2015 Audi RS3 competes directly with the BMW M2 on several levels. It comes with a 2.5 Liter TFSI engine producing 367 horsepower and 465 Nm of torque and the Quattro all-wheel drive system. It can sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in as little as 4.3 seconds – same as the BMW M2. Unfortunately, Audi doesn’t sell the RS3 in USA right now. You can however order the slightly less powerful, but now available, Audi S3 Sedan.

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG


While it may not be as track oriented as the BMW M2, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is certainly a capable competitor. It features an AMG tuned 2.0 liter turbo charged engine delivering a nice 355 horsepower, allowing the vehicle to sprint from standstill to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Price is set at $48,500 MSRP, making it somewhat cheaper than the estimated M2 pricing. It comes with a four-door layout and many luxurious items, specific to this segment.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C


The darling of the automotive world. The epitome of Italian design and passion, all combined with impressive performance – This is the Alfa Romeo 4C. The super sporty two-door roadster brings an exciting level of fun and performance in the segment. Its pricing is set at MSRP $53,900, around the same levels as the BMW M2. The car is powered by a 237 hp, 258 lb-ft torque turbocharged inline-four, with a top speed of 160 mph and a weight-to-power ratio of 10.4 lbs/hp. With a 4.1 second 0-62mph (0-100km/h) sprint time, it certainly is no slouch by any means.

6 responses to “Who’s BMW M2 Going To Battle With?”

  1. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    that ford exterior makes the audi look really basic

  2. Vincent says:

    this is very stiff competition for the baby M car. When the 1M was released, it was limited and didn’t have the 4C, CLA, GT4 to contend with.

    Move forward to now and we have better mid engine RWD dedicated drivers cars like the 4C and GT4. Furthermore we have better passenger cars with rear doors and 4WD grip like the Focus RS, CLA45 (sedan and wagon) and RS3.

    compared with current competition, the 2M is burdened with the weight of hard to access rear seats and no AWD to help it off the line… I think the M2 looks good but I don’t know if it has enough looks to win these battles.

    • Reino-five-five-oh says:

      Agreed. The M2 is only going to be purchased by BMW enthusiasts who believe the M4 has ‘lost it’s roots’ or something along those lines.

    • Vanja Kljaic says:

      Agreed, it’s going to be a stiff race. However, the BMW M2 is far more track oriented than many of the vehicles we have added. In my personal opinion, the major difference is that lightweight, let’s get it rolling through tight twists and bends efficiently, than it is to give it a straight line speed. But we’ll have to wait for real life benchmarks to gauge that aspect perfectly. I do like it though!

    • TheBingoBalls says:

      The M2 is going to do fine. It’s not going to be the best and it’s not going to be the worse. There is no doubt there is more stiffer compeition around and regardless if you’re a BMW enthusiast or casual fan, you know what you’re getting with the M2. Also, with the M2 having limited production, there’s going to be no problem selling all the allocations.

      The M2 is faster around the 1M and E92 M3 around a track so if you’re worried about performance, you shouldn’t be.

    • janon says:

      Stiff competition? It’s non existent competition. The CLA45 in *any* reasonable spec is into the 60s for driving dynamics that aren’t even M2 ballpark.

      RS3 isnt in the US and is a polarizing hot hatch package. The S3 is a Golf R, just worse and for an extra 10 grand. That car sells purely to the uninformed. It’s a complete ripoff

      The Porsches are idiotically expensive. And every single thing is an option. Cayman S is a REAL WORLD 80k car. Msrp is BS when base equipment lacks *everything*

      The only competition for the M2 is “market price adjustments” and potentially Mustang / Camaro.

      M2 is a 57k car once the stupidity stops with markups. Nothing else is close

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