Report: BMW M2 Competition Package Heading to the US

BMW M2, Rumors | August 17th, 2017 by 15
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For months now we’ve been patiently watching a camouflaged BMW M2 doing the rounds on the Nurburgring, all the while wondering what could possibly be …

For months now we’ve been patiently watching a camouflaged BMW M2 doing the rounds on the Nurburgring, all the while wondering what could possibly be hiding under that psychedelic wrap. While various sources claimed that this is a CS version it would appear like the Germans have tricked us once again, if we’re to believe a recent report from Car and Driver. According to them, a recent 177-page document leaked online shows the chassis codes and various other details about upcoming BMWs.

This list is the source of the recent claim that the upcoming BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra will be differentiated by a couple of interesting details. We reported a while back that the Z4 will be available with both automatic and manual gearboxes while the Supra will only be available with the former choice. Well, this time, the BMW F87 M2 takes the spotlight as the list clearly states that a ‘F87 M2 Competition’ is in the making with both a manual and 7-speed DCT gearbox and offered for both left-hand and right-hand driving countries.

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Unfortunately, this list doesn’t also provide technical details about the upgrades included in this Competition Package version. However, we can use the M3 and M4 Competition Package models to get a clue as to what it may entail. Just like on its bigger brothers, the M2 will most likely get a reworked suspension as well as an improved trick differential at the back. The biggest question remains the horsepower level of the engine under the hood.

As you very well know, the M2 uses an upgraded version of the N55 engine taken up to 370 HP and taking it even further might be too risky for BMW to try it out. Another choice could be the usage of a downgraded version of the S55 mill with under 400 HP. This way, the upcoming, confirmed BMW M2 CS will get over 400 HP to set it apart from the Competition Package without stepping on the toes of the M4. The best bit of news about the Competition Package M2 is that, if it does enter production, it won’t be a limited-run model like the CS is expected to be.

15 responses to “Report: BMW M2 Competition Package Heading to the US”

  1. bmw driver says:

    “taking it even further might be too risky for BMW to try it out.”

    Come on, N55B30TO in the M2 will put out a safe 500hp with a turbo swap, intercooler and tune. The detuned S55 is simply cheaper than engineering and testing a separate variant of the N55 to fit a chassis that is on its way out. And the M2 CP will undoubtedly be faster than any M4 short of the GTS. The standard version is already right up there with the M4 CP, an extra 50hp will put it ahead for sure.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yes. But that’s getting into M4 CS territory

      • Terry Cowan says:

        These # debates always crack me up: apparently driver/weather/track are always the same, so it’s just about the engineering stats. Oh, did you also know BMWs cost too much? And they charge $ for their options! How many manufacturers even offer competition packages nowadays? No 500 hp. small coupe could be sold in America – too many lawyers.

        • bmw driver says:

          What numbers are you talking about? I own an M2, and have done two full track days driving M4s, M3 and M2s around the same track back to back, in addition to several track days in my own M2. I know from experience that all else being equal, an M2 with 400hp will easily beat an M4 CP and that stock for stock, it’s a driver’s race. If you’d ever driven the cars we’re talking about, you’d know that too.

          • Terry Cowan says:

            Driving is what I’m talking about, reducing a BMW to #s like it’s a Hellcat is laughable, like the new M5 is only its 0-60 or an M2 needs 500 hp. An engineer friend who used to race has owned an RX7, WRX, sold his E-Type Roadster to Dubai, but the one he’s had longest is his Lotus Super 7, with his Ford 1.6 l. racing engine. 200 hp. I was happy with the 170 hp. In my CSA, but the 300 hp. In the 135i was nice, too. Right now I have 100 hp. in a city where traffic never goes over 40 km/h. Don’t even know where a track is. Don’t need to. Another benefit of old age.

    • Gabriel Nica says:

      That’s the thing. The Competition Package will never get an extra 50 HP. Maybe 20 at most. The focus will be on other areas of the car that could use improvements.

    • bmw driver says:

      Maybe I wasn’t clear. A 400hp M2 will be *faster* on virtually every track than any M4 except the GTS. Stock car makes around 375 hp. 20 more is 400 and legit M4 butt kicking territory. A tune alone gets you 420hp in a N55 M2. I can’t imagine the M2 CS will make less than 400hp.

    • Terry Cowan says:

      Yes, you have referenced a 500 hp. M2.

  2. recursiveiterator says:

    All interesting info from this source always finds its way to Horatiu’s mailbox on time (wink wink). Since this is a 6 (I think) month old version, you’re basically reposting what you already reported back in the early spring. Moreover, this document was published and discussed on Bimmerpost in April or May. Supra people are waaaay behind on this leak.

  3. bmwm2driver says:

    This is not a “Competition Pack” like the M3/M4. In this case, “Competition” = “CS”. Regular zcp comp packs don’t get their own model line and code….

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