When looking at the prices of the BMW M2 and the BMW M3 with or without the Competition Package one could wonder if the difference is worth it. In case you ever had doubts and weren’t exactly convinced which way to go, the video below might have a part of the answer for you but it’s definitely not showing the full picture. After all, there must be a reason why people call the M2 the best BMW you can buy today, right?
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The footage shows the two cars, in bone-stock guises, going at it in a series of drag races. From rolling races to drag racing they do it all and the results are quite interesting but also point to a clear winner. The power difference between the two is just too big while the weight penalty the M3 has to endure is not enough to set them apart, especially in a straight line. That said, let’s take a look at how they compare on paper.
We don’t have any confirmation but we reckon the two are fitted with the 7-speed DCT gearbox to begin with. That means the M2 has 365 HP and up to 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque to play around with coming from its 3-liter straight six N55 engine and heading to the rear wheels. BMW also claims that it will do 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. As the Vbox results show in the video, the M2 actually did 4.7 seconds to 62 mph which is kind-of off but understandable as you really need to know what you’re doing to get perfect results from standstill.
At the same time, the BMW M3 Competition Package is the enhanced version of the M3, coming with 444 HP and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It will do 62 mph from standstill in 4 seconds flat and will outpace the M2 from there on out as well due to its superior specs. Looking at the weight, the M3 is just 90 lbs heavier than the M2 and that’s not going to bode well for the Coupe. However, take the two out on a track and you might notice that the M2 inspires more confidence and even though it may not be as fast as the M3 it is still a great car to drive.