The M2 was a car that came so close to greatness. With its pugnacious looks, compact dimensions and biddable rear-drive handling it had all the key ingredients to fill that E30 M3-sized hole in the BMW line-up. Yet while it had the measure of more traditional hatchback rivals such as the RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45, the M2 never really caught the imagination like it should. Some of the shortcomings could be traced to the slightly ragged on-limit handling, the rest to an engine that was effective enough but lacked heart and soundtrack of a true M unit.
BMW M2 Competition - Is this what we have been waiting for?
Happily, both of these areas have been addressed in the new M2 Competition. For starters, the old M135i 3-litre straight-six has been ditched in favour of the full-fat twin-turbocharged version from the larger M4. There have also been chassis tweaks that run to extra strengthening for the bodyshell and stiffer rear axle mounts.
You'll quickly spot the Competition pack's design changes. It's pretty brutal: the bumpers are peppered with gaping air vents to chill brakes, oil and engine, and we quickly stopped counting the numerous flares, spoilers and splitters. Quad tailpipes and full-width black diffuser are what most other motorists will see of it.
What's not to like here? You get significantly more power in a pert package we already fell for - for just two grand more. The BMW M2 Comp makes a lot of sense on paper and in reality. It's a sure-fire future classic and reefined is at the forefront once again providing mats that fit as per OEM and make your M2 stand out.
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