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The new BMW M2 promises to come off the line swinging with ambitious styling and more power than the previous M2 Competition. However, much like the CS and Competition improved on the first M2, a higher-tier future M2 derivation is something to anticipate. Here’s why we’re excited about the prospect of a new BMW M2 Competition. 

The Competition builds on the M2’s excellence

While there isn’t a Competition model for the new G87 generation 2023 BMW M2, the new baby Bimmer promises to take the M2 name to the next level. The new M2 packs a 453-horsepower S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder mill. BMW says that the mill will be enough to power the new M2 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, that sprint matches the previous generation’s Competition model and its Car and Driver-confirmed 3.9-second run with a manual transmission.

A new BMW M2 Competition is an exciting prospect given how exceptional the old one was.
BMW M2 Competition | BMW

That’s why we’re excited; the previous Competition and CS models took the already incredible driver’s car to new heights. The Competition added bigger brakes, more power, and suspension updates to BMW’s diminutive driver’s car. It’s likely, then, that a new CS or Competition would improve on the upcoming track-day coupe.   

Will there be a 2023 BMW M2 Competition?

BMW hasn’t confirmed a CS or Competition for the 2023 BMW M2. However, there’s a possibility that follow-up model years could introduce a G87 M2 Competition. Excitingly, an updated Competition could include next-level updates, like aero or BMW’s all-wheel drive (AWD) system, xDrive. 

The new BMW M2 is a track-ready beast with new looks.
2023 BMW M2 | BMW

As long as the next CS or Competition doesn’t include as ambitious and expensive a package as the last M4 GTS, we’re excited about a new version. BMW should keep this beloved track and country road companion simple. 

Is the M2 Competition faster than the M2?

The new BMW M2 and Competition model are pretty evenly matched in terms of acceleration. Depending on the transmission, both cars will hit 60 mph in around 4.0 seconds. However, judging these cars by straight-line speed or even lap times is a disservice. Unlike track day toys like the Caterham 7 or a street-legal race car like the McLaren Senna, the BMW M2 is a driver’s car to add joy to real-life driving as well as track time. 

Frankly, it’s unlikely that even a new BMW M2 Competition would keep pace with the range-topping M240i. The M240i will hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds using its 382-horsepower B58 powerplant and xDrive AWD system. Instead, the M2 and its variations live for smile-infused driving with small coupe construction, a manual transmission option, and power sent to the rear wheels.  

Should you wait for a new Competition or CS?

The upcoming 2023 BMW M2 will be a handful. 453 horsepower, a manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and optional performance parts are sure to make for a good time. However, fans who want a next-generation CS or Competition will have to wait. Currently, the marque hasn’t confirmed any plans to build a different version of the new BMW M2, like a Competition or CS. Of course, if you’re not willing to wait, the previous generation M2 Competition is a fierce and fun driver’s car. 

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