By on May 26, 2020

BMW is ending production of the M2 Competition and M2 CS for the European market this fall. The 370-horsepower coupe proved a hit with enthusiasts, offering a straightforward package reminding us that simplicity is often a virtue, but it’s living on borrowed time on the Old Continent, as is the hardcore 410-hp CS variant.

Why would BMW kill off the car often pointed to by auto journalists as the best in its entire lineup? You’re welcome to hazard a guess, though most, including this outlet, would point to strengthening emission regulations in Europe as the likely offender.

BMW Blog also seemed to think so when it broke the story to the English-speaking world:

Allegedly, the reason for the early end of the M2 production is closely related to the increasingly stringent emissions standards and the demanding requirements for the CO2 emissions of the European new car fleet. The BMW M760i with its V12 engine is another “victim” of these new emission rules.

After the production of the current BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible was recently discontinued in Europe, as planned, the BMW M2 Competition was the last model to use S55 [straight-six, 3.0-liter] TwinTurbo engine. Therefore, adapting the 2014-born engine to the stricter emission requirements simply makes no economic sense.

We’ve since confirmed with BMW that the current-generation M2 will be discontinued in the European market by the end of 2020. BMW did say the model will continue being assembled for other markets, giving some credibility to its death being emissions related. We also don’t know if Bavaria has a successor planned or what timetable it’s hoping to adhere to. BMW may simply want to sit on the current-generation M2 in other markets while it attempts to design something that could cater to all markets.

Rumors suggest a new M2 is already in the works. It’s presumed to use the BMW 2 Series Coupe (G42) that’s supposed to debut in 2021 as its foundation — leading everyone to believe the next M2 (likely arriving in 2022) will be more tech focused than its predecessor, with a shrunken powertrain. While unlikely to negatively impact lap times, the fear is that it will upset the M2’s crowning achievement of being truly engaging to drive.

[Images: BMW]

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31 Comments on “BMW M2 Ends European Production This Fall...”


  • avatar
    thornmark

    better yet, Renault and Nissan abort their merger

  • avatar
    ThomasSchiffer

    The radical and physically impossible [to achieve] CO2 emission regulations of the European Union (also known as EUSSR…) are to blame for this.

    In other news the eco-terrorists of Germany (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) and the DUH (Deutsche Umwelthilfe) are pushing for a motorcycle driving ban for weekends and holidays – the days when the passionate owners of such motorized transports have time to enjoy them. The reason for this ban is both emissions and more importantly ‘noise pollution’.

    If this law gets passed then what will stop these eco-terrorists from demanding a similar weekend/holiday driving ban of classic cars? And from the on other vehicles with internal combustion engines?

    The EU/Germany are pushing EV mobility, which in my honest opinion is both an ecological and commercial mistake.

    • 0 avatar

      EUSSR, LOL. I would add there USSA – United Socialist States of America…

      or UdSSA – United democratic-Socialist States of Amerika

      • 0 avatar
        ThomasSchiffer

        Is it that bad nowadays in the United States? I thought your conservative president Trump was doing everything in his power to stop the spread of the leftist globalist and socialist extremists? Those are sadly the people who are in power in the EU, and in Germany.

        Merkel needs to… fly off….

        • 0 avatar

          I am from California and one party Democratic-Socialist system turned this beautiful state into 3rd world sh!thole. Garbage, army of homeless people and drug addicts on the streets and subways, dirty public transportation no one wants to use, human feces in front of City Hall in SF – imagine that in Europe! Now homeless people are taking over hotels with Governor’s blessing. Regarding POTUS- if he wins again there will be a coup or worse. Uncle Joe, that guy with dementia is hiding in his basement afraid to go outside and actually see real people.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            If California went Republican it would be a return to the good old days where every available square inch of real estate and beachfront would have an oil well on it

            I love the smell of crude early in the morning, it goes so well with the eye-burning smog which would also return

          • 0 avatar
            ThomasSchiffer

            @Inside and Lie2Me,

            What you just described sounds like Berlin, where the Die Linke (the communists), the Greens (radical leftist eco-extremists) and the SPD (the socialists) have power.

          • 0 avatar
            bobbysirhan

            Lie2Me is ruled by irrational fear like every good Nazi.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            They had a Republican Governor less than a decade ago and oil rigs did not pop up everywhere. He even won reelection so he wasn’t terribly unpopular.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “doing everything in his power”

          To play golf, write with Sharpies and umm… umm… and sell hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine.

          His infomercial on ingested disinfectants and shining a light where the sun doesn’t shine went over well.

          Something about a wall… and something about ”
          them” paying for it…. oh wait…. yes… waiting…

          • 0 avatar
            ThomasSchiffer

            @LOU BC

            At least he is physically active. Try saying that about our dictator, I mean ‘chancellor’, Merkel. ;)

          • 0 avatar

            Thomas, don’t get scared – it is USA – you are attacked by army of drones OR Chat-Boxes (in our Silicon Valley lingo) OR you dealing with Chinese Rooms, multiple AI-like personalities. In this scenario the best strategy is ignoring them since their information content is equivalent to the white noise. If you still not convinced – run Turing tests.

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          ThomasSchiffer – if the backwards, brain dead Trumpanzees had their way, we would go back to the Industrial Revolution where making money for a few would be the only thing that mattered. Fortunately, since the “anti mask” thing is becoming a right wing political statement, we can hopefully look forward to a reduction in Trumpanzee count in the near future.

          Golf, while better than sitting on a couch,is hardly excercise. Then again, he has spent what, 230 trips to the course in three years? Good use of the office…not. And he is quoted as saying he won’t have time for golf like Obama as he will be too busy improving the country. Maybe it is good he chooses to golf.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        Inside looking out

        If I wanted a _____ I would have gotten a female dog. If you don’t like America, you are free to leave America. Why don’t you try one of the Republican paradises in central Africa. With lots of War Lords, and very little government.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          The “Love it or Leave it” mantra.

          Blind dumb azz guzzle the lysol, light up the azz following the leader is never good for a country.

          Ironically it is those on the right that are the loudest about thinking for themselves but in practice are the worst.

        • 0 avatar

          I cannot figure out what you may want as an equivalent of female dog. Thank you though for sharing your attitude towards Africa and people who live there.

      • 0 avatar
        Oreguy

        “or UdSSA – United democrat-Socialist States of Amerika”

        …FTFY

  • avatar
    Carrera

    Everyone on electric and solar bikes…that’s the future Thomas. If you don’t embrace it, you will be taxed into it.

    • 0 avatar
      ThomasSchiffer

      That is precisely what the government is doing; the carbon tax we are being punished with (starting 2021) will continually up the price of gasoline and diesel with the intention of forcing people to give up their cars and take public transportation or buy an EV.

      Aside from the lack of EV infrastructure, we in Germany have the highest electricity prices in Europe thanks to Merkel’s disastrous EEG policy. And the price of electricity is steadily on the rise. Either way, if you drive an EV or a conventional car with an internal combustion engine, your individual mobility is becoming steadily more expensive in Germany [Europe].

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Not everyone. Only competent, productive people. Mediocre Dear Leaders and their halfwitted (at best) immediate sycophant army of hangers-on, still “need” to fly to conferences where they discuss how to best keep their betters oppressed.

      While the security apparatus charged with keeping those annoying productives from getting too uppity for the ruling riffraff’s comfort and vanity, will no doubt only get bigger and more powerful MRAPS to drive around in.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @stuki – what you said may be sarcasm but the amount of fuel that the military uses is astronomical even in peace time. Getting the civilian portion of the planet on battery power would be very beneficial to them. The 0.1% wants to keep their corporate/personal yachts and jets.

  • avatar
    lwest

    Trump is an idiot

  • avatar
    lwest

    Trump is an idiot

  • avatar
    namesakeone

    Emissions requirements? I thought a more logical answer (at least if it were an American company, which it isn’t) is that they make more money manufacturing three-row SUVs.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Emissions standards (and we’ll, a general cratering of interest and sales) is why I reluctantly sold my beloved 2014 VW Jetta SW diesel (with manual trans!) before I moved to Germany a few months ago. Not exactly the same as losing a M2, I agree…but the rules are making it harder and seem to be potentially tightening.

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