2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The M2 Competition has standard City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The M2 Competition’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M2 Competition has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The M2 Competition’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camaro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the M2 Competition and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The M2 Competition comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The M2 Competition’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M2 Competition for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Camaro.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the M2 Competition has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the M2 Competition has a standard 900-amp battery. The Camaro’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 15 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 130 more horsepower (405 vs. 275) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 295) than the Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (405 vs. 335) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 284) than the Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW M2 Competition is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro (automatics tested):

M2 Competition

Camaro V6

Camaro LT1/SS

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

5.2 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

12.5 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

13.8 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

104 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the M2 Competition Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro LT1/SS Manual (18 city/25 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the M2 Competition’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Camaro doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M2 Competition’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camaro doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The M2 Competition offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Camaro doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camaro:

M2 Competition

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro ZL1

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

15.35 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

12.4 inches

14.4 inches

The M2 Competition’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The M2 Competition stops much shorter than the Camaro:

M2 Competition

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the M2 Competition has larger rear tires than the Camaro (265/35R19 vs. 245/50R18).

The M2 Competition’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M2 Competition has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Camaro.

Chassis

The M2 Competition is 1 foot shorter than the Camaro, making the M2 Competition easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the M2 Competition has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The M2 Competition Coupe has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The M2 Competition Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (13.8 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The M2 Competition’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The M2 Competition’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M2 Competition offers cargo security. The Camaro’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the M2 Competition the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The M2 Competition has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The M2 Competition’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M2 Competition detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M2 Competition has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Camaro doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M2 Competition also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The M2 Competition’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

The M2 Competition has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camaro.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the M2 Competition has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

Recommendations

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its October 2016 issue and they ranked the BMW M2 Competition Coupe four places higher than the Chevrolet Camaro RS Coupe.

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2018.

The M2 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

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