2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the M2 Competition and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The M2 Competition’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the M2 Competition’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 109 more horsepower (405 vs. 296) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 295) than the F-Type P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (405 vs. 340) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 332) than the F-Type P340’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (405 vs. 380) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 339) than the F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Transmission

The M2 Competition offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The F-Type doesn’t offer a manual 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 F-Type doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

M2 Competition

F-Type

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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 F-Type’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

The M2 Competition has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M2 Competition’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the F-Type (106 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

The M2 Competition Coupe handles at 1.01 G’s, while the F-Type P300 Coupe pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M2 Competition Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the F-Type P300 Coupe (24 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25.4 seconds @ .73 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the BMW M2 Competition amounts to more than styling. The M2 Competition has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the M2 Competition go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the M2 Competition get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The M2 Competition has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M2 Competition easier. The M2 Competition’s trunk lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the F-Type’s liftover is 33.3 inches.

Ergonomics

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M2 Competition has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The F-Type 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 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 F-Type.

With standard voice command, the M2 Competition offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its October 2016 issue and they ranked the BMW M2 Competition Coupe higher than the Jaguar F-Type SVR.

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The M2 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The F-Type hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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