2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2020 BMW M2 Competition

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Camaro’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the M2 Competition 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2 Competition. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 Competition ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

Engine

The Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 50 more horsepower (455 vs. 405) and 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 245 more horsepower (650 vs. 405) and 244 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro LT1/SS is faster than the BMW M2 Competition (automatics tested):

Camaro

M2

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

9.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.7 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.4 sec

In a Road and Track race course test, the Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe was clocked 2.3 seconds faster than the BMW M2 Competition Coupe (86.6 sec. vs. 88.9 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro LT1/SS Auto gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Competition Auto (16 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The M2 Competition requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 Competition (19 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the M2 Competition.

Brakes and Stopping

The Camaro stops much shorter than the M2 Competition:

Camaro

M2

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

155 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M2 Competition (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M2 Competition’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The M2 Competition’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The M2 Competition’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the M2 Competition (110.7 inches vs. 106 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1 inch wider in the front than the track on the M2 Competition.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the M2 Competition Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the M2 Competition Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the BMW M2 Competition.

Passenger Space

The Camaro Coupe has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M2 Competition (93 vs. 89.7).

The Camaro Coupe has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the M2 Competition Coupe.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The M2 Competition has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The M2 Competition has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Camaro’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2 Competition’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camaro (except LS/LT1) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the BMW M2 Competition isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The M2 Competition isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The M2 Competition has never been chosen.

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