BMW M2 Competition breaks another unusual record (video)

August 24, 2018

BMW is continuing its quest to take out existing records set by humans. The next stunt will include strapping a sword to the rear of an M2 Competition and cutting things down. Yep.

Just a few weeks after BMW’s M division released a pretty obscure promotion of the M2 Competition popping 79 balloons in a minute with a laser beam of all things, its marketing team is back with an even more obscure record to break.

This time an M2 Competition is being fitted with what looks like a samurai’s katana in an effort to cut through at least 87 straw poles with a series of drifts and handbrake maneuvres.

In that span of one minute, the M2 Competition appears to have cut 117 straws, beating the goal of 87. It makes a clear statement to those customers out there – with a spare $100,000 – interested in strapping swords to the outside of their car, that the M2 Competition is the outright champion, and thus the car for you.

Just as a refresher, the M2 Competition is the most hardcore 2 Series offering to date. It’s coming to Australia in two forms: the semi-stripped back M2 Competition Pure, priced from $99,990, while a top-of-the-range M2 Competition will set you back $104,900.

Both models are powered by the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine producing 302kW/550Nm of torque. It’s a detuned version of the ‘S55′ BMW M engine powering the M3 and M4.

The engine comes matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, coupled with rear-wheel drive power delivery. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual at no added cost, and acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 4.2 seconds. See the video below for how it performed in the stunt.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.