Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
While we’ll happily admit it feels more than a little weird to describe a car that will surely land north of $100,000 as anything even resembling a bargain, with BMW’s incoming M2 Competition we simply have no other choice.
Bargains are all about context, of course. And while it’s hardly a trip to the supermarket for some homebrand (and possibly horse-filled) meatballs, the M2 Competition punches well above its weighty price tag in the performance stakes.
For one, the Competition is more powerful than the M2 is replaces. It stops better, accelerates faster and tackles corners more sweetly, too. Plus, it adds genuine performance kit (an under-bonnet brace, bigger brakes, better aero) and a new pair of buttons on the steering wheel to help you jump to the car's most hardcore settings more quickly.
The cost for all this extra punch? Well... we don't know. But the smart money is on the new car landing at around $105,000 when it arrives in October - only about $5k more than the M2 it replaces. Better still, BMW is working on a stripped-back Pure model that should bring the starting price down to under $100k.
Outside, you can expect lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights and keyless entry (with push-button start). Inside, you'll find sports seats in 'Dakota' leather, a new leather-wrapped M steering wheel and climate-control air-conditioning.