Modified BMW F87 M2 Competition By R44 Performance

Building a BMW F87 M2 CS for 50% off!

Modifying a BMW F87 M2 Competition to be better than the £80,000+ M2 CS!

Since its release in 2020, the limited edition BMW F87 M2 CS has been loved by enthusiasts for its dynamic handling characteristics, small and fantastic chassis and the fact it was available with three pedals.

The only problem was, they were (and still are) very expensive. The BMW F87 M2 CS had a base price of £75,000 which was nearly £25,000 more than the BMW F87 M2 Competition. On the used market, there's an even bigger gap with M2 Competitions advertised for as low as £30,000 whereas examples of the M2 CS are listed as high as £85,000!

So, what justifies the difference? The CS model enjoyed an increased power output of 444bhp, the same as the F8X M3 and M4 Competition pack cars. The CS also got reworked suspension, forged Y-spoke alloy wheels and a few other visual upgrades on the exterior and interior.

This got us thinking - all this could be done aftermarket for a fraction of the price.

If you don't care about the collector status and actually want to enjoy the F87 M2 CS experience, then why not build your own?

The Base BMW F87 M2 Competition

We purchased this stunning 2020 BMW F87 M2 Competition in Long Beach Blue from our good friends at EAG Specialist Cars for around £38,000. This is towards the higher end of what these cars can be picked up for now, however this was before the Q4 2023 decline in the car market and this example was very low mileage.

It was actually an AC Schnitzer car which already came with some nice upgrades. This included an AC Schitzer carbon kit, rear wing and aftermarket wheels.

Our plan to build a Club Sport Spec BMW F87 M2 Competition

'CS' - standing for 'Club Sport' - meant we needed to address several areas of the car to match or even better the M2 CS' looks and performance.

  • Exterior Styling
  • Interior Styling
  • Engine Power & Performance
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust

Exterior Styling

BMW F87 M2 Competition Modified By R44 Performance

To give our BMW M2 Competition a more aggressive club sport look, we turned to MHC LDN for a more aggressive pre-preg carbon fibre GT-style front splitter to pair with the AC Schnitzer side skirts that were already on the car. We weren't a big fan of the winglets on the M2 CS' carbon lip so this was the perfect alternative!

BMW F87 M2 Competition Carbon Fibre Front Splitter
BMW F87 M2 Competition CSL Yellow DRL Modules

Sticking with the club sport theme, we fitted some R44 CSL-yellow daytime running light modules to bring a touch of the race track to the front of the car.

BMW F87 M2 Competition Rear Wing
BMW F87 M2 Competition Akrapovic Rear Diffuser

To match the bold looks of the rear wing, we installed an Akrapovic carbon fibre rear diffuser which looks stunning - not to mention the impeccable quality of the carbon composite.

Additionally, we upgraded the body-coloured wing mirrors with some MHC LDN pre-preg carbon fibre replacement covers for a more premium look.

BMW F87 M2 Competition Carbon Fibre Wing Mirror Covers
BMW F87 M2 Competition With Titan 7 T-D6E Forged Alloy Wheels

To finish off the exterior, we gave our F87 M2 Competition some new shoes in the form of some Titan 7 forged T-D6E lightweight alloy wheels finished in Hybrid Dark Machine. We had previously been running a set of Bola FP3 satin black forged alloy wheels which also looked amazing. With wheels, as long as you're benefitting from the reduction in unsprung weight, the design is entirely up to your personal preference.

Bola FP3 Forged Alloy Wheels In Satin Back

Interior Styling

As we move inside the car, we find the OEM steering wheel re-trimmed in alcantara. Behind the wheel, the car benefits from a set of JQ Werks Madtrace magnetic paddle shifters which give you a nice audible 'click' sound when pulling gears through the DCT gearbox. If you start off with a manual BMW M2 Competition, you'll already be very engaged with the act of changing gears but, for DCT cars, these paddle shifters are a game changer.

BMW F87 M2 Competition Alcantara Steering Wheel
JQ Werks Madtrace Magnetic Paddle Shifters

In the future, we'll definitely look at fitting some more carbon pieces from SHFT such as the handbrake lever, gear selector and surround.

Engine & Performance

In terms of performance, we needed a slight bump in power to match the 444bhp of the M2 CS. However, we wanted to see gains a bit higher than that with a Stage 2 remap from Tom Wrigley Performance, taking power to around 550bhp although we didn't put the car on the dyno to get exact figures.

Supporting mods to facilitate this power increase include a full CSF Radiators S55 cooling package, Eventuri intake system, and an upgraded exhaust which we'll touch on shortly.

CSF Radiators BMW S55 Engine Cooling Package
CSF Radiators BMW S55 Engine Cooling Package

Brakes

The BMW F87 M2 CS features the same 2NH front brake setup as our M2 Competition meaning identical braking performance as standard. However, we wanted to take things to the next level with uprated discs and pads from EBC Brakes.

EBC's front brake discs are floating and grooved which improves durability and cooling. The EBC Bluestuff brake pads are more grabby then standard and the compound is tougher. Pair this with some Castrol high performance brake fluid and reduce fade on the track.

BMW F87 M2 Competition EBC Brake Discs
BMW F87 M2 Competition EBC Brake Pads

Suspension & handling

This is the most important area of the project. We wanted our M2 Competition to handle better than a CS. To achieve this, we fitted a set of KW Suspension V3 coilovers which absolutely transform the car's handling whilst offering some great adjustability. The technology and testing built in to KW's V3 system is incredible with adjustable rebound and compression as well as a wide lowering range.

We got the coilovers professionally set up alongside the Suspension Secrets bushes and camber plates. We then followed this with a wheel alignment from Geo By Luke and the car now feels unbelievably planted with no noticeable body roll and great stability and composure at higher speeds. The steering also feels much sharper and more responsive, although the lightweight wheels are definitely a contributing factor.

Exhaust

BMW F87 M2 Competition Remus Racing Exhaust
BMW F87 M2 Competition Remus Racing Exhaust

As we were going for a club sport spec, we didn't want to go too crazy with the exhaust. The aim was to retain the vehicle's catalytic converters and OPF filters and just improve flow through the rear silencer with a deeper and nicer tone. The perfect solution was the Remus racing OPF-back exhaust system which features a redesigned backbox with better flow without losing the OEM valve functionality.

BMW F87 M2 Competition Remus Racing Exhaust
BMW F87 M2 Competition Remus Racing Exhaust

Full List of Modifications

  • MHC+ GT Style Front Splitter
  • AC Schnitzer Side Skirts
  • AC Schnitzer Rear Wing
  • Akrapovic Rear Diffuser
  • MHC+ Wing Mirror Covers
  • R44 CSL-Yellow DRL Modules
  • Titan T-D6E Forged Alloy Wheels In Hybrid Dark Machine
  • Genuine BMW 50th Anniversary Front Roundel
  • Genuine BMW 50th Anniversary Rear Roundel
  • JQ Werks Clubsport Magneti Paddle Shifters
  • SHFT Alcantara Steering Wheel
  • Tom Wrigley Performance Stage 2 Engine Software
  • CSF Front Mount Heat Exchanger
  • CSF Auxiliary Side Radiators
  • CSF Engine Oil Cooler
  • CSF DCT Transmission Cooler
  • CSF Top Mount Charge Cooler
  • MMR Charge Pipes
  • Eventuri Intake System
  • EBC 2-Piece Floating Front Brake Discs
  • EBC 2-Piece Floating Rear Brake Discs
  • EBC Bluestuff Front Brake Pads
  • EBC Bluestuff Rear Brake Pads
  • Castrol High Performance Brake Fluid
  • KW Automotive V3 Coilover Kit
  • Suspension Secrets Solid Bushes
  • Suspension Secrets Camber Plates
  • Remus Racing OPF-Back Exhaust System
  • Carbon Fibre Engine Cover
  • Goldenwrench Supply Billet Engine Caps
  • Goldenwrench Supply Rear Light Overlays
  • Acexxon Rear Reflector Inserts

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.