BMW M2 Competition revealed, gets S55 M3/M4 twin-turbo engine

BMW M2 Competition revealed, gets S55 M3/M4 twin-turbo engine

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Although the figure is slightly down on the M3/M4's 317kW output, the broad spread of power and torque should transform the little M2 into a real beast. BMW claims the 2019 M2 Competition makes the 0-60mph sprint in 4.0 seconds with the optional DCT, or 4.2 seconds when the gears are manually shifted.

Leasing rates are to be confirmed, but the M2 Competition is priced from £49,285otr when it arrives next month - more than £3,000 more than the outgoing car's basic list price. This allows the engine to redline at 7,600rpm. The vehicle has an oil supply system taken from motorsport and uses a revised version of the cooling system from the M4 with Competition Package.

Order books for the BMW M2 Competition open in mid-May, ahead of deliveries starting in August. Same basic concept-small coupe, lots of power, athletic responses-with the addition of even more thrust.

This quad-exhaust system features electronically-controlled flaps that can be open, or closed, from the cockpit to alter the volume of the engine, the website reports. The front end adapts BMW's high-performance struts from the M3 and M4, including enhanced bracing for increased rigidity, and the 5-link rear suspension features forged aluminum components.

The Competition's stability control has been recalibrated to allow greater driver freedom than before - M Dynamic mode allows more wheelspin for drifting and powersliding on track.

As standard the Competition will use 380mm front and 370mm rear discs, with an optional upgrade package comprised of 400mm/380mm discs alongside six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. The metallic Sunset Orange color had already featured on other BMW M Performance Models, but this marks the debut for the exclusive new metallic Hockenheim Silver paint.

Inside, there are M2 Competition sill plates, there a illuminated M2 logos on the backrests, there's a choice of blue or orange perforated sections on the black leather seats, BMW M stripes have been woven into the seats.

The new variant can be distinguished from its single-turbo sibling by its re-shaped front air skirt, black exhaust tips and gloss black grille and side vents. The center console becomes home to selector switches for the engine, steering, and the drive-logic of the dual-clutch transmission, if chosen. We've learned that the Competition is not just an option package, it has replaced the M2 completely. There's also an array of driver-assistance systems including autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and parking sensors with a rear-view camera for extra help reversing.

  • Terrell Bush