The BMW M2 is one of the best sports cars on the market today. With its combination of rear-wheel drive, turbocharger and great balance, it's one of the BMWs we've been driving for years. For this even tougher M2 Competition, it goes without saying that we are sitting on the edge.
For the beginning, the M2 Competition gets a new engine: the S55 Twin-Turbo I6 from the BMW M3 and M4. In M2's competitive service, this engine produces 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, increases of 40 and 63, respectively, over the M2 standard. Both six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions will be available, the latter with adjustable shift programming. The added power means the M2 Competition with the DCT sprints flat to 60 mph in just four seconds, or 4.2 with the manual, both 0.2 second improvements above the M2.
BMW fits the M2 Competition with a new exhaust system, with two electronically controlled flaps designed to deliver "the unmistakable BMW M sound". That's all well and good, but we hope this thing sounds better than the unfortunate M3 and M4, which use a similar setup. Fingers crossed.
To complement the increase in performance, the M2 Competition receives a number of chassis improvements, which were also adopted by his siblings M3 / M4. Aluminum-intensive front and rear axles are stronger and improve stability. Under the bonnet, the carbon fiber strut of the M3 / M4 supports the stiffness on the front end.
Recalibrated steering and stability control systems distinguish the competition from other M2s, although we hope that the new steering structure will not be as numb and artificial as in M3 and M4. An electronic limited-slip differential also helps control the power at the rear axle of the vehicle, and larger M Sport brakes ̵
In the cabin, the M2 Competition M gets sports seats with illuminated M logos ( of course they light up). Otherwise, the interior is largely adopted from the standard M2, with the exception of center console selectors for various M modes, stability control settings, and switching logic on DCT-equipped models.
Look for the 2019 M2 Competition at BMW dealers this summer. The prizes will be announced closer to the start, but expect to start well above the base price of $ 54,400.