BMW USA Formally Unveils the M2 Competition

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

BMW is yet to announce the pricing; expected to be before the launch of M2 Competition this summer.

The inline-6 is a version of the engine from the M3 and M4. The engine uses a oil supply system derived from BMW's motorsports program, and it is created to prevent oil starvation during aggressive track driving.

Those figures represent an increase of 30kW and a beefy 85Nm over the standard M2, enough to chop a tenth from the M2's zero to 100km/h acceleration for a new figure of 4.2 seconds when the dual-clutch automatic is bolted in. BMW gives drivers selector switches in the center console that allow for control of the engine, steering, and Drivelogic functions if M DCT is available. The silver is an M2 Competition exclusive color.

The rear-drive M2 Competition can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour, limited electronically.

An upgraded braking system is added to the 2019 M2 Competition, which utilizes 6-piston calipers in the front, 4-piston calipers in the rears, and larger brake disks all around than the 2018 M2.

The six-speed manual gearbox will be the traditionalists' choice, but with rev-matching to blip the accelerator on downshifts and reduce engine revs when changing up through the gears, technology makes gearshifts smoother and faster.

Other aesthetic revisions include the trademark kidney grille painted black as well as the side gills.

As for the electromechanical M Servotronic steering with M Dynamic Mode, BMW has adjusted the steering curve.

If specified with the seven-speed M DCT auto, the M2 Competition gets steering-wheel paddles and three drive modes to alter shifting characteristics including aggressiveness and speed. 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 new M2 Competition stands out with tons of visual changes to its exteriors, while the tuned up engine punches out power like never before. But BMW adds that the Competition's performance on wet or slippery roads is also improved, thanks in part to an Active M Differential. The various configurations can be combined with one another in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.

So what's new? Well, the price has gone up - by around £3000 to a starting price of £49,285 now - but power has gone up too, from 365 to 404bhp (that's 370 to 410ps). The seats are solid-backed race-style buckets with integrated headrests and incorporate an illuminated M2 logo at shoulder height.

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