While info about the BMW M2 Competition has leaked out previously, it’s only now that full and official details have come out. As expected, it has a lot more cool features as well as power gains compared to the M2 coupe.
Let us first talk about what’s under the hood. Well, it has been made more powerful and now comes with a 3.0 liter biturbocharged inline six engine that has an output of 405 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque. That makes it have 40 hp and 63 lb ft more than the current M2’s engine. This is paired to a standard six manual transmission, and it can hit the zero to 60 miles per hour sprint in only 4.2 seconds.
With the seven speed dual clutch, it can then dispatch the benchmark in four seconds flat. As for top speed, it remains limited to 155 miles per hour as standard, but that can be increased to 174 miles per hour without the M Driver’s package, which is more than the 2018 model with 168 mph.
According to the Bavarian automaker, the engine’s cooling system has been adapted from the M4 Competition. There is a special baffling in the oil system, and a supplementary oil pump to make sure the engine stays healthy even in high-G cornering. As you can see, the new M2 Competition also has enlarged grille openings up front to ingest more cooling air.
The new model’s exhaust system ensures that it sounds exciting too. Four of its tips are finished in black chrome, and it has two electronically controlled flaps that open and close to make things loud or soft, depending on which mode you are on.
Handling has been given upgrades too, with the carbon fiber reinforced plastic strut brace, as well as the aluminum axles from the M3/M4. Meanwhile, the Active M Differential allows you to adjust locking based on the driving situation.
To slow things down, the M2 Competition gets larger brakes, now with 15.7 inch front discs clamped by six piston calipers, together with 14.9 inch rear discs with four piston calipers.
One update that definitely has to be mentioned would be the addition of M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel. This lets the driver preset driving modes and select them easily. Customers could choose from either blue or orange accent trim for the M Sport bucket seats, and the engine start/stop button is now in red. Also, the M2 logos on the seats light up at night too. As expected, it comes standard with most of the standard safety features too.
M2 Competition definitely stands out from the crowd, with all of its exterior trim elements having been blacked out. There is also an M Competition badge on the trunk.
This summer, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition will begin selling. To be clear, this model will be a replacement of the standard M2, rather than an upgrade.