Ahead of the Beijing Motor Show, BMW has unveiled the 2019 BMW M2 Competition boasting a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine capable of producing 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. However, contemporary road tests of the current M2 automatic have yielded the same result-0-60 in 4.0 seconds flat, the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at 113 miles per hour, 0-to-150 MPH in less than 29 seconds. Drive is channelled through the same standard six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes as today's M2.
A week ago, BMW in Australia managed to reveal what we assumed was a Competition "Pack" for the M2, but now BMW has caught up with the Aussie's mistake it seems this isn't a Competition "Pack" for the M2, but a replacement.
BMW took the cooling system from the M4 Competition, while there's also a lightweight crankshaft and special cylinder liners that help the vehicle get to a 7,600-rpm redline. Top speed of the M2 Competition is electronically governed to 155 miles per hour, 8 MPH slower than the M2. Completing the look are new, optional 19-inch Y-spoke forged alloys and a Competition badge at the rear.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels via BMW's Active M Differential which can alternate the drive based on the steering angle, accelerator position, brake pressure, engine torque, wheel speed and yaw rate.
Along with the new donk, the M2 Competition borrows suspension components from the M3/M4 including a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic strut tower brace for better front-end rigidity, and the M4's bulkhead strut. Don't worry, there's visual changes to distinguish it.
BMW M engineers did not create the M2 competition by just installing a hotter engine in a regular M2, that's not all the job done here. Though the outgoing M2 was a great sports coupe in its own right, it is impressive how much improvement BMW was able to stuff into their most affordable performance model for the 2019 model year.
The M2 Competition's kerb weight is 55kg heavier than the old M2's at 1550kg in six-speed manual guise, largely due to the engine. The various configurations can be combined in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel. Buyers can also pick between orange or blue contrast stitching for the perforated leather seats.
Order books for the BMW M2 Competition open in mid-May, ahead of deliveries starting in August.
The interior of the M2 Competition is distinguished by a pair of aggressively bolstered sport bucket front seats; several M2 logos including an illuminated version in upper part of the driver's seat, and a pair of selector switches that allow the driver to alter throttle profile, steering mode, and the stability control. Driving Assistant is standard and features Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function and Lane Departure Warning.