The BMW M2 has long been praised by Journalists and experts across the globe as an incredible sports coupe, but have you ever felt like it lacked when it came to power, performance or aesthetic aggression? Well, if so, the all-new BMW M2 Competition is for you – more power, even more performance and even more aggression.
Building upon a platform that was named Top Gear Magazine’s Coupe of the Year in 2016, BMW have taken the M2 and given it a ‘complete reworking’ to make it even more aggressive in the realms of power, performance and style. With an entirely new engine that is based upon the power unit used in the BMW M3 and M4 as the centrepiece of this transformation, the new M2 Competition truly deserves its title as a compact high-performance sports car.
As mentioned, the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine that we are used to in the BMW M2 has now been replaced by a twin-turbocharged straight-six engine with the same displacement.
The change brings with it increased power and torque figures of 410hp and 550nm; which subsequently translate to a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 170mph with the optional ‘M Driver’s Package’.
As with the previous BMW M2, you can have the M2 Competition with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) that offers lightning fast gear changes and features the ability to change the aggression of the gearbox.
Unlike the previous BMW M2, however, BMW have equipped the M2 Competition with a specially designed oil supply system for the engine that has come directly from BMW Motorsport. They’ve also gifted the BMW M2 Competition with the high-performance cooling system that was originally found in the BMW M4 Competition Package.
Helping the M2 Competition to use its additional power, BMW have fitted larger brakes and retuned both the Dynamic Steering control (DSC) and stability control systems. Already commended for its handling ability, these tweaks have amplified the car’s driving experience whilst making some of the control systems less intrusive at extreme angles.
Styling wise, subtle tweaks on both the interior and exterior have been used to hint at the M2 Competition’s additional abilities. At the front, a redesigned M kidney grille takes pride of place whilst aerodynamically optimised wing mirrors hint at the new focus on aerodynamics and quad tailpipes, finished in black chrome, complete the package.
On the interior, new optional M Sport seats are now available with illuminated M2 logos in the shoulders and the mode selector switches have been moved to the centre console for the first time.
We can’t wait to bring you more on the insatiable new BMW M2 Competition in the coming weeks. What are your thoughts on this fantastic new M car? We’d love to read your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.