BMW M2 Competition: M2 With More Everything

BMW has taken the M2 and ramped it up to make the M2 Competition. More power, more grip, and more aggressive looks turn the M2 up to M11.

It starts with the 3.0L twin-turbo inline six. The engine boosts the M2 45 hp and 63 lb-ft to 410 hp and 406 lb-ft. The engine is based on the powerplant from the 2018 BMW M3. It's paired with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. It will blast to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. Just quicker than the old M2, but expect much more acceleration on the road and on track.

The engine gets additional cooling borrowed from the M4 Competition that should give it plenty of capacity to keep this M2 cool. The engine can scream to 7,600 rpm and has oil pan baffling and an extra pump to keep the blood pumping in corners.

It's also fitted with a dual exhaust with electronically controlled flaps to bring the noise when your right foot is planted in the carpet.

The Competition is fitted with special 19-inch forged wheels with wonderfully delicate looking thin spokes. Peek through those wheels at the optional larger M Sport brake discs and upgraded callipers. The steering has been tweaked, and the stability control is adjusted to let drivers hang the tail out with less computer intervention. The Active M differential can vary between 0 and 100 percent lock, preventing inside rear wheel spin, but also helping avoid understeer. A carbon front brace adds rigidity while minimizing extra weight. The suspension uses new elastomer bushings and aluminum rear suspension parts.

Helping you to sport the Competition model, the front bumpers get larger BMW kidneys painted black, along with bigger air intakes. The tailpipes are also black, with a more prominent diffuser. The double arm side mirrors are also unique to the Competition.

Inside are massively bolstered sports seats with Alcantara trim and a choice of blue or orange highlights. There are two selector switches on the console that allow the driver to pick engine, steering, and stability control settings. Two steering wheel buttons marked M1 and M2 allow pre-programmed settings so the driver can choose quickly between comfort and sport, or whatever two they decide to set. LED headlights are now standard, along with parking sensors.

The M2 Competition is expected this summer, and BMW says it is replacing the standard M2.

More power, better handling, more noise 4/18/2018 1:07:36 PM