Despite the fact this isn't the first time the highest trim level of the BMW's entry-level coupe offering and the corresponding M model share a variety of elements (the USA version of the E36 3 Series chassis comes to mind), the German automaker unveiled a new and much-improved model to serve as the M2's replacement - the 2019 BMW M2 Competition. To combat this, BMW has stuck in the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder inline engine from the M3 (not the Baukasten from the M140i and M240i) albeit detuned to a still healthy 410hp. It also adds a further 50Nm of torque to take the peak figure to 550Nm, pushing the M2 Competition past the five-cylinder Audi TT RS, which has 395bhp and 480Nm. Drive is channelled through the same standard six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes as today's M2.
The rear-drive M2 Competition can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour, limited electronically. 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.
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. Bigger brakes were also added, and the stability control system and power steering were recalibrated.
An enlarged BMW kidney grille and a new front skirt with increased air flow are signs of an improved cooling system. Meanwhile, the exhaust system has been modified with a new muffler. There is an exclusive metallic Hockenheim Silver body paint as well.
It probably won't surprise you to learn there's been a fair amount of excitement at PH around the M2 Competition, from both the members and the staff. The seats are solid-backed race-style buckets with integrated headrests and incorporate an illuminated M2 logo at shoulder height.
Standard safety and driver aid technology includes a forward collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, and a lane departure warning.
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 manual auto hits 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, and you can slice that 0.2 second off that figure with the M DCT box.
The larger grille admits more air to the engine and is joined by a front skirt whose contours are created to direct air around the front of the vehicle for engine cooling and improved aerodynamics.
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