The centrepiece of the new BMW M2 Competition is its new engine, based on the power unit from the M3 and M4. The double-charged 6-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers 410hp between 5250rpm and 7000rpm. The engine’s peak torque of 550Nm is on tap between 2350rpm and 5200rpm.
The power unit boasts an insatiable appetite for revs by turbocharged-engine standards and offers exceptionally linear power delivery across a broad rev range. A dual exhaust system with electronic flap control provides the distinctive M sound, while the M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers outstanding efficiency.
The new M2 Competition with M DCT completes a standard sprint, from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds (4.4 seconds with 6-speed manual gearbox). The top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. The car can be combined with the M Driver’s Package to raise the top speed to 280km/h – 10km/h more than with the BMW M2 Coupé.
The cleverly designed oil supply system for the engine is taken directly from motorsport, while the cooling system from the M4 with Competition Package is also used with some adjustments. The M2 Competition includes race-ready variants of the oil supply and cooling systems that have been tested by many years’ experience in motor racing. An enlarged BMW kidney and a new front skirt with increased air flow are exterior signs that point to the use of this improved cooling system.
The kidney is finished in high-gloss Shadow Line black paint as standard. This is also the case for the side gills on the front wings, and for the redesigned quartet of tailpipes in the twin exhaust system, with two electrically adjustable valves. The dark M Competition Badge graces the rear end of the car. The design of the new double-arm wing mirrors improves the aerodynamics and they are typically characteristic of the new M2 Competition.
BMW M engineers have also adjusted the driving dynamics of the M2 Competition to take the increased performance into account. The striking CFRP high-precision strut from the M3/M4 is immediately noticeable in the engine compartment. This improves front-section rigidity and increases steering precision. The characteristic curves for the electro-mechanical power steering, the Active M Differential and the Dynamic Steering Control (DSC) system have also been adjusted.
The M2 is the first model to be equipped with selector switches on the centre console that allow instant control of the characteristics and settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions, if M DCT is available. The various configurations can be combined with one another in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel. The standard range of equipment now includes the red start/stop button, adaptive LED headlights and front Park Distance Control (PDC).
The new, optional M Sport seat is a real highlight in terms of function and form. The bucket-style shape borrows heavily from motorsport and provides drivers with optimum support, while the headrests are integrated into the seat backrests. Each backrest also features an illuminated M2 logo at shoulder height.
The black leather upholstery boasts design perforations in the seat and backrest, available in blue or orange. The standard sports seats are also available with black leather upholstery, featuring contrast stitching in blue or orange.
The many years of motorsport experience at BMW M GmbH are reflected in the availability of the new M sport brakes, which provide maximum brake performance thanks to larger brake discs (front axle: 400mm diameter, rear axle: 380mm diameter) and brake callipers painted grey (front axle: 6-piston fixed-calliper, rear axle: 4-piston fixed-calliper).
The optional 19-inch forged alloy wheels (front axle: 9J x 19, rear axle: 10J x 19) are also available with the new Y-spoke design. A new metallic paint colour is also now exclusively available for the BMW M2 Competition: Hockenheim Silver.
Read our review of the BMW M2 Coupe.