S55-powered 2019 BMW M2 Competition unveiled

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Today, BMW unveiled the M2 Competition, just two weeks after it was leaked.

The M2 Competition is powered by the 3.0L twin-turbo ‘S55’ inline-6 from the M3/M4, which is detuned to produce 302kW of power and 550Nm of torque (that’s 30kW and 85Nm up on the regular M2). Compared to the M3/M4, the M2 Competition’s S55 gains a closed-deck engine block, a reworked oil system with an additional extraction pump, a cooling system from the M4 Competition and a new quad-pipe exhaust system with electronic valves. Two transmissions will be offered, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed M dual-clutch automatic – when paired with the latter, the car can do 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.

Other performance additions and upgrades over the regular M2 include a carbon fibre strut brace from the M3/M4, stiffer ball joints, new suspension bearings, tweaked steering, stability control recalibration and an Active M Differential which can actively lock itself while the car is stationary.

 

The M2 Competition’s wheel and tyre package has been updated too, with new 19-inch forged alloys wrapped in 245/35 front and 265/35

Working in tandem with 245/35 front and 265/35 rear tyres, wrapped around new forged alloy wheels, the electronics should make the more powerful M2 reasonably manageable when you flatten your foot. When it comes time to stop, there are 400mm front and 380mm rear brakes, clamped by six- and four-piston calipers respectively.

You’ll be able to distinguish the Competition from more ‘mundane’ M2 and M2 Pure variants by its fresh front skirt, black grille and dark exhaust, along with those forged alloy wheels.

Inside, there are unique sill plates and seats with an illuminated logo in the backrest. You also get M1 and M2 configuration buttons on the steering wheel, something lacking in the standard model. Two new colours – Hockenheim Silver and Sunset Orange – have been added to the options list.

Adaptive LED headlights are standard, along with parking sensors, a rear-view camera, pedestrian monitoring with city-speed autonomous emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

Local pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to launch, which will come before the end of 2018.

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