RE: BMW M2 Competition

RE: BMW M2 Competition

RE: BMW M2 Competition

Ahead of the Beijing Motor Show, BMW has unveiled the 2019 BMW M2 Competition boasting a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine capable of producing 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. 2019 BMW M2 Competition can go from 0-60 miles per hour in four seconds flat.

The rear-wheel drive coupe will come standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, though purists will be pleased to know a six-speed manual gearbox will be available as a no-cost option.

Changing gear automatically or allowing manual changes via paddles, the M DCT offers comfort, sport and sport+ "Drivelogic" modes to suit the road and your mood, and the same settings also apply to the power-steering - increasing steering effort automatically as speed increases, or according to your preference. In M2 Competition guise the torque has also been bumped up to 550Nm - the same as the M3/M4 - giving Bavaria's latest baby bomber a significant performance hike over the standard 272kW/500Nm M2 it replaces. The steering wheel has M1 and M2 buttons, as in the BMW M5, for recalling custom configurations.

The 2019 M2 Competition, which can hit a top speed of 174 miles per hour if specified with the M Drivers Package, will be made available in the summer of 2018. Well, the M2 Competition is still the same trim size and weight, but it promises to be more agile and quicker than ever. Completing the look are new, optional 19-inch Y-spoke forged alloys and a Competition badge at the rear.

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The brakes have been improved as well, the Competition offering larger rotors measuring 400mm on the front with 380mm discs on the rear.

The new variant can be distinguished from its single-turbo sibling by its re-shaped front air skirt, black exhaust tips and gloss black grille and side vents. The M2 takes the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic high-precision strut from the M3 and M4 to improve the rigidity of the front section and further enhance steering. It's priced at £49,285 and will be available to order from May, with deliveries beginning in August. That's nearly 40bhp and 85Nm more than the previous model.

More useful, there are now dedicated selector switches on the dashboard for various engine and steering characteristics. But BMW adds that the Competition's performance on wet or slippery roads is also improved, thanks in part to an Active M Differential. Step inside the cabin, and you'll find black leather seats with either black or orange inserts.

The cooling system comes from the M4 with the Competition package, though BMW has tweaked it for the M2 Competition. Included as standard on United Kingdom models are new M Sport front seats, reconfigured M instruments, M seatbelts in various colours, the M Drive manager function from the M3 and M4, Park Distance Control and a red start/stop button. Driving Assistant is standard and features Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function and Lane Departure Warning.

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