BMW M2 Competition Goes Official With 405 HP

After several high-profile leaks, BMW has officially unveiled the 2019 M2 Competition.

Looking instantly recognizable, the model replaces the previous M2 Coupe and features a modestly revised front fascia with a larger grille to help improve cooling. Additional styling changes are limited but the car has aerodynamic mirror caps, a black chrome exhaust system and restyled 19-inch wheels featuring Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The interior largely carries but there’s new M Sport seats that feature an illuminated M2 logo on the backrest. Drivers will also find a red push-button ignition and a sport steering wheel with M buttons which can store custom performance settings. Other highlights include “M2 Competition” sill plates, Alcantara accents and special seat belts which have BMW M stripes woven into them.

Bigger changes occur underneath the hood as the car has a modified version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that resides in the M3 and M4. It produces 405 hp (410 PS / 301 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. When paired to the standard six-speed manual transmission, the M2 Competition accelerates 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Buyers can also order an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox which cuts the 0-60 mph time to four seconds flat.

The model has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) but that can be increased to 174 mph (280 km/h) when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

In order to accommodate the new engine, the M2 Competition has the same cooling system as the M4 with the Competition Package. It includes a central radiator, two side radiators and an additional engine oil cooler. Models with the M DCT also receive a transmission oil cooler.

Of course, the performance features don’t stop there as the M2 has a carbon fiber reinforced plastic strut tower brace, a revised electromechanical power steering system and an “enhanced” Active M Differential. The car has also has axles from the M3 and M4 as well as revised suspension which uses forged aluminum components out back.

The braking system has also been improved on US-spec models as there are larger discs that measure 400mm front and 380mm rear. Engineers also installed six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

The BMW M2 Competition will be launched in the United States this summer and pricing will be announced shortly before this occurs.

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  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    What a nice toy!! Love it

  • Six_Tymes

    And comes with a canted drivers seat, PASS

    • MonkeyRider

      Agree. Crooked seat is not ideal especially for manual shift comes with clutch pedal.

      • Six_Tymes

        I know right, I mean “The Ultimate Drivers Car” ? with canted drivers seat?! Anyone who falls for that logic is a fool.

        • panda-R

          The CRV doesn’t have canted drivers seat. Maybe you should get one of those.

  • matrem

    Those wheels suck.

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  • Dr Strangefingger

    S#%t just got real and s$&t, y’all!

  • Zandit75

    4.2secs seems a little slow these day!

    • Shahul Usman

      it is… a base C43 mercedes will do that faster

      • Kaisuke971

        You mean C63 surely ? The C43 is rated at 4.7 0-100km/h (4.2s is for 0-100km/h on the M2 according to their press release), the base C63 at 4.1s.

    • Bo Hanan

      Slowed to keep it from passing an M3/4 I’ll bet.

  • MonkeyRider

    Don’t like the connected grille.

  • Shahul Usman

    what happened to BMW? they need new blood

  • smartacus

    that’s it? 405HP now?

    2019 CLA45 will make over 400HP
    and that’s from only a 2.0

    • Abdullah Kaddoura

      Same engine can produce up to 493hp stock (M4 DTM), they could put it all to the M2 but BMW was never a numbers-fan like Merc, they’ll provide you with a proper package of power, driving and handling.

      PS: watch all M5 v E63 reviews.. every1 says the same thing.. M5 is just enough as a package, while merc is overkil

      • smartacus

        Like you said; yes they could put it all to the M2, but didn’t.
        Like you said; they’ll provide a proper package of power, driving and handling.
        But CLA 45 and RS3 are doing all that but with smaller engines with the same HP.

        PS. M5 is not an M2.
        Yes they could M5 engine in an M2, but didn’t.
        BMW instead put a 365HP engine in an M2,
        then didn’t offer 405HP until years later in 2019.

  • no25

    connected grille is starting to look like a Kia grille almost.

  • GobbleUp

    Forgot to note the increased weight from new engine offsetting balance and handling.

  • SteersUright

    Rear end still ugly. Interior still bland. Those demerits aside, this new M2 appearing to be a very exciting new sports car!

    • Belthronding

      Never liked rear end & interior.
      They claimed that 2 series is spiritual successor of E46 coupe but no way.
      E46 Coupe was masterpiece and incomparably 2 series is just another average bmw.

      • SteersUright

        Totally agree. Lets start with design. The E46 M3 was beautiful, with its subtly flared fenders, huge wheels (for the time), and massive brakes. It looked elegant yet very mean and serious. Its ITB equipped, high revving I-6 was truly a special engine and only lent even more appeal.
        Now lets begin with the M2’s design. Simply put, its goofy. It has odd proportions, is definitely ok looking, but certainly no masterstroke. In fact, from some angles I really find it homely and bland, especially from the rear. In M2 guise, yes it gets the bigger fenders and brakes, but somehow it just doesn’t look well integrated. Then theres the engine, it will finally get a proper M engine but I will admit, Im not a fan of the new turbo’d direction BMW has gone. Throttle response is just never the same, the engines sound (song) is always somewhat muffled and need electronic enhancement, and in this application as in the M4, will likely overpower the chassis.
        Is the M2 CS cool? Definitely. As cool as the M3 (e46) CS that came out in Europe? Do yourself a favor and youtube a video of that car and just listen to it’s engine as it accelerates.

  • Kaisuke971

    Haha comparing manufacturer claims with test results, classic.

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