Members of the press recently had the opportunity to drive the 2019 M2 Competition at the Ascari circuit in Southern Spain – and if you hadn’t already fallen in love with M Division’s latest new sports car, these photos should convince you.
Unveiled earlier this year, the M2 Competition benefits from a number of serious upgrades over the standard M2. Most significantly, BMW has ditched the single-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine of the M2 and replaced it with the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder of the M3/M4, revised to deliver 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
With this powertrain, the compact M2 Competition can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a rapid 4 seconds when outfitted with the optional dual-clutch transmission. The model leaves the factory electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), but customers can have it equipped with the M Driver’s Package and enjoy a 174 mph (280 km/h) top speed.
Modifications, however, go beyond a new engine. BMW engineers have also fitted a new central radiator, two side radiators and an additional engine oil cooler, while models with the dual-clutch gearbox also make get a transmission oil cooler.
Elsewhere, the car features a revised electromechanical power steering system, enhanced Active M Differential, axles from the M3 and M4 as well as revised suspension that uses forged aluminum components at the rear. Massive 400 mm discs and six-piston calipers are fitted up front, while at the rear there are 380 mm discs with four-piston calipers.