Get A Photo Load Of BMW’s New M2 Competition (131 Pics)

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.

Pricing for the car in the United States starts at $58,900, just $4400 more than the outgoing M2. If you ask us, that’s a bargain.

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  • Six_Tymes

    to any possible buyers, enjoy the canted drivers seat of the “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. That old marketing campaign phrase sadly has become an oxymoron. It used to hold meaning, I suppose good thing they don’t use it anymore.

    Karl Rapp would NOT have approved of the canted drivers seat in this car.

    • Matt

      Enjoy your Sentra.

      • Six_Tymes

        and my S2000, that doesn’t come with a canted drivers seat

    • SteersUright

      Nonsense. I rented an M2 and spent considerable time with it. Never noticed the canted seat at all. Was an absolute joy to drive and nearly every bit as exciting as my Cayman S. The only gripe I have is that power tapers off very quickly as the rpm’s increase. That was a bit disappointing. Still, it felt stupid fast and wanted to drift every corner.

      • Six_Tymes

        You rented the car, and you cant tell its got a canted drivers seat? THAT is Nonsense. I can tell just by sitting in it. And every professional reviewer has said the same, They can tell.

  • Bo Hanan

    Doesn’t look like a $60K car. Only regular M2 owners will know.

    • SteersUright

      Totally agreed. Fun, capable, and rather ungainly.

  • SteersUright

    This is NOT a $59k bargain. The essential items are optional, from the bigger brakes to other performance goodies. This is a very expensive little sports car at $70k. Capable? Absolutely. But no bargain.

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