BMW unveils new, more powerful M2 Competition

BMW has unveiled a more powerful, revised version of its M2 – the racy M2 Competition.

Using the same engine that’s fitted to the M3 and M4 – albeit slightly de-tuned – it produces 404bhp and 500Nm of torque.

These revisions allow for some impressive performance figures. 0-60mph takes 4.2 seconds with the DCT automatic transmission – or 0.2 seconds slower with a manual ’box fitted. It also has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, which can be increased to 170mph with the optional M Driver’s package.

While there is a ten per cent increase in power, it is 50kg heavier than before – weighing in at 1,550kg.

The exterior is largely similar to the M2, although noticeable changes distinguish the Competition from its standard sibling. A gloss black kidney grille, a new front spoiler design and a redesigned exhausts are some of the main changes, as are new, larger 19-inch forged alloy wheels alloy wheels – the same that are fitted to the M3 and M4 Competition editions.

The front and rear bumpers have also been facelifted, with adaptive LED headlights now fitted as standard, too.

Interior changes include new M Sport front seats, revised dials and instruments and also the option to personalise your seat belts in different colours, as well contrast blue or orange stitching on the leather seats.

Larger brakes, revised steering and tuned stability control also feature, while the front end has had to be reworked to accommodate the larger 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine.

M2 Competition prices start at £49,285 for the manual and £51,930 for the dual-clutch auto – roughly £2,500 more than the standard M2. It’s available to order from the middle of May, with first deliveries expected in August.

Ted Welford


April 19, 2018

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