HP 2019 BMW M2 Competition Revealed

The 3-litre inline-six engine has 40 more horsepower and 63 more lb ft of torque, now delivering 405bhp and 406lb ft.

While the power increase is substantial, BMW's sprint forecast for the new auto is conservative: 0-to-60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds with the dual clutch automatic, 4.2 seconds with the manual gearbox.

Now that the details have been confirmed, BMW says it will open orders for the M2 Competition in mid-May, with prices kicking off at £49,285. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but it can be increased to 280 km/h (174 mph) with the M Driver´s Package. The M2 Competition replaces the standard M2 instead of being introduced as a high-performance variant of the baby M Coupe. The software for the electric power steering and the Active M Differential have also been adjusted. Fresh 19-inch alloy wheels complete the package. Seen from the front, the M2 presents new mirrors, a new kidney grille and a new front apron with larger air intakes. The grilles and the new front splitter are finished in high-gloss Shadow Line black paint which matches with the black chrome-plated exhaust tips and a dark M Competition badge.

BMW has strengthened Competition's front end of the new vehicle with a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic strut-tower brace received from the M3 or M4. This can be controlled via the centre console-mounted switch.

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It probably won't surprise you to learn there's been a fair amount of excitement at PH around the M2 Competition, from both the members and the staff. The various configurations can be combined in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel. 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. There's also the usual M badging and extra trim, including M2 Competition badging along the door sills. The black leather upholstery boasts design perforations in the seat and backrest, available in either blue or orange.

The drivers assistance options feature speed limit warning, collision and pedestrian warning systems, a rear-view parking camera, and lane departure. Though the outgoing M2 was a great sports coupe in its own right, it is impressive how much improvement BMW was able to stuff into their most affordable performance model for the 2019 model year.

The sporty, yet opulent seats found in the 2019 BMW M2 Competition are sure to keep occupants well-planted during a spirited drive.

  • Desiree Holland