404bhp BMW M2 Competition breaks cover

404bhp BMW M2 Competition breaks cover

404bhp BMW M2 Competition breaks cover

This is it. The new BMW M2 Competition.

Demand for the new addition is expected to be high, and BMW Australia is yet to release local allocation numbers, timing or how much hardcore M fans will be asked to pay over the cost of a $99,900 "regular" M2. In fact, the torque figures of the M240i outdid those delivered by the M2.

BMW has revealed the latest version of the smallest M vehicle, which is now fitted with the engine found in the M3 and M4.

That's still 3.0-liters, like the old auto, but it now pushes out 410 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.

Known as the S55, this twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six from BMW's M Division churns out 405 horsepower and 406 lb. -ft of torque - quite a significant power upgrade from the departing M2 model. The M2 derives its cooling system from the M4 Competition Package, with one central radiator, two side radiators, and an extra engine oil cooler. BMW claims the 2019 M2 Competition makes the 0-60mph sprint in 4.0 seconds with the optional DCT, or 4.2 seconds when the gears are manually shifted. Whichever rotors you plump for they sit behind new 19-inch forged wheels, with 245-section front and 265-section rear Michelin tyres.

Along with the new donk, the M2 Competition borrows suspension components from the M3/M4 including a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic strut tower brace for better front-end rigidity, and the M4's bulkhead strut.

As for the electromechanical M Servotronic steering with M Dynamic Mode, BMW has adjusted the steering curve.

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Looking at the exterior won't reveal many drastic changes from the previous model but keen eyes will notice additional aero aids on the front spoiler and a few other aesthetic touches. Then there are the black tailpipes poking out the back, double-arm door mirrors and a new front skirt with a modified air intake, which BMW says is there to improve both the look and cooling potential.

The M2 Competition's kerb weight is 55kg heavier than the old M2's at 1550kg in six-speed manual guise, largely due to the engine.

Elsewhere, the outgoing M2's silver badges have been replaced by otherwise-identical black versions, just like you'll find on the Competition variants of the M3 and M4.

Inside, the M2 Competition adds redesigned M sport seats with blue or orange perforated-leather inserts, illuminated M2 badges, Alcantara side bolsters, and integrated headrests.

The drivers assistance options feature speed limit warning, collision and pedestrian warning systems, a rear-view parking camera, and lane departure.

And the price of the BMW M2 Competition is... So equipped, the M2 Competition will blitz the zero-to-100 km/h benchmark in just 4.2 seconds (4.4 seconds with the manual), 0.1 seconds faster than the M2.

The 2019 BMW M2 Competition arrives in dealer showrooms this summer.

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