We love the BMW M2, but we have a feeling we just might enjoy its successor even more. The 2019 BMW M2 Competition goes on sale this summer boasting more power, beefier brakes, and bolder design cues among other updates.
Under the hood, the M2 Competition gets a turbocharged inline-six engine based on the one found in the BMW M3 and M4. It makes 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque in the M2. Like before, buyers can choose between a standard six-speed manual gearbox, now featuring a new type of carbon-fiber friction lining to improve the shift feel, and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
BMW says the DCT-equipped M2 Competition can hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds or 4.2 seconds with the manual, but these estimates are probably conservative. Our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked a 2017 M2 with a dual-clutch hitting the mark in 4.2 seconds even though it’s significantly less powerful, making 365 hp and 343 lb-ft in normal driving or 369 lb-ft in overboost.
The rear-drive M2 Competition can reach a top speed of 155 mph, limited electronically. With a M Driver’s package, however, it can launch up to 174 mph.
To improve cooling, BMW added larger kidney grilles and an updated front skirt, boosting airflow. The M2 derives its cooling system from the M4 Competition Package, with one central radiator, two side radiators, and an extra engine oil cooler. The seven-speed dual-clutch has a transmission oil cooler, as well. The M2 Competition also gets larger brake disks, measuring 400 mm up front and 380 mm in the rear compared to the old M2’s brake disks that were 380 mm up front and 370 mm in the rear. There are also larger six-piston fixed brake calipers up front and 4-piston fixed calipers in the rear, instead of 4-pistons in front and 2-piston calipers in the rear.
BMW also updated the Active M Differential, dynamic stability control, and electromechanical power steering. The M2 takes the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic high-precision strut from the M3 and M4 to improve the rigidity of the front section and further enhance steering. Meanwhile, the exhaust system has been modified with a new muffler. The M2’s four tailpipes are finished in black chrome, complementing the blacked-out kidney grille up front.
There are two new paint colors: Sunset Orange Metallic and Hockenheim Silver, which replaces Mineral Grey Metallic. Step inside the cabin, and you’ll find black leather seats with either black or orange inserts. The seats now feature an illuminated M logo, as well as Alcantara-trimmed side bolsters, M seat belts, and contrast stitching. On the center console, there are switches that control settings for the engine, steering, stability control, and the dual-clutch.
BMW hasn’t announced pricing information, but we do know the M2 comes with standard navigation, park distance control, and collision warning and pedestrian warning with city braking function. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the 2019 BMW M2 Competition.