The rear-wheel drive coupe will come standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, though purists will be pleased to know a six-speed manual gearbox will be available as a no-cost option. BMW is quoting a preliminary 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds. That's nearly 40bhp and 85Nm more than the previous model. Both are electronically limited to a top speed of 155mph, but the optional M Driver's Package increases that to 170mph.
M3 engine, more than 400hp and less than £50k - this Competition M2 is sounding alright.
The M2 Competition's 6-cylinder delivers 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque is ready between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm. Quoted fuel economy is less of a strong point - BMW claims 30.7mpg for M DCT cars and just 28.5mpg for manual, while both versions' Carbon dioxide emissions put them in the top 37% bracket for Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax.
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On the outside, the new vehicle follows the styling cues of the recently refreshed 2 Series line-up including LED headlights at the front and a fresh set of light clusters at the back, but a host of upgrades give the M2 Competition a more aggressive appearance.
Under the bonnet, the M2 Competition has even more sibling similarities with the M3 and M4 including a 1.5kg carbonfibre strut brace for a stiffer and more responsive front end, complemented by uprated ball joints and all forged aluminium suspension. That shiny black finish has been applied to the side gills, while all-new 19-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels feature, also available in black.
Customers will be able to choose from two new paint colours - Sunset Orange and Hockenheim Silver - which are being added to the range for 2018. The backrest also features an illuminated M2 logo.
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Changing gear automatically or allowing manual changes via paddles, the M DCT offers comfort, sport and sport+ "Drivelogic" modes to suit the road and your mood, and the same settings also apply to the power-steering - increasing steering effort automatically as speed increases, or according to your preference.
Brakes have also been upgraded for the Competition with 400mm rotors now looking after the front-end pinched by massive six-pot calipers finished in grey, with 380mm discs on the rear axle grabbed by four-pot calipers. The electromechanical power steering, the Active M Differential and the Dynamic Steering Control system have all been enhanced. They're trimmed in perforated black leather, enlivened by blue or orange highlights. The auto includes improved the Active M differential and the Dynamic Steering Control system as well as larger brakes on the 254/35-series front and 265/35-series rear tires that sit behind new 19-inch wheels, stability control settings.
BMW has not announced the pricing for the 2019 BMW M2 Competition, but it will arrive this summer.
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