Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

404bhp BMW M2 Competition breaks cover

404bhp BMW M2 Competition breaks cover

As a result, an M2 Competition with a manual gearbox - yes, it keeps one of those - will hit 62mph in 4.4 seconds, with the optional dual-clutch taking a couple of tenths from that.

All UK cars feature the latest M-division sports seats, M Sport dials, front and rear parking sensors, BMW's Connected Drive system and satnav. BMW is quoting a preliminary 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.

The refreshed performance spec model sees a host of race-ready goodies inherited from its older siblings, the M3 and M4, in order to make it an overall more exhilarating to drive. 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.

BMW has finally revealed the most anticipated M2 coupe with the introduction of the Competition badging.

The M2 Competition costs £49,285 in manual form and £51,930 in dual-clutch guise, compared with the £46,740 starting price of the outgoing M2. 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.

Tuned to produce 302kW of power at 5205rpm, and 550Nm of torque at 2350rpm, the new unit delivers 30kW and 85Nm more grunt than the single-turbo N55 engine in the standard M2.

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The M2 Competition comes with an upgraded cooling system with increased air flow, including a new front skirt and larger, redesigned BMW kidney in high-gloss black.

BMW has strengthened Competition's front end of the new auto with a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic strut-tower brace received from the M3 or M4. There are also new 19-inch forged lightweight alloy wheels. Two new paint colors for the M2 Competition include Hockenheim Silver and Sunset Orange Metallic. If you like to tinker with your car's settings, though, the M DCT will be for you.

M Sport seats are standard and have an illuminated M2 logo on the backrests. A six-speed manual transmission will continue to be offered to all M2 buyers, too. It has electronically controlled flaps that allows changes in the sound to be made from a selector switch on the console.

Despite its performance focus, the M2 Competition isn't short of bells and whistles inside, offering BMW's ConnectedDrive digital services that include concierge, real-time traffic information and emergency call features when you need them. The M Dynamic Mode relaxes the car's electronic nannies which translates to more oversteer and more drifting action.

The first things that M2 Competition drivers will spot are the red start button and steering wheel controls that allow direct access to your favourite driving mode.

BMW is yet to announce the pricing; expected to be before the launch of M2 Competition this summer.

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