BMW announces beefed-up M2 Competition with 40 more horsepower

BMW M2 Competition revealed, gets S55 M3/M4 twin-turbo engine

A twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine borrowed from the bigger M4 now sees power figures pegged at the 302kW and 550Nm mark. That's enough to launch the vehicle from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) or 4.2 seconds with the 6-speed manual, BMW says. The M DCT comes with three Drivelogic driving programs: Comfort, Sport and Sport+.

BMW has not yet announced pricing for the M2 Competition model, which is due to reach US showrooms this summer. All cars get front and rear parking sensors as standard, as well as Professional Navigation and BMW Connected Drive.

Opt for the M Driver's Package and the M2's electronic top speed is raised to 170mph. As with the M2, the Competition is available with a purist's six-speed manual. The power steering, Active M differential, and stability control have all been adjusted as well. Not just that, BMW also offers new M Sport seat, new M sport brakes, 19-inch forged alloy wheels with new Y-spoke design and a new metallic paint color. 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.

The new variant can be distinguished from its single-turbo sibling by its re-shaped front air skirt, black exhaust tips and gloss black grille and side vents. Both cars can be ordered from mid-May, but customer deliveries aren't expected until August. The center console becomes home to selector switches for the engine, steering, and the drive-logic of the dual-clutch transmission, if chosen.

The interior arrangement of the M2 Competition is slightly different. Door sill plates bear an M2 Competition logo, as does the instrument cluster upon startup. Buyers can also pick between orange or blue contrast stitching for the perforated leather seats. 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.

BMW M division's head of development, Dirk Häcker, said the chassis revisions provide the new M2 with "significantly improved response and more progressive on-the-limit characteristics" than its predecessor.

So what's new? Well, the price has gone up - by around £3000 to a starting price of £49,285 now - but power has gone up too, from 365 to 404bhp (that's 370 to 410ps).

Standard safety and driver aid technology includes a forward collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, and a lane departure warning.

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