The covers have come off the 2018 BMW M2 Competition, the new M2 variant will arrive with greater outputs from a revised straight-six engine.
For the first time an M2 model will be powered by 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine pumping out 302kW of power and 550Nm of torque. This represents an increase of 30kW more power and up to 50Nm more torque over the standard M2 which uses a single turbo engine that produces 272kW/465Nm or 500Nm with the inbuilt overboost function.
The M2 Competition will come equipped with the familiar seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission, however, enthusiasts will be pleased to learn a six-speed manual will be available as a no-cost option.
Preliminary testing suggests the M2 Competition will be able to launch to triple figures from a standstill in 4.2 seconds just 0.1 seconds quicker than the standard dual-clutch M2.
At the rear of the M2 Competition, four black chrome exhaust outlets will use two electronically-controlled flaps and new mufflers to provide the distinctive BMW M Power sound.
Underpinning the focus on dynamics is the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic and light weight aluminium, as seen in the M3 and M4 Competition.
There is also a new optional M Sport brake system, which features 400mm front discs and 380 rear discs teamed with six-piston front and four-piston rear callipers finished in grey if the standard M Compound Braking system is not preferred.
A new Y-spoke forged wheel option measuring 9J x 19 at the front axle and 10J x 19 at the rear will also be available in light high sheen or black finish, wrapped in 245/35/ZR 19 front tyres and 265/35/ZR 19 rears.
Design highlights for the new BMW M2 Competition include a new front skirt, new high-gloss Shadow Line black kidney grilles and ‘side gills’, darkened ‘M Competition’ badging and a ‘double arm’ exterior mirror design.
Exclusive Hockenheim Silver will join the optional colour palette whilst Sunset Orange is added to the metallic paint list.
Internally the BMW M2 Competition sports new ‘BMW M2 Competition’ sill plates, illuminated M2 logo on the backrest of the M Sport seat moulded headrests, clack leather upholstery contrasted by blue or orange perforated sections and highlight stitching to the seats, armrests and dash, Alcantara leather side seat bolsters, BMW M seatbelt stripes and a new M2 Competition logo displayed on the dashboard when the start/stop button is pressed.
Equipment highlights include standard Adaptive LED headlight and front and rear Park Distance Control. Infotainment is taken care of by way of the newest ConnectedDrive system which includes Navigation System Professional and iDrive6.
Driving Assistant is also included as standard on the BMW M2 Competition which brings collision warning, pedestrian warning with city braking function, lane departure warning as well as Speed Limit Info.
Local allocations, specifications and pricing for the BMW M2 Competition will be announced in the not-too-distant future. Watch this space!
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