BMW M2 ins’t a real sports car, but this compact performance car provides so much driving fun, that it should be taken in consideration. Especially the new BMW M2 Competition sounds like a real joy.
The centrepiece of the new BMW M2 Competition is its new engine, based on the power unit from the BMW M3 and BMW M4. The double-charged six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers 410 hp between 5,250 and 7,000 rpm. The engine’s peak torque of 550 Nm is on tap between 2,350 and 5,200 rpm.
The BMW M2 Competition sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds (with M DCT), and in 4.4 seconds with six-speed manual gearbox. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The car can be combined with the M Driver’s Package to raise the top speed to 280 km/h – 10 km/h more than with the BMW M2 Coupe.
BMW M engineers have adjusted the driving dynamics of the BMW M2 Competition to take the increased performance into account. The striking CFRP high-precision strut from the BMW M3/M4 is immediately noticeable in the engine compartment. This improves front section rigidity and increases steering precision. The characteristic curves for the electromechanical power steering, the Active M Differential and the Dynamic Steering Control (DSC) system have also been adjusted.
The BMW M2 is the first model to be equipped with selector switches on the centre console that allow instant control of the characteristics and settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions, if M DCT is available. The various configurations can be combined with one another in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.