BMW M2 Competition unveiled, 3.0L bi-turbo in-line six with 6-speed manual


BMW has officially unveiled the BMW M2 Competition in full after details of the baby M car was leaked onto the internet. As per the leaked brochure, the M2 Competition gets a new 3.0-litre bi-turbo in-line six engine, more M-specific design cues as well as track focused options to go along with it.

The M2 Competition is now powered by an S55 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged in-line six engine (standard M2s get the N55 block), extracted from the M3 and M4 but detuned for 410 hp and 550 Nm of torque in this application. Enthusiasts can rejoice as the hot coupe comes with a six-speed manual (now with new carbon fibre clutch lining) as standard while a seven-speed M DCT can be had as an option.

Row through the gears yourself and you’ll sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds while the self-shifting DCT is quicker by 0.2 seconds. Top speed is capped at 250 km/h, opt for the M Driver Package and the limiter is raised to 280 km/h.

The chassis has also been beefed up to better match the new powertrain, sporting a new carbon fibre high-precision strut and bulkhead strut taken from the M4 to increase front-end rigidity and improve steering precision. The electronic power steering has also been recalibrated to give a more accurate steering.

A new dual exhaust system with electronically-controlled flaps give the M2 Competition a distinct aural note according to the drive mode selected. Its DSC system has also been tweaked to give the driver more delicate control when driving on the limit as well as in adverse conditions.

Visually, the M2 Competition now comes with a more purposeful body kit with larger kidney grilles, a modified air intake, M Wing mirror caps and a rear diffuser that houses the quad-tailpipes to optimise the airflow of the car, giving better aerodynamics and cooling function. Two new paint colours are available for the first time on the M2 – Sunset Orange and Hockenheim Silver.

For the track-frequenter, be sure to opt for the new M Sport brakes measuring 400 mm in diameter on the front axle and 380 mm at the rear for greater stopping power and fade resistance. The high-performance brakes can be differentiated by its Grey painted callipers. The optional 19-inch Y-Spoke forged alloy wheels would be a great complement to the beefier brakes.

Stepping inside and the driver is greeted with an M2 Competition sill plate, optional bucket-style M Sport seats with illuminated M2 logo on the backrest, BMW M Stripes on the safety belt, red start/stop button, M leather steering wheel with M1/M2 buttons and redesigned instrument cluster.


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Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.
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