BMW have built a new M2 model, the M2 Competition, with hefty upgrades. The rear-wheel-drive coupé is now on display at the Beijing Motor Show.
New for 2018, the M2 Competition is replacing the M2. It has the M twin-power bi-turbo inline six-cylinder engine that boasts 401hp, allowing the car to go from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds, and a top speed of 173mph. There is an optional M DCT transmission, which is a seven speed dual-clutch gearbox. The upgrades boost the M2’s standing as it is now competing against the Porsche Cayman GTS and the Audi TT RS.
The head of BMW’s M Division development, Dirk Hacker, has commented on the chassis upgrades that have been made over the previous M2, saying that these upgrades will give the M2C “significantly improved response and more progressive on-the-limit characteristics.” He has also said “we have altered the steering mapping, changed the spring and damper tuning and recalibrated the dynamic stability control system as well. It is still the benchmark in its class in terms of response and reactions, but it now slides with greater progressiveness and enthusiasm.”
The M2C weights 1550kg, adding 55kg to the previous M2 model. This weight increase is fully justified as it is mostly due to the bigger engine, raising the power-to-weight ratio by 17bhp per tonne, giving the M2C a total of 261bhp per tonne.
Due to CO2 emissionguidelines getting more and more strict, BMW have fitted the M2C with a particulate filter, which Hacker has said will be also adopted by the M4, which is releasing later this year. The M2C emites 225g/km of CO2 and has an average of 28.5mpg without the optional gearbox. With the dual-clutch gearbox added, the M2C emits 209g/km and manages a 30.7mpg average.
The M2C has been fitted with a new dual exhast system, featuring two electronically controlled muffler flaps, controlled by the M Dynamic Performance Control Function, which will enhance the engine sound.
Comparing the M2C with its direct competition and previous edition, the M2C has a 0-60mph of 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 173mph and 410bhp. The previous M2 has a 0-60mph of 4.3 seconds, a top speed of 155mph and 363bhp. The Porsche Cayman GTS can go from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 180mph and 365bhp. The Audi TT RS takes 3.7 seconds to go from 0-60mph, a top speed of 155mph and 400bhp.
BMW have redesigned the front of the car to accommodate the new engine. They have added a second radiator and a boomerang shaped carbon fibre reinforced strut brace. These changes are claimed to increase the steering precision and add stiffness. Additional changes include an optional brake upgrade, replacing the 380mm front and 370mm back brake disks with 400mm front and 380mm rear disks. Also the front four-piston and rear two-piston brake calipers are swapped for six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston at the rear. The differential has also been modified so that the Sport+ driving mode will allow for greater oversteer to more accommodate drifting and to give the driver better control over the drifts. The M2 has M Sport front seats, M seatbelts in various colours, park distance control and a red start-stop button, asll as standard on UK models.
The M2 Competition starts at £49,285, or £51,930 for the dual clutch version. BMW will start deliveries in August.