- More high-performance BMW M2 Competition revealed
- Produces 410hp
- Costs from £49,285
- Goes on sale in mid-May
BMW has revealed a hardcore, even more high-performance version of the M2 sports car. This limited-edition Competition model produces more power than the standard car and will accelerate from 0-62mph in as little as 4.2 seconds (the standard car does it in 4.5 seconds). It’ll cost from £49,285 when it goes on sale in mid-2018.
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2018 BMW M2 Competition styling
At first glance, the new Competition model doesn’t look drastically different to the standard M2. Peek a little closer, however, and you’ll see it comes with a black grille, as well as a remodelled front bumper with an extended lower lip.
At the rear, you’ll spot a few more black pieces, including the diffuser and the four exhaust tips, while the doors come with new mirrors that mimic what you’ll find on the larger M3 and M4. To help make sure these subtle changes don’t go unnoticed, you also get Competition badges on the bootlid, grille and wings.
2018 BMW M2 Competition interior
Inside, the M2 Competition comes with supportive bucket seats with integrated headrests – just like in many racing cars – and illuminated M2 logos between your shoulders. It also comes with a red starter button and you can choose from contrasting blue or orange stitching on the seats.
New buttons on the steering wheel let you quickly switch between the M2 Competition’s Comfort and Sport driving modes and you also get iDrive Professional Navigation system with a wide-screen central display as standard – it’s an option in the standard M2. This intuitive setup is a doddle to use and much less fiddly than what you’ll find in a Mercedes-AMG C63.
2018 BMW M2 Competiton engines and driving
The M2 Competition’s twin-turbo six-cylinder engine produces 410hp – that’s 40hp more than the standard M2. As a result, it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in as little as 4.2 seconds – providing you pick the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, that is. Go for the manual six-speed ‘box instead, and you’ll have to make do with a 0-62mph time of ‘just’ 4.4 seconds.
Aside from being quicker than the standard M2, the upgraded Competition model should also be more fun to drive. It comes with carbon-fibre chassis braces (much like the M4) that make it feel slightly more agile.
The final mechanical changes come in the form of a new exhaust with built-in adjustable flaps that let you choose whether to muffle or amplify the BMW’s raucous engine noise.
The car’s software has also been upgraded – the electronic stability control system has been tweaked to deliver better grip in slippery conditions and bigger tail slides during hard cornering – on a race track, of course.
2018 BMW M2 Competition price and release date
Fancy parking arguably one of the most desirable M cars on your driveway? You’ll have to set aside from £49,285 when it goes on sale in mid-May – approximately £3,000 more than the standard M2.