BMW might be shifting its focus to more sustainable mobility services and solutions, all in the name of improving the environment. And that’s all to the good. But Bavarian Motor Works’ transition into a “tech company” rather than an automaker of the “ultimate driving machines” is beginning to make purists sad.
Despite the change in priorities, though, all is not lost. And with its latest reveal, BMW doesn’t want you to forget that it can still make “ultimate driving machines,” in this case, the all-new first-ever 2019 M2 Competition.
The new hot pocket coupe’s changes focus on performance. The new M2 Competition replaces the outgoing 2018 BMW M2 Coupe. Keeping the same body, similar styling, rear wheel drive, and a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed M DCT transmissions, BMW’s M engineers focused on performance in the new model.
The engineers didn’t tweak the new M2, they slammed it with power and handling boosts. The M2 Competition’s TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine hits 405 horsepower from 5,230 to 7,000 RPM. Torque now peaks at 406 pound-feet starting down low at 2,350 RPM all the way to 5,230 RPM.
So the 2019 BMW M2 Competition gives you max pull from the line as fast as you can shift up to the point when max power for speed cuts in the top of the torque curve. “Meet you at 5,230,” could be the M2 Competition’s catchphrase. Sexy.
On the pavement, the power plant enhancements take the 2019 BMW M2 Competition from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds with the manual transmission. Add the M DCT double clutch shifter, and you can drop two-tenths of a second, reaching 60 in an even 4.0 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph – unless you opt for the M Driver’s Package, which bumps up the high end to 174 mph. Yes, this is a 174 mph BMW M2.
The engine’s been updated with an improved oil lubrication system, and a more efficient and effective cooling systems for both the engine and transmission – all of which were lifted from BMW’s advances in motorsports and the M4 with the Competition Package.
Matching the enhanced engine performance, the M2 team spec’d the 3.3 pound, carbon fiber CFRP high-precision strut in the engine compartment for greater front rigidity and more precise steering. Additional enhancements were made to the electromechanical power steering, Active M Differential, and the Dynamic Steering Control (DSC) system.
At the rear, the five-way multi-link suspension geometry underwent some redesign for a stiffer response and increased tolerance of transverse forces. The result is a grippier rear-end and improved wheel location, contact patch, and track stability under aggressive driving. Rounding it all off is a newly optimized Active M Differential and a recalibrated DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system.
BMW added more stopping power to the M2 Competition with blue metallic brake calipers, using 400 mm diameter discs with the 6-piston front breaks and 380 mm discs with the 4-piston rear brakes. M2’s ride on new 19-inch forged wheels in a choice of black, high-sheen, and light high-sheen finishes.
So what else is new? On the outside, there isn’t much, as the usual aggressive BMW M sport body kit remains unchanged. The kidney grilles get subtly larger to allow for more airflow into the engine bay. Otherwise, the major revisions are mostly under the skin, mainly with the engine, and continuing through the chassis and suspension.
Unlike previous M2’s, the 2019 M2 Competition has standard console-mounted driving mode settings. With the manual transmission that means engine and steering adjustments. If the car has the M DCT transmission, Drivelogic functions are set with the mode selector as well.
New M2 M Sport seats focus on support at speed and include integrated headrests. An M2 logo on the backrests lights up, and owners can choose between blue and orange accents for the black leather seats. New body colors include Sunset Orange Metallic and Hockenheim Silver, the latter replacing last year’s Mineral Grey Metallic.
The range of optional driver assistance systems includes the standard Active Driving Assistant, which comprises features such as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Lane Departure Warning. Additional optional assistance features and mobility services are also available.
BMW hasn’t announced pricing just yet for the 2019 M2 Competition. The latest M2 however starts at $54,500, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect an MSRP slightly higher than that to account for the improvements. The new M2 Competition is set to hit your local dealers this summer with pricing to be announced closer to that time.
Updated with additional information about performance features.