2019 BMW M2 Competition Officially Arrives With 405 HP

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Sporting a new engine based on the powerplant found in the M3 and M4, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition has finally been introduced.

Images of the 2019 BMW M2 Competition leaked earlier this month, but now the German automaker has made things official. Replacing the BMW M2 Coupe, the new M2 Competition features an inline six-cylinder engine with 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the dual clutch transmission, the sports coupe goes zero-to-60 mph in as little as four-seconds flat, while the manual transmission is a couple ticks behind at 4.2 seconds. Top speed for the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is electronically limited to 155 mph, but buyers can opt for the M Driver’s Package to have that raised to 174 mph.

Taking into account the M2 Competition’s increased performance, BMW engineers have adjusted the driving dynamics by enhancing the electromechanical power steering, the active M Differential, and the Dynamic Steering Control system. Helping improve front section rigidity while increasing steering precision is a striking carbon high-precision strut borrowed from the BMW M3 and M4 models.

Minor changes to the M2’s exterior have been made, with enlarged BMW kidney grille openings and a new front skirt helping increase air flow. High-gloss Shadow Line black paint helps add contrast to the styling, along with the side gills on the front fenders sporting the same finish. The darkened theme continues with black chrome-plated exhaust tips and a dark M Competition badge found on the rear of the car. BMW has also added two new exterior colors to the lineup: Hockenheim Silver, which replaces Mineral Grey Metallic and is exclusive to the M2 Competition, and Sunset Orange Metallic.

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The model is the first BMW M2 to come equipped with selector switches in the center console, allowing the driver to instantly control the settings of the engine, steering, and Drivelogic functions, if M DCT is available. Standard equipment now includes the red start/stop button, active driving assistant, and park distance control.

Inside the cabin, the standard M Sport seats feature a bucket-style shape with integrated headrests. The backrest features an illuminated M2 logo, while the black leather upholstery is highlighted by design perforations in the seat and backrest.

Braking performance has also been enhanced with larger brake discs and larger brake calipers – six pistons up front and four-piston units in the rear. Instead of the blue metallic finish found on its predecessor, the M2 Competition’s calipers are painted in a grey finish.

Purists will be happy to hear the 2019 BMW M2 Competition comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the seven-speed M double clutch transmission can be ordered as an option.

Expect pricing to be announced later this year.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Apr 19, 2018

    i've said this for years; M2 should have come with 400HP from the start. 2019 CLA 45 will have over 400HP from its 2.0