The worst kept secret in BMW’s recent history, the new BMW M2 Competition, has finally seen the light of day. Not the way BMW intended because all the pictures and details below have been leaked.
If you’re not familiar with the current generation BMW M2, have a look at a detailed overview video I’ve posted a few weeks ago.
And now that you’re familiar with the ‘regular’ M2, let’s talk about the leaked information about the new M2 Competition.
Even though it might not look like much has changed on the outside, if we take a closer look there’s a few new things we can spot. There’s a redesigned front-end, with bigger kidney grilles, that are gloss black now and bigger air intakes on the lower part. It also looks like the M2 Competition is also getting front park sensors, something which you could get on the current M2, and M wing mirrors like its bigger brothers.
New 19″ lightweight alloys and new colours complete the exterior design. I really love how the M2 looks in that Silver. Don’t you?
The interior also gets quite a few upgrades. First thing you notice are the M4 seats, obviously featuring an illuminated M2 logo. They seem to be a standard feature on the car and so are the new M1 and M2 buttons. I have to admit I’m a bit puzzled by these buttons. I’m not sure what’s their purpose. I mean the M3, M4 and M5 have a bunch of settings you can tweak on them. Engine and steering response, suspension stiffness and shift aggression.
But the M2 doesn’t have that. It doesn’t even have adaptive dampers. It only has three driving modes, just like any regular BMW: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. So I don’t know what the use of the M1 and M2 buttons. Unless they’ve added the extra setting buttons to the M2 Competition. Something I can’t really tell from the information and pictures we have so far.
So I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Now here’s where things get interesting. The new BMW M2 Competition gets a detuned version of the M4’s S55 engine and that produces 410HP and 550Nm of torque. And according to the leaked images that results a 0 to 100km/h time of 4.2s. But that feels a bit conservative to me because the current M2 fitted with the DCT gearbox can do that spring in 4.3s.
One downside to fitting the S55 twin-turbo engine could be the sound. It’s well known that the M3 and M4, the cars that are already using this engine, don’t sound really good. So adding the S55 to the new M2 Competition, could potentially ruin what was previously known as the best sounding M car today? I guess we’ll just have to wait and hear won’t we?
The last interesting thing to note is that the DCT gearbox seems to come as standard and there’s no mention of any manual transmission in the leaked photos/infos. That doesn’t seem to fit it with what other leaks we’re suggesting otherwise.
But anyway, that’s all the information we have now. No mention of prices or anything, so I want to pass the question onto you.
What do you think about the new M2 Competition?