Talk about a performance bargain.
Set to go on sale this July in the US, the new is everything we love about the “standard” M2 and more. Often times that ‘more’ part comes at a premium price. As has uncovered, that’s not the case here. The 2019 M2 Competition will carry a base price of $58,900, exactly $4,400 more than the M2. That’s an incredible bargain and here’s why: instead of the , you’ll get a modified version of the S55 engine that also powers the M3 and M4.
It’s also a 3.0-liter inline-six, though it’s a twin-turbo engine that makes 405 hp and 406 lb-ft. Yes, hp is down compared to the M3/M4, but it makes an equal amount of torque. As is the case with the M2, a six-speed manual is standard while the seven-speed dual-clutch is optional. Of course, power is sent to the rear wheels only. There’s also the M3’s electronically-controlled limited-slip diff that splits up power between the rear wheels, though it too has been modified for M2 Competition duty. BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of just 4 seconds while top speed will, once again, be limited to 155 mph. That figure increases to 174 mph with the M Driver’s Package.
Other M3/M4 carry-overs include carbon high-precision struts, and a recalibrated electromechanical power steering unit specifically tuned for high performance driving. BMW gave the M2 Competition a few minor exterior modifications, such as larger twin kidney grilles for improved airflow, a new front splitter, and two new exterior color choices. Inside you’ll find standard M Sport bucket seats that incorporate an illuminated M2 logo. This is also the first M2 to have selector switches in the center console, allowing drivers to alter engine and steering settings. It also sounds incredible, and for a mere $4,400 extra over the standard M2’s $54,500 base price, it can all be yours.