Beijing Motor Show 2018: BMW reveals 404bhp M2 Competition

The 2019 BMW M2 Competition has officially been unveiled and it's an M vehicle that's created to turn enthusiastic drivers into drifters.

THE 2019 BMW M2 COMPETITION has broken cover with its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder borrowed from the M3 and M4.

Where the BMW M2 Coupe always had a 370-hp N55 inline-six cylinder engine from the 2 Series, the upcoming M2 Competition reengineers the N55 engine with a detuned version of the S55-designated inline-six cylinder gets from the M3 and M4.

This quad-exhaust system features electronically-controlled flaps that can be open, or closed, from the cockpit to alter the volume of the engine, the website reports.

BMW M2 Competition revealed, gets S55 M3/M4 twin-turbo engine

Peak power is rated at 302kW, available between 5250rpm and 7000rpm, with a peak torque rating of 550Nm, spread across 2350-5200rpm. Both figures are a tenth of a second quicker than the 2018 M2.

Though the 2019 M2 Competition retains the compact dimensions of the retiring M2, a variety of changes are made to the exterior. Seen from the front, the M2 presents new mirrors, a new kidney grille and a new front apron with larger air intakes. The tyres measure 245/35 and 265/35, respectively. There's a new, high-precision CFRP strut and bulkhead strut, to increase the rigidity of the front section, while a new cooling system introduces a redesigned front skirt.

The M2 Competition adopts a number of styling changes that give it a more aggressive appearance and address the new engine's need for improved cooling efficiency.

The BMW M2 coupe is without doubt, one of the most fantastic creations to come out of the German carmakers stable in recent time. Timing and prices, along with availability, will be announced "shortly", according to the local arm. The center console becomes home to selector switches for the engine, steering, and the drive-logic of the dual-clutch transmission, if chosen. Not just that, BMW also offers new M Sport seat, new M sport brakes, 19-inch forged alloy wheels with new Y-spoke design and a new metallic paint color. Other features include a new red starter button, M3-sourced seats with illuminated badging, M dials in the instrument panel, M seatbelts and Competition-branded door trims. Various driver assistive technologies are also included, such as forward collision warning, pedestrian warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and parking distance controls. Revealed through the internet at first, the M2 Competition will be on display in Beijing at the Chinese auto show later this month, being shown over there for the first time in front of a live audience.



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