BMW M2 Competition: Everything you need to know

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We're not entirely sure the extra power from the M4's engine will make the M2 a better vehicle, but BMW hasn't just upped the power for the M2 Competition, they've done plenty of tweaking too.

Also available is an M Driver's Package, which bumps the top speed of the coupe to 174 miles per hour, and includes a voucher for the BMW Driving Experience, a track training course located at one of two BMW Performance Centers; either on the East Coast (located in Spartanburg, SC), or West Coast (located in Thermal, CA). The M DCT comes with three Drivelogic driving programs: Comfort, Sport and Sport+.

BMW has not announced the pricing for the 2019 BMW M2 Competition, but it will arrive this summer. Fear not, anoraks, as BMW M has listened to your cries of despair with the M2 Competition, which goes above and beyond the usual Competition Package tweaks. The M2 Competition replaces the standard M2 instead of being introduced as a high-performance variant of the baby M Coupe.

There's also the Active M rear differential, which can be adjusted between 0 and 100 percent, depending of the steering angle, accelerator position, brake pressure, engine torque, wheel speed and yaw rate.

2019 BMW M2 Competition S55 Engine Bay
BMW M2 Competition: Everything you need to know

And there is the option of having the now standard 19-inch "Y-Spoke" forged alloys in Jet Black. Seen from the front, the M2 presents new mirrors, a new kidney grille and a new front apron with larger air intakes.

Though the 2019 M2 Competition retains the compact dimensions of the retiring M2, a variety of changes are made to the exterior. Other new appointments include a gorgeous carbon fibre strut brace in the engine bay which weighs just 1.5kg whilst increasing body rigidity. Both cars can be ordered from mid-May, but customer deliveries aren't expected until August. Door sill plates bear an M2 Competition logo, as does the instrument cluster upon startup. The center console becomes home to selector switches for the engine, steering, and the drive-logic of the dual-clutch transmission, if chosen. The seats are also new, and they boast an illuminated M2 badge. The various configurations can be combined with one another in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel. It is an improved version of the previous model. There's also an array of driver-assistance systems including autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and parking sensors with a rear-view camera for extra help reversing.

The M2 Competition costs £49,285 in manual form and £51,930 in dual-clutch guise, compared with the £46,740 starting price of the outgoing M2.

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