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BMW M2 Competition: More power, capability

BMW M2 Competition: More power, capability

The BMW M2 coupe is without doubt, one of the most unbelievable creations to come out of the German carmakers stable in recent time. When the M3 and M4 models first came out, a lot of people complained that they don't sound right.

Manual-transmission devotees will rejoice in the Competition coming standard with a six-speed manual, and a seven-speed dual-clutch remains optional for those without left-foot fortitude.

The 2018 model, which is called the M2 Competition, replaces the standard M2.

BMW has outfitted the coupe with a new performance exhaust system as well, which features electronically-controlled flaps for those who prefer the soundtrack of the twin-turbo inline-six when driving. Speed Limit Info is also featured on the standard equipment list. A dual exhaust system with electronic flap control provides an M sound as the vehicle powers to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds (with the automatic) and a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour (174 MPH with the optional M Driver's Package). Finally, the new 2-door will feature two fresh exterior paint colors: Hockenheim Silver, which is exclusive to the M2 Competition, and Sunset Orange Metallic. These display a Y-spoke design and measure 19 inches front and rear, and 9 inches wide on the front and 10 inches on the back.

At the tail end, a standard Active M Differential has been recalibrated for the extra power and torque, with its locking effect infinitely variable between 100 percent and zero lock, according to the drive mode and surface conditions.

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BMW's new engine isn't the only change, mind. The center console becomes home to selector switches for the engine, steering, and the drive-logic of the dual-clutch transmission, if chosen.

Of course, an excellent blend of technology and comfort are added to the cabin of the M2 Competition.

On the inside, the Competition retains the same general layout of the M2 but adds to the sense of occasion with a choice of blue or orange perforated segments of the black leather and Alcantara seats, which incorporate an integrated headrest. Other new appointments include a gorgeous carbon fibre strut brace in the engine bay which weighs just 1.5kg whilst increasing body rigidity. The various configurations can be combined in whichever way the driver prefers and can be stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.

So what's new? Well, the price has gone up - by around £3000 to a starting price of £49,285 now - but power has gone up too, from 365 to 404bhp (that's 370 to 410ps). 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.


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