BMW Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the M2 Competition ahead of its arrival in October 2018. The 2019 BMW M2 Competition replaces the ‘regular’ M2 in BMW’s range, and offers more power, more torque and is generally even quicker, much like the M5 Competition is to the standard M5.
Like the current M2, a Pure edition of the M2 Competition will also be available for buyers looking for maximum performance yet not the highest level of standard equipment. Priced from $99,900 plus on-road costs, the M2 Competition offers more equipment, light styling changes and most importantly, more power and torque than before.
“The BMW M2 has been a wonderful story for BMW in Australia,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah.
“We expect the first ever M2 Competition to deliver even greater all-round performance. And with the Pure variant, we continue to offer a proper M experience at a strong price point.”
Whilst more equipment is always a bonus, as is better value for money, those interested in the 2019 BMW M2 Competition will likely be interested mostly in the headline figures. They are 302kW of power between 5,250rpm and 7,000rpm and 550Nm of torque between 2,350rpm and 5,200rpm – 30kW and 85Nm more than the current M2 and with the same torque as the current M3 Competition. The engine itself is a new S55 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol unit that’s also used in the M3 and M4.
BMW claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 4.2 seconds when paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic – 0.1 seconds quicker than the current M2 (4.4 seconds with the manual). Top speed is a limited 250km/h and fuel consumption is rated between 8.8 and 10L/100km/h. The M2 Competition is distinguished on the outside by its new 19-inch alloy wheels, revised front and rear styling, M2 Competition badging and a more aggressive shadow black double kidney grille.
Two new metallic colours are also available for $1,547 each – Hockenheim Silver (pictured) and Sunset Orange.
The mechanical upgrades on the 2019 BMW M2 Competition extend further from the engine as well. BMW has taken the cooling system from the M4 Competition with 20 percent more chilling power than before, while the oil supply has also been upgraded with an additional sump cover, as well as a reworked extraction pump and return system. A new bi-modal exhaust system has also been fitted with four larger pipes, now finished in a new black chrome finish.
Other mechanical upgrades on the 2019 BMW M2 Competition include a new electro-mechanical power steering system, an Active M Differential, Dynamic Stability Control systems, and M Compound brakes with 380mm discs and four-piston callipers up front and 370mm discs and two-piston in the rear – buyers can choose upgraded 400mm front/380mm rear discs with six- and four-piston callipers as well.
As before, the M2 Competition lineup will offer two models in Australia: the $99,900 M2 Competition Pure (on sale locally in early 2019) and the $104,900 M2 Competition. The Pure offers bi-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels from the current M2, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, cloth upholstery with manual front seats.
Stepping up to the $104,900 M2 Competition then adds adaptive headlights, new 19-inch alloy wheels, an 8.8-inch touchscreen with iDrive 6, DAB+ digital radio, front and rear parking sensors, M2 Competition-badged sill plates, keyless entry and start, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and half leather and alcantara seat upholstery with blue stitching.
2019 BMW M2 Competition pricing (plus on-road costs):
M2 Competition Pure: $99,900
M2 Competition: $104,900
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