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BMW M2 Competition arrives with 405 horsepower

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

Purists should be delighted with the 2019 BMW M2 Competition.

All UK cars feature the latest M-division sports seats, M Sport dials, front and rear parking sensors, BMW's Connected Drive system and satnav. Both figures are a tenth of a second quicker than the 2018 M2.

That's still 3.0-liters, like the old vehicle, but it now pushes out 410 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The new unit to be fitted under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo, capable of developing 410 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. The hotter version of the M2 will boast 405 horsepower from its twin-turbo inline-6, as well as 406 pound-feet of torque, increases of 40 and 63, respectively. BMW also makes a race-inspired red starter button and M2 Competition sill plates standard.

This is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission as standard, with acceleration from 0-100km/h taking just 4.2 seconds - down from 4.3 seconds in the regular 272kW M2.

The rear-drive M2 Competition can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour, limited electronically.

Another new feature is the BMW M Sound system, which allows the driver to control the volume of the exhaust note. There are also new 19-inch forged lightweight alloy wheels.

The M2 Competition has had its Active M Differential and Dynamic Stability Control recalibrated. Upgraded brakes, a new exhaust system and revised chassis tuning round off the technical changes, alongside cosmetic upgrades.

On the outside, there are two new exterior colors: Sunset Orange metallic, and Hockenheim Silver metallic.

The M2 Competition's kerb weight is 55kg heavier than the old M2's at 1550kg in six-speed manual guise, largely due to the engine.

The 2019 M2 Competition also gets new M Sport seats with a bucket-style shape that borrows heavily from motorsport and provides drivers with optimized support, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest.

The new M2 Competition is available to order from mid-May with prices starting from £49,285.

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). Moreover, BMW has added two new colours to the range of paints available for the BMW M2 Competition.

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. With its introduction, the M2 Competition becomes the only M2, replacing the what we would now call the base model.