BMW’s anticipated M2 Competition has been leaked online through the Australian brand, web site, confirming that it will use a 405bhp version of the brand’s S55 twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.
The unit, which is also the M3 and M4 (where it offers 425bhp), replaces the normal M2 N55 lump to send a significant 40bhp more to the rear wheels and turn a zero to 62mph sprint in 4.2 sec.
That is a tenth faster than the standard M2, but the M2 Competition will have the legs to an even larger amount once rolling due to its 406lb ft of torque, which represents a jump of 37lb ft. The N55 unit redlines at 7600rpm, suggesting also respond more ardently to be revved.
Along with its power of thrust, the M2 Competition also comes with an M Sport exhaust system, which can be adjusted through different modes, as well as the new settings of the frame to offer maneuverability. These new features are accompanied by small aesthetic changes, including new wheels and various M seats inside.
Even if there is still no official line from BMW on this hot M2 model, the loss, which has been taken down, suggests an official reveal is because of the imminent. M2 Competition arrival is not a surprise; spy photos of a development drive had prompted speculation that a S55-powered M2 was heading our way last summer.
Early reports suggested the car would be called the M2 CSL, which should return the three-letter production for the first time since 2004, when they decorated a more focused variant of the E46 M3. Even if the prediction was innacurate, the suggestion that the M2 will Contest a run-out version of the car before it goes out of production, is still thought to be accurate.
Autocar understands BMW’s M division chose to use the new 3.0-liter S55 engine in the M2 Competition because it offers improved performance, while remaining largely under stress. M2 older N55 engine is thought to have been running close to its maximum, reliable output.
Despite the switch of the engine, the M2 Competition of the character should be largely similar to that of the normal version, only with more attention. Is due with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Even if the latter allows the car’s title performance figures, market demand, driver-focused cars has ensured the manual remains the standard option.
BMW has been encouraged to produce even more hot M2 model following sales for the standard model, which have far exceeded the forecast. BMW M, vice president Dirk Hacker told Autocar late last year that this is making special editions more easy to justify, even in the current climate of economic uncertainty.
“The M2 is tracking at 40-50% above our expectations in terms of sales, and the demand for cars like the M2, or GTS, and CS heritage models, is growing,” he said. “Any car that has real heritage motorsport is an opportunity for us. New markets are always open for those cars will increase, so long as we continue to build cars that are pretty special.”
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