New BMW M2 Competition faces Cayman GTS with the M4 straight six

BMW M division has increased the performance potential of the M2 with the introduction of a great updated version of the rear-wheel drive coupe.

The 2018 model, which is called the M2 of the Competition, it replaces the standard M2. It packs a new 404bhp version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that powers the M3 and M4. This allows for greater sharpness from 0 to 62 mph time of 4.2 seconds in combination with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The maximum speed is governed to 155 mph. The new M2 has been designed to improve the position of the two-year performance coupe against rivals like the Porsche Cayman GTS and the Audi TT RS. As a result, the M2 Competition not only receives an extra shot of performance, but also adopts a number of subtle changes in the chassis.

BMW M division’s chief of development, Dirk Häcker, said chassis reviews provide the new M2 with significantly better response and more progressive at the limit of features” than its predecessor. “We have altered the steering wheel of the assignment, changed the spring and shock absorber adjustment and adjust again the DSC [Dynamic Stability Control] system,” he said Häcker. “It is still the benchmark in its class in terms of response and reactions, but now it glides with increased progressivity and enthusiasm.”

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The power of the new M2 comes from a detuned version of BMW M S55 engine, as used by the M3 and M4. In the M2 of the Competition, the twin-turbo 3.0-litre unit offers 404bhp between 5250rpm and 7000rpm and 405lb ft of 2350rpm at 5200rpm. This represents an increase of 40bhp and 62lb ft over the original M2 turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine N55, but it is 21bhp less than in the M3 and M4, albeit with the same pair. It also means that the M2 of the Competition has 44bhp and 95lb ft more than the turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder Cayman GTS.

The M2 Competition of the level of the curb weight is 55 kg heavier than the old M2 in 1550kg in six-speed manual guise, in large part due to the engine. Despite the fact that the coarse aggregate, their power-to-weight has increased in 17bhp per ton over its predecessor to 261bhp per tonne. The drive is channelled through the same six-speed manual standard and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes like today’s M2.

They have the same proportions as before and operate in combination with an electronic limited-slip Active M Differential, which provides an effect of locking of the rear wheels of between 0% and 100% depending on the prevailing traction, the degree of tilt and steering angle, among other factors.

In anticipation of a strict new CO2 emission guidelines, BMW M has given the engine a particulate filter. It is a development, Häcker, he said, that will also be adopted during the implementation of changes planned for the four years M4 at the end of this year (as picked up by Coach in February).

As a result, the new M2 emits 225 g/km of CO2 and an average of 28.5 mpg in manual guise and 209g/km and 30.7 mpg with the dual-clutch gearbox fitted.

The particulate filter, which is part of a new dual exhaust system that replaces the single routing in the outgoing M2.

It has two electronically controlled muffler flaps operated through a M dynamic performance of the control function to improve your sound.

BMW’s performance claims for the M2 Competition of the point-to-0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds for the standard manual version and 4.2 sec for the dual-clutch model. Both reach a top speed governed to 155 mph, but this can be raised to 174mph with an optional Controller Package.

By comparison, the largest M2 has a claimed 0-62 mph time of 4.5 sec for the manual and 4.3 seconds for the dual-clutch version. The Cayman GTS covers the 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds six-speed manual form and 4.3 seconds with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

To accommodate the new engine, BMW has redesigned the M2 in the front, to give it an extra radiator, as well as a new boomerang in the form of carbonfibre-reinforced plastic support brace. The changes are claimed to offer significantly greater rigidity and added steering precision.

Taking advantage of the increased stiffness, BMW M has altered the direction of mapping. “The focus is on additional in the center of the response,” said Häcker. “We have improved a lot.”

Other changes include an optional brake package. This replaces the standard 380 mm front and 370 mm rear discs and four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers with 400mm front and 380mm rear discs allied to six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

The differential has also been upgraded with a new software, Häcker, he said, has allowed vital changes to the DSC system via a new MDM (M Dynamic Mode) which is activated in the Sport+ driving mode. “Now intervenes later, allowing for more oversteer and more controlled drifts. However, the DSC can still be relied on in critical situations,” he said.

The M2 of the Competition takes a number of styling changes that give it an aggressive look and direction of the new engine of the need to improve the cooling efficiency.

In the front, there is a more heavily structured bumper with large cooling ducts, a new design of the kidney grille and more advanced headlights, which are an adaptation of the function of the LED as a standard.

Other visual changes include the new M-style exterior mirror housings similar to those of M3 and M4 as well as a slightly redesigned rear lights, an alteration of the rear bumper and, as a rule, in the united kingdom, new 19in forged alloy wheels shod with 245/35-profile (front) and 265/35 (rear) Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

In the interior, the M2 of the Competition is unlike the previous model by a series of subtle changes. Included as standard on the uk models of the new M-Sport front seats, a reconfigured M instruments, M safety belts in multiple colors, the M Drive manager function of the M3 and M4, Park Distance Control and a red start/stop button.

The M2 of the Competition costs £49,285 in manual form and £51,930 in a double clutch of the appearance, in comparison with £46,740 starting price of the outgoing M2. The first deliveries in the uk will begin in August.

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