2019 BMW M2 Competition Review and Price. Starting at $58,900, The 2019 BMW M2 Competition will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds with the stick and 4.0 seconds with the dual-clutch. That’s down from 4.3 seconds and 4.1 seconds respectively in the outgoing M2.
Full Specs of The 2019 BMW M2 Competition
Pricing: MSRP $58,900, Invoice $55,275; Fuel: Gasoline Fuel; MPG: 22 MPG
Engine: Straight 6 Cylinder Engine, Turbocharged; Drivetrain:Rear Wheel Drive; Transmission: 6-Speed M/T, M/T; Body style: Coupes
Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS
Differential: Locking/Limited Slip Differential
Steering: Power Steering
Tires: Tire Pressure Monitor
Wheels: Aluminum Wheels
Technology Features of The 2019 BMW M2 Competition
Audio: AM/FM Stereo, HD Radio, Satellite Radio, Auxiliary Audio Input, Hard Disk Drive Media Storage, MP3 Player, Premium Sound System, Smart Device Integration
Locks: Keyless Entry, Power Door Locks
Mirrors: Heated Mirrors, Power Folding Mirrors, Power Mirror(s), Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror, Driver Vanity Mirror, Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror, Passenger Vanity Mirror, Mirror Memory
Tech: Intermittent Wipers, Rain Sensing Wipers, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers, Automatic Headlights, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Telematics, Leather Steering Wheel, Keyless Start, Hands-Free Liftgate, Universal Garage Door Opener, Cruise Control, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connection, Trip Computer, Security System, Engine Immobilizer, Rear Parking Aid, Back-Up Camera
Safety Features of The 2019 BMW M2 Competition
Safety Features: Brake Assist, Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors, Daytime Running Lights, Headlights-Auto-Leveling, Stability Control, Traction Control, Lane Departure Warning
Air Bags: Front Side Air Bag, Driver Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, Front Head Air Bag, Rear Head Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag Sensor, Knee Air Bag
Cabin of The 2019 BMW M2 Competition
Air Conditioning: A/C, Climate Control, Multi-Zone A/C
Seat Trim: Leather Seats
Windows: Rear Defrost, Power Windows
Seats: Bucket Seats, Heated Front Seat(s), Power Driver Seat, Power Passenger Seat, Pass-Through Rear Seat, Rear Bench Seat, Driver Adjustable Lumbar, Passenger Adjustable Lumbar, Seat Memory
Dimensions of The 2019 BMW M2 Competition
Wheelbase (in): 106 in
Length,Overall (in): 176.2 in
Height,Overall (in): 55.5 in
Base Curb Weight (lbs): 55 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 13.7
EPA Classification: Subcompact Cars
Better begins with a fresh 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder heart under the hood from the M3/M4, though detuned slightly from 425 horsepower to 405 to not nip too closely to the heels of its bigger siblings. That’s still good for a 40-pony increase over the old single-turbo mill, while torque leaps from 343 pound-feet to a hearty 406. A 6-speed manual transmission remains standard and a 7-speed dual-clutch unit can be equipped for an additional $2,900.
To better cool things in high-stress situations, like hot lapping the 3.37-mile Ascari circuit in Ronda, Spain, there are larger front fascia and kidney grille openings to feed more air to the heavier-duty cooling system plucked from the M4 with the Competition Package. The engine’s extra grunt is immediately apparent around the challenging track to rocket the 3,600-pound coupe out of corners and down straights, with peak torque at your disposal between 2,350 to 5,250 rpm.
The manual transmission is a joy to row through around Ascari even with its slightly rubbery gear engagement, while auto rev-matching for downshifts letting you focus more on hitting your marks and not embarrassingly throwing it off the track. For the heel-and-toe purists, rev-matching can be disabled. A session in a dual-clutch is also entertaining, with brisk response to manual shift commands and perfectly-timed gear changes in full-auto mode, but the maximum driver-satisfaction title goes to the standard gearbox.
The result is brisk turn-in, admirable grip through corners on the 245/35ZR19 front and 265/35ZR19 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and fade-free brakes for our lead-follow track sessions. Following a ginger warm-up lap are two flying laps with stability control completely on to provide comfortable safety net for rapid and mostly drama-free running.
Once familiar with the track and car, I punch up M Dynamic Mode to loosen stability control’s grip and make things a little more interesting. More wheel spin and slip angle forces me to actually drive and concentrate on smooth steering, throttle and brake inputs to keep the M2 going in the right direction. Things are more challenging with the looser rear end, but a balanced and communicative chassis doesn’t make it impossible to cane the M2 Competition around the track quickly. When you nail a few corners in succession, it’s a tremendously rewarding experience.
I like more power just as much as the next guy, but the M2’s most endearing trait continues to be its handling character, which has also undergone some tinkering during its Competition transformation. A carbon fiber engine compartment brace borrowed from the M3/M4 adds rigidity to the front, while upgraded ball joints, aluminum control arms and rigid-mounted rear subframe sharpen response. The tuning for the steering and torque-vectoring rear differential has also been revised, and six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers now clamp down on larger discs.
For those not concerned about lap times and preferring to go for style points, M Dynamic Mode will let you induce controlled drifts. I don’t purposely try to get things slightly sideways, but do so a couple of times accidentally when getting on the throttle too hard out of a corner as I race to keep up with the lead car being driven by a BMW factory hot shoe. He may have stayed ahead, but I at least got a chuckle out of it each time.
On twisty mountain roads 15 minutes away from the track, the M2 Competition continues to impress with its quick reflexes and fun overall demeanor. Ride compliance isn’t terrible with the passive suspension offering enough give to soften the blow from bumps and the generously bolstered M Sport seats keeping me comfortable and tied down in place.
If you’re waiting to hear about a slew of M2 Competition cabin alterations, prepare to be disappointed. Changes simply encompass the steering wheel from the M3/M4 with Competition Package, BMW M stripes woven into the seatbelts and a red engine start/stop button.
Controlling infotainment is BMW’s responsive iDrive 6 system with an 8.8-inch screen that includes a standard 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio, navigation and Apple CarPlay capabilities. Disappointingly, BMW still doesn’t support Android Auto. A Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging pad are available as options. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and a rearview camera.
When it arrives in dealers in September, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition will begin at $59,895 including destination, which is a nice bump over the 2018 BMW M2’s $55,495 starting price tag. You could look at the Competition’s steeper cost of entry as a strike against it, but then again, it is substantially more capable than its predecessor and still quite a bit more affordable than the $70,145 M4 coupe.
It looks like I still got nothing when it comes to finding major flaws with the M2.
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