The new BMW M2 Competition completely re-writes the bolt-action-rifle recipe of the standard M2. Well, think of the M2 Competition as a re-working of a formula such as E = mc2 but with x2 at the end. The "2" is a reference to the engine which goes from a single inline-straight-6 turbocharged unit to a 3.0-litre, 410 hp, and 550Nm twin-turbocharged nuclear fallout.
As such, the M2 will accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.2 seconds (M DCT transmission, 4.4 seconds with manual gearbox), before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
The optional M Driver’s Package increases the top speed to 170mph. Revised chassis/suspension tuning and an upgraded brake system means it handles sharper than the original M2, says BMW.
There are some visual differences that set the Competition model apart from the standard M2; a new front spoiler design and kidney grille finished in high-gloss Shadow Line black, which also feature on the side gills on the front wings, and for the redesigned quartet of tailpipes in the twin exhaust system.
A dark M Competition badge graces the rear end of the car, while the race-inspired design of the new double-arm door mirrors improve the aerodynamics.
A carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) high-precision strut from the BMW M3/M4 in the engine compartment. This is designed to improve front section rigidity and steering precision.
The BMW M2 Competition is available to order from mid-May with prices starting from £49,285.