The 2019 M2 Competition is the first time since M introduced it’s small car offering with the 1M that they’ve put a proper M engine in one. But that’s not all that M engineers have been toying with on the M2. There are a host of changes on and under the skin of the M2 Competition that are worth digging into. In this video BMW does just that by walking us around the car and going through those details one by one.
For a bit more background on what will likely be an exceptional little car, lets talk about some of the finer points we’re particularly interested in. The S55’s mid-range torque (not something the N55 doesn’t have a problem with on paper) will be a noticeable improvement given how it feels in the heavier M4. While the 0-60 time is only .1 faster, we’d bet a fair amount that this M2 will feel decidedly faster.
Then there’s the suspension improvements. One area that the M2 excelled at from launch was its grip and ability to be predicable at the limit (ironically one area that makes it for better or worse different from the 1M). Having drifted (not completely on purpose) an M2 down the corkscrew of Laguna Seca I can speak to the limits and the general ease of use of the current M2. According to BMW this is now significantly improved thanks to altered steering mapping, spring and damper tuning and recalibrated DSC.
While a few of us look at the race to predicability and grip perfection as contrary to what makes a sporty car enjoyable, there’s little question that these motorsport driven improvements will create a faster and more capable car. So good in fact that BMW is taking away the option of the standard car entirely and just offering the M2 Competition going forward.
For the enthusiast the M2 Competition these are all promising developments. It’s a small BMW with a true M engine being offered in both manual and DCT forms. With seemingly no stone now left unturned by modification, it takes an already excellent product to the next level. In so many ways this is exactly what BMW M has done since the E30 M3. It’s nice to know they can still nail it.
The M2 Competition goes on-sale later this summer for 58,900.