BMW M2 Still Small, But Mightier With 2019 M2 Competition

2019 BMW M2 Competition

Competes with: Audi RS 3, Audi TT RS, Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, Porsche 718 Cayman S

Looks like: An angrier Midnight Edition of the 2018 M2 with blacked-out trim, a larger grille and bat-wing mirrors

Drivetrains: 405 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder; six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic

Hits dealerships: Summer 2018

For 2019, BMW has elevated the already-hot little M2 coupe more to the level of a mini-M4, including a slightly less powerful version of the M4's twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder in place of the 2018's 365-horsepower twin-turbo mill.

Related: BMW Shoehorns 2018 X2 into Packed SUV Lineup

Exterior and Interior

The new 2019 M2 Competition replaces the current M2 coupe, and in addition to the new engine, it gets a series of upgrades and tweaks that make it an even more potent rear-wheel-drive pocket rocket. U.S. pricing will be announced closer to its arrival at dealers in the summer.

The look is very close to the current model, just angrier with blacked-out trim all around, starting with the slightly bigger gloss-black grille and reshaped bumper that BMW says improves cooling efficiency of the new cooling system borrowed from the M4 Competition Package. It also gets black bat-wing-style side mirrors, a blackened treatment for the four exhaust tips and good-looking new 19-inch alloy wheels in a choice of finishes.

Inside, the 2019 gets reshaped M Sport leather and Alcantara seats with integrated head restraints. And a pair of new paint colors outside includes a metallic orange to ensure the coupe gets noticed.

Under the Hood

But the major changes are about function, not form, with the star being the new and more powerful 405-hp (up 40 hp), twin-turbocharged inline six that puts out 406 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to a six-speed manual with rev-matching or an optional seven-speed M dual-clutch automatic with a transmission oil cooler. The engine also gets an improved, track-inspired oil supply system. And a new carbon-fiber brace in the engine bay improves front rigidity. A dual exhaust system with electronic flap control provides an M sound as the car powers to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds (with the automatic) and a limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the optional M Driver's Package).

The steering and suspension have been tweaked, and the M2 Competition now has the M2's first selector switches on the center console to control engine, steering and drive-mode settings. Favorite configurations can be stored and accessed via steering-wheel buttons.

The stability control has been retuned to come on later and allow more drift in corners while still enhancing traction and control. Also getting more performance is the locking electronic differential, and the M2 Competition has more stopping power with bigger six-piston brakes in the front and four-piston units in the rear.

Safety

Standard safety and driver aid technology includes a forward collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, and a lane departure warning.

2019 BMW M2 Competition; Manufacturer images

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