2019 BMW M2 First Drive: When The Tail Wags The Dog

What is it?

This angry, very gray coupe is the new BMW M2 Competition. This is Version 2.0 so to speak. See, the "normal" M2 suffered from a tremendous lack of performance and was otherwise a rather bland vehicle (sarcasm), so M GmbH decided to build a much more competitive (hence the “Competition” in the name) car. With an absolute monster of an engine, the M2 Competition follows the old wisdom that it’s never a bad idea to stuff a scary amount of power into a car that is actually too small for it. How wonderful.

What's new?

As I said, the M2 Competition is – in addition to various tweaks – all about the new hammer between the front wheel arches. The M2 Competition now has the S55 3.0-liter biturbo engine from its big brothers, the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. Not that it really needed it, but would you complain about scoring the Executive Suite instead of the Premium Double Room? Exactly.

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In Competition trim, the engine makes 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That's 40 hp and 37 lb-ft more than before. In other words, the M2 Compeition is more powerful than the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and Audi RS3. The Audi TT RS and Porsche Cayman GTS should also watch out.

The new unit spins much higher than the old one, with a 7,600-rpm redline. Of course, the M2 remains rear-wheel drive and features a standard six-speed manual transmission. Optionally, a ...