BMW has added even more firepower to the M2 mix with the introduction of the hardcore M2 Competition.
Set apart from the ‘standard’ car by its new front spoiler and redesigned quad exhaust pipes, the £49,285 replacement is set to boast sharper handling and improved performance.
Of all the upgrades, the revisions to the 3.0-litre engine are the most prominent. As before, it’s a twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol unit, but subtle changes mean it now produces 404bhp. That’s enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
If you specify the automatic transmission and the M Driver’s Package, however, you’re looking at 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and a 170mph top speed.
And power isn’t the only thing BMW has added to the mix. The German company has fiddled with the stability control system and added a new high-tech differential, while the suspension, steering and aerodynamics have all been tweaked.
There’s even a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic strut brace between the two front suspension mountings, which is designed to improve handling.
In the cabin, the M2 Competition gets the same basic layout as the outgoing M2 – and even the standard 2 Series – but the details have been altered. Sporty bucket seats with an illuminated M2 logo dominate proceedings, while the starter button is now red.
Bigger changes can be found on the equipment list, which is now adorned with front parking sensors and safety kit such as lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.