2019 BMW M2 Competition Flies Around Roebling Road Raceway
BMW’s M division keeps its foot down with the more powerful and focused M-powered coupe in Bloomingdale, Georgia.
The are multiple tiers to the BMW 2 Series model hierarchy. It’s available as a coupe or a convertible. Both body styles come in 230i or M240i form, with or without BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. BMW’s M performance division isn’t doing things that way for 2019. There’s no regular M2 now. This year, M has gone straight to the top. Now it only offers the M2 Competition model.
MotorWeek recently got a chance to test it in an appropriate setting: the Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Georgia.
According to host John Davis, M decided against using a juiced-up version of the regular M2’s inline-six engine. Instead, they went with “a slightly detuned version of the M4‘s twin-turbo unit.” Output is a stout 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed M DCT gearbox and rear-wheel drive puts that power to the road.
Airflow is essential to feeding and cooling a track-focused car so M gave the M2 Competition larger front air intakes and a kidney grille that allows more air through. Black trim adds a sporty touch to the exterior, including the quad exhausts under the back bumper. Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber (245/35 in the front and 265/35 in the rear) keep it connected to the tarmac. Those conceal larger brakes. Davis adds, “Suspension tweaks include more parts from the M4 and the steering system, rear differential, and electronics have all been upgraded.”
The biggest changes to the cabin are a pair of M buttons on the steering wheel for saving settings for various systems such as the steering and suspension, new seats, M2 Competition logos, and colored stitching.
Out on the drag strip, the cold weather hurts the M2 Competition’s 0-60 mph time, which ends up being 4.3 seconds – 0.1 seconds slower than the time MotorWeek clocked in a regular M2. Davis says, “But we made up for it once we got rolling as our 12.6-second quarter mile time was two tenths quicker than before, finishing at 115 miles per hour.”
The M2 Competition continues to impress once the going gets twisty. It provides so much feel and feedback that it’s easy to quickly figure out. Both grip and stopping power are abundant. Davis says it’s capable of “exiting with just the perfect amount of wheel slip to rotate the car without losing momentum.” He even goes as far as saying that it’s only in competition with itself. Once enough M2 Competitions hit public roads, that will change in a hurry…and there will be video to prove it.