The 2019 BMW M2 Competition is a new name, new price, and a very aggressive new attitude. As if the previous M2 was not good enough, BMW improves the smallest M division car with a big addition to horsepower, up to 405 from 365, and an equally big torque jump. Although the 2019 BMW M2 Competition costs a lot more than the standard Series 2 where it is based, it is also the most affordable and most enjoyable M car in the entire BMW lineup. It is true that the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and Audi RS 3 offer similar strength and luxury, but neither offers two doors, rear wheel drive and of course a manual transmission.
The 2019 BMW M2 is a high-performance coupe that available in one trim level. The M2 Competition comes with a bunch of racing-focused hardware and high-performance equipment like an Active M rear differential, upgraded brakes and track-ready cooling system. But even if you never track it, the M2 is still a luxury car. For that, it arrives with amenities like rain-sensing windshield wipers, universal garage remote, dual-zone climate control, 3-stage heated front seats, 14-way-power front seats and black Dakota leather upholstery. The infotainment system consists of an 8.8-inch center screen, navigation with real-time traffic, Bluetooth connectivity, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system with AM/FM/USB/HD Radio/CD player. Also standard is BMW Ultimate Service, which covers three years/36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.
Under the hood, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is backed by a new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 borrowed from the larger M3 and M4. It features direct injection, variable camshaft timing and variable-valve lift control to produce a robust 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. All BMW M2 is rear-wheel drive and come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional. Like many new cars these days, the 2019 BMW M2 features an automatic engine start/stop system that cuts power at stoplights to save fuel. If you find the restarts rough or annoying, the system can be disabled. BMW estimates, the 2019 M2 with DCT will do a 0-60 acceleration in 4.0 seconds flat.
3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with 6-speed manual or 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
405 horsepower @ 5,230-7,000 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 2,350-5,230 /rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 18/25 mpg (manual) and 17/23 mpg (automatic)
The 2019 BMW M2 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the M2 starting just under $60,000 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). For $2,500, the M Sport Package raises top speed to 174. Opting for an automatic transmission, one of the three metallic exterior paint colors, moonroof and other optional packages can bump the M2 price to over $65,000.