Could the compact sports coupe be BMW’s latest performance masterpiece?

BMW is no stranger to building superstar sports cars. The BMW M3 CS counts as one, and now, it looks like Bimmer’s preparing for the next one. Tipped to be the next great Bimmer, the M2 Competition is coming, possibly as early as April 2018. If that timetable holds, look for the new compact performance coupe to hit dealerships sometime in the summertime.

2017 BMW M2 CSL Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Note: BMW M2 CSL rendered here.

Tipped to be the next great Bimmer, the M2 Competition is coming, possibly as early as April 2018

It’s no secret that the BMW M2 Competition has a lot of hype surrounding it. BMW made that poignantly clear when it described the car in glowing terms, specifically identifying it as the model that would take the spirit of the M2 to a “new level.” Hyperbole aside, there’s a lot of merit to those claims, especially if the car ends up exceeding the hype it’s already receiving.

From what we know, the M2 Competition will do away with the 3.0-liter six-cylinder N55 engine that the current M2 has under its hood. Instead, the sports coupe will receive a detuned version of the S55 engine that’s currently powering the M3 and M4. The power numbers are swirling around 405 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque, giving it 50 extra horses and almost 40 pound-feet of torque more than the standard M2. The detuned N55 engine is also reportedly getting either a seven-speed M-DCT transmission or a six-speed manual.

2018 BMW M3 CS Drivetrain
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Beefed-up six-cylinder engine

Note: BMW M3 CS engine pictured here

The sports coupe will receive a detuned version of the S55 engine that’s currently powering the M3 and M4

The increased power is going to be a huge selling point for the M2 Competition, though it wouldn’t be the only one. Just as easily, BMW can tout the lighter weight of the performance coupe compared to its standard counterpart. Details on that front are still scarce, but separate reports have said that the M2 Competition would be about 100 pounds lighter than the current M2. Combine that with the extra dose of power and the potential for a more aggressive response from the new twin-turbo engine, and you’re looking at a car that could live up to BMW’s claims of taking the M2 to a new level.

Outside of all the promises of power and performance, the M2 Competition will also introduce a palette of new colors, including Silver Hockenheim and Sunset Orange. These two shades will be complemented by existing colors like Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Mineral Grey, and Long Beach Blue Metallic.

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The M2 Competition would be about 100 pounds lighter than the current M2

Before I get too far ahead of myself, I will say that I’ll begin to wait in earnest for the M2 Competition’s arrival once BMW confirms it. But considering that the reported schedule of its debut comes to us by way of BMWBlog, it wouldn’t be surprising if that confirmation happens sooner than later. Cross your fingers that it does because we’ve waited a long time for the M2 Competition’s arrival. It’s time for Bimmer’s supposed next-great performance ride to show itself.

References

BMW M2

2017 BMW M2 CSL Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M2 CSL.

The BMW M2 Competition Could Debut in April!!! High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.

2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 2 Series.

Source: BMW Blog

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