Fear not, anoraks, as BMW M has listened to your cries of despair with the M2 Competition, which goes above and beyond the usual Competition Package tweaks.
The inline-6 is a version of the engine from the M3 and M4.
The monster in-line six is capable of pulling the M2 from a standstill to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.2 seconds when working in conjunction with the double clutch or in 4.4 seconds when paired to the manual.
There are also some choice M3/M4 bits in the auto, as the M2 Competition benefits from a racing-bred engine oil supply system, and the three-radiator M4 Competition Package cooling system that has been made to fit the M2 Competition.
Other goodies include a dual exhaust system with electronic flap control that provides the distinctive M sound and the CFRP high-precision strut from the BMW M3 and M4.
On the inside, you are greeted by the M2 Competition logo on the sill plate.
Hockenheim Silver is a new paint shade exclusive to the M2 Competition and Metallic Sunset Orange has been added to the range.
The six-speed manual gearbox will be the traditionalists' choice, but with rev-matching to blip the accelerator on downshifts and reduce engine revs when changing up through the gears, technology makes gearshifts smoother and faster. Steering dynamics have also been improved, with front and rear axles, as well as a carbon fiber strut brace borrowed from the M3 and M4.
The driver can control engine volume and tonality via a switch on the console.
The M2 Competition's kerb weight is 55kg heavier than the old M2's at 1550kg in six-speed manual guise, largely due to the engine. The seats are also new, and they boast an illuminated M2 badge. The software for the electric power steering and the Active M Differential have also been adjusted.
But the major changes are about function, not form, with the star being the new and more powerful 405-hp (up 40 hp), twin-turbocharged inline six that puts out 406 pounds-feet of torque.
Though black is the standard colour for the interior, including the perforated leather seats (and the optional sports variants), you can choose between blue and orange stitching for a little pizzazz.
Another first for the BMW M2 Competition is the addition of M1 and M2 buttons on the steering for adding and quickly jumping into custom driving mode settings.
Order books for the BMW M2 Competition open in mid-May, ahead of deliveries starting in August. Various driver assistive technologies are also included, such as forward collision warning, pedestrian warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and parking distance controls.
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