Considering that the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is inheriting the S55 engine from the M3/M4, you might be tempted to look at the M2 as the recipient of a hand-me-down. Unlike that worn-out shirt that you got from your older brother, the S55 has plenty of life left in it. The standard M2 used a modified regular production BMW engine, which offered 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. The S55, a 3.0 liter twin-turbo inline six, bumps those figures up to 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The Competition also comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission with a seven-speed dual-clutch option.
That bump in numbers means that the Competition is 0.1 seconds faster in the 0–60 measurement (the manual does 0–60 in 4.2 while the dual-clutch hits the mark at 4.0). The lightweight forged crankshaft has the added benefit of raising the redline from 7,000 rpm to 7,600. The bigger engine and higher performance turns up the heat, so advances in cooling and lubrication needed to happen as well. BMW M engineers also improved the chassis, including using the front and rear axles from the M3/M4 and an under-hood carbon-fiber strut brace. The 19-inch forged alloy wheels are equipped with bigger brakes and six-piston calipers on the front with four on the back. Throttle mapping and steering weight are also configurable, enhancing the driving experience.