G-Power Can Crank Your BMW M2 Competition To 532 HP (397 KW) For Just R22,500
Having driven the BMW M2 Competition and determined that it packs more than enough horses as standard one can only imagine how impossible it is to drive with 532 hp (397 kW).
Well known BMW tuner G-Power is currently offering the Performance Software V1 S ECU tune for just $1,562 (approx. R22,500) until the 3rd of June. Sadly this is only offered in Germany but if you do manage to take them up on this offer, your BMW M2 Competition will deliver 532 horsepower (397 kW) and 700 Nm of torque.
That is a substantial 128 hp (95 kw) and 150 Nm increase over the factory standard car.
BMW M2 will live on (but there will be no M1), says M boss
The head of BMW’s high-performance M division says the firm will build "a proper M2 successor", but has also effectively ruled out a full-fat M-badged version of the new 1 Series.
Speaking to whichcar.com.au, BMW M boss Markus Flasch said the Munich-based automaker would create a worthy follow-up to the current M2 Competition, a rear-wheel-drive coupé powered by a 302 kW straight-six.
“The M2 is the M iconic at the moment and we’ll make sure it stays that way. I am very confident we will have a proper M2 successor that fills the needs of the traditional M car,” Flasch said.
The Australian publication pointed out the next-generation M2 was not expected until 2022 “at the earliest.
BMW M boss on why M2 Competition is the most popular M car
The CEO of BMW’s M division says the M2 Competition is the most popular M-badged vehicle not because of its overall performance but rather thanks to its “character”.
Markus Flasch made the comments during a round-table interview with journalists in Munich attended by CAR magazine.
The Austrian-born CEO said although he owned a Z3 M Coupé, his favourite vehicle in the current line-up was the M2 Competition.
“Everyone calls the M2 Competition their favourite M car, it seems, and to me this has got so much to do with character. It's not just about performance and lap times,” he said.
“Of course, this is what [the] engineers work towards. But it's so much about character because not every one of our customers is capable and has the chance to go on a racetrack to really find out what the ultimate performance of the car is.
BMW will be introducing a very special version of its critically acclaimed M2 in the near future. We reported on this back in 2017, but there have been some developments.
The BMW M2 CS will follow a similar strategy to the M4 CS – it will be a hardened, more powerful and lighter track-focused machine. It is said to be revealed later this year with the production run beginning in 2020.
This artist's impression of the M2, supplied exclusively to Cars.co.za, shows an M2 with the same treatment as an M4 CS. Bits to be added to the M2 CS are a lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic bonnet and rear diffuser. It’s also likely to get a fixed rear spoiler and a new front splitter. Brakes and suspension will no doubt get an upgrade and the wheels will be especially lightweight. From what we’ve seen with the M4 CS, it will also get a set of super-sticky Michelin tyres to help improve traction.
According to various reports, BMW has dispensed with the upgraded 235i/240i engine that resides in the current M2, and will transplant the M engine from the M3/M4 into the M2 CS. It could be slightly detuned so as not to step on the toes of the bigger brother, but for those who know their engine codes, this is the S55 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder motor which will be producing around 330 kW and 550 Nm.
BMW M2 Competition coupé handed carbon-fibre parts ... and 434 kW!
The BMW M2 Competition was never lacking in power, with its twin-turbo straight-six petrol engine producing 302 kW and 550 N.m of torque as standard. However, the folks over at German firm KK Automobile clearly think that the Bavarian sportscar needs more oomph.
Dubbed the M2 KK CS, the tuned BMW M2 Competition has received under-the-bonnet modifications in the shape of chip tuning, new turbochargers and a revised air-intake system. A sports exhaust system has been fitted, too, making the standard six-cylinder mill even louder.
Thanks to these upgrades, the car’s standard power output have been uprated to a whopping 434 kW. The tuner makes no mention of whether the torque has been increased.
We're one step closer to the reveal of the BMW M2 CS. Here are even more tantalising details.
Spotted undergoing performance testing at the Nurburgring was this BMW M2 CS prototype. Our spy photographers always send us some info along with the images and the big news they shared is the presence of a 6-speed manual gearbox! When it comes to market, the BMW M2 CS will be packing more power and torque, as well as a lower kerb weight. This will be the most hardcore iteration of the BMW M2 and should provide the purest form of driving. The recipe sounds glorious: a 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder driving the rear wheels packaged in a lightweight coupe body.
Lightweight M division model to shed kit, get new aero package and more power
BMW’s M performance car division is finalising development of a lightweight version of its highly acclaimed M2.
Carrying the German company’s CS name into production in early 2020, the new coupé builds on developments brought to the 2018 M2 Competition in a move that is expected to make it challenge the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 for dynamic ability.
The new M model, which is set to be priced at over £60,000 in the UK, will act as a swansong for the existing first-generation M2 ahead of the launch of a new rear-wheel-drive successor model in 2021.
Among the changes brought to the M2 CS is a revised aerodynamic package consisting of a deeper front bumper that features a more pronounced lower lip, revised side sills, larger rear deck spoiler and reprofiled rear bumper.
More significant, however, is the replacement of the M2 Competition’s steel roof with a carbonfibre one, already optionally available through BMW’s M Performance catalogue. It reduces the weight of the new car by only 5kg, but the reduction is made at the highest point of the M2 CS, giving it a lower centre of gravity than its standard sibling.