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Turn your BMW M2 Competition into a road racer

Includes: motorsport suspension, massive brakes and a POWERDOME

Published: 08 May 2018

BMW has revealed a raft of proper factory-fit M Performance upgrades for its recently unveiled M2 Competition. Accept them all, and you can call yours a BMW M2 Competition-er. Or Competition-est.

Because the new BMW M2 Competition is already faster and more powerful than the ‘standard’ M2 it completely replaces. It produces 404bhp from a detuned M4 engine and can go from 0-62mph in 4.4secs (or 4.2 with an automatic gearbox). These new upgrades to the, um, upgraded M2 threaten to go full motorsport nerd.

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There’s the option of a suspension retro-fit kit, which lower the M2 Comp by up to 20mm, and offer remarkable settings for the damping: 12 settings to establish the compression stage, and 16 settings on the rebound. You can’t handle that much compression and rebound.

You can upgrade the brakes, too, with aluminium six-piston fixed calipers up front and four-piston at the back, coupled with larger, internally ventilated discs and better pads. These all slot in behind lighter 19in M Performance forged alloys that save 3.2kg over the standard wheel. They’re also available in motorsport-friendly colours of gold or black. Go for gold. You just have to.

We now have to talk about the POWERDOME. BMW has built a carbon fibre bonnet that, for the first time on the M2, introduces the swollen central section so beloved of M cars. That takes 9kg of load off the front axle. You can spec a carbon roof too (another 5kg off), carbon boot (another 6kg) and carbon side panels.

Want more carbon fibre goodness? You can buy a splitter, kidney grille, air breathers, mirror caps, rear diffusor, side skirt extensions and a rear spoiler. One accessory not made from carbon fibre is the on-board data analyser, that serves up your lap times, engine data, brake use and acceleration.

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Other options include one to really, really annoy the neighbours. BMW labels it ‘M Performance exhaust system’. The upgrade saves 8kg over the regular Comp’s exhaust, is made from stainless steel, gets a titanium rear silencer and 93mm exhaust tips built from carbon fibre. You can even spec the ‘sound range’. Glue it to Sport+ and be done with it.

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