This year’s BMW M Trackday Malaysia event held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) earlier today kicked off on a racy note as BMW Malaysia officially introduced the hot new M2 Competition.
This is the replacement of the BMW M2 Coupe (LCI) that was available previously. Seasoned readers would already be all too familiar with Bavaria’s angry little blighter by now. But for the uninitiated, we’ll get straight into it by telling you that this is the hotter and more focused version of Beemer’s smallest-sized coupe road car.
At the heart of things, a 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo petrol mill drives the M2 Competition. The mill’s output of 410bhp and 550Nm marks a 40bhp and 50Nm bump from the outgoing M2 Coupe it replaces.
The M2 Competition’s heart in fact a detuned version of the S55 lump found in the M3 and M4, benefitting with a few race-derived bits like its oil supply, cooling system, as well as a dedicated sports exhaust system brimmed with electronically controlled flaps to vary its flow and decibels.
Said heart drives the rear wheels exclusively through a choice between a 7-speed DCT automatic or a 6-speed manual. Yes, you read that right, BMW Malaysia have made a manual box option available for its most focused driver’s car yet.
As for performance, the DCT-equipped M2 Competition will sprint from nought to 100kph in just 4.2 seconds, or about 4.4 seconds if you row the six-speed cogs yourself fast enough. V-Max, on the other hand, is electronically governed at 250kph.
Of course, the M2 Competition isn’t just fast in a straight line, it’s also fast in corners thanks to its uprated chassis. Notable features here include a neat carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) brace in the engine bay, likely nicked from the M3/M4.
There’s also the recalibrated electronic driver assistance package that allows for more delicate controls, greater traction in the wet, and reduced intervention for enhanced track driving experiences.
Of course, a chassis this focused warrants equally mighty tyres, and the M2 Competition employs sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber shod on all four of its 19-inch M double-spoke ‘Style 437’ lightweight alloys, staggered with a 245/35 profile up front and wider 265/45 profile at the back.
Other notable bits include the inclusion of M1 and M2 buttons on the wheel for drivers to set their custom drive modes, LED headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation-ready 8.8-inch infotainment, as well as the presence of the BMW M Laptimer function amongst many.
Like what you see? Well, you’ll need to fork out upwards of RM626,800 (OTR excluding insurance) to drive one out of the showroom. At least said price does include a five-year, unlimited mileage free scheduled service program, plus a two-year warranty on the tyres too.
See more of the new BMW M2 Competition in the galleries we’ve prepared below.