BMW Australia has hit the go pedal too early and accidently launched a mini-site for the new BMW M2 Competition ahead of its global reveal at the 2018 Beijing motor show later this month.
The page has since been pulled down but can be accessed via Google web cache.
As first reported by Drive last year and detailed last month, the new M2 Competition replaces the current M2 and will ditch its engine and interior bits for items from the M4 while bringing two new colours into the stable.
The current model’s N55 single-turbocharged engine has been replaced with the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre unit used in the larger M3/M4 that will produce the same torque but a little under that couple’s power output.
But it will boost the M2’s previous power and torque from 272kW and 475Nm to 302kW and 550Nm, and more importantly remove lag lower in the rev range before hitting redline at 7600rpm. The new engine will also meet new Euro emissions standards and has the potential to be easily wound-up in an end-of-line CS or CSL model in 2019.
But for now, we’ll see the more powerful coupe arrive with a dual-clutch automatic transmission cutting its 0-100km/h by just 0.1sec to 4.2 seconds and it will still be available with a manual transmission. Also shown in the leak are the new Hockenheim Silver and Sunset Orange paint options.
Visually, the M2 Competition adds a new front fascia with sharper intakes and blacked out grille with more inlets and black honeycomb inserts as well as new 19-inch alloy wheels.
Equipment listed for the Australian model include an M sports exhaust and M Division-tuned suspension.
Inside, the seats from the current M4 Competition replace the unique M2 pews and the bigger coupe's steering wheel features with two configurable M modes, highlighting a track-focus through BMW’s racetrack development and testing program.
The German brand is expected to reveal its M2 in a cheeky police-inspired Joy Enforcement wrap ahead of the car’s debut at the Beijing show this month.
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