BMW’S M2 is about to become even more serious with its own Competition model. Like BMW’s other Competition variants such as the M3 and M4, the M2 is expected to receive suspension, differential and styling tweaks, however, MOTOR understands BMW’s popular baby M-car will benefit from a detuned version of the M3/M4’s S55 3.0-litre twinturbo six rather than a poweredup version of the current N55 or new B58 single-turbo engine.
Expect around 300kW/500Nm, 0-100km/h in 4.2sec, a 2018 arrival and a $105K price tag.
HONDA has sadly followed VW’s lead and will detune local Civic Type Rs citing fuel quality as the reason. Whereas Japanese and European Type Rs produce 235kW from the 2.0-litre turbo four, Aussie cars will produce the same 228kW as the previousgen hot Civic. The good news is that we still get the full 400Nm and the 5.7sec 0-100km/h claim is unaffected, while Honda also says that customers who use 98RON fuel can expect slightly more performance, so any difference should be marginal.