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BMW M2 anything but an entry-level vehicle
Sportscar is in coupe's DNA
 
Published Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:13 am
by Winfred Cross | For The Charlotte Post

BMW
The 2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe.

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You can call the BMW 2-series an entry-level vehicle and you would be right but it would probably insult the vehicle if it had feelings.


The car is actually closer to the BMW’s sporting heritage than she of its more expensive siblings.


This is especially true for the M2 Competition Coupe, which is a ridiculously fast, exceptionally smooth coupe that will melt the iciest heart of those who believe automobiles are only for A to B transportation.


When I say the M2 Competition is ridiculously fast, I’m talking 0-60 times of 4.2 seconds. That’s because of the 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder engine that cranks out 405 horsepower. This beast is hooked to a double-clutched seven speed automatic transmission that can be manipulated by paddle shifters. You can get a six-speed manual but this automatic is such a magical thing I think it’s worth the $2,900.


The first thing you notice once you are on the road is the glorious engine growls as you hit the gas. It’s a wondrous sound that come out of the dual exhaust which only lends to the exhilaration you feel when you are billeting down the road.


Lets talk about the driving experience, shall we? This car made me grin, scream, giggle and howl – nearly at the same time. Steering, handling, braking and accelerating  – there is nothing this car does not do well. Find a stretch of open road to feel the car’s penchant for speed and you are instantly rewarded.

Throw it around a twisty road with tight curves and you are rewarded. You are comforted if you have to stab the brakes because of something unexpected or just because you want to see how well the system works. This car is simply a beast that is willing to be tamed.


You are also comforted by sport seats. The M-sport seems are padded and contoured in all the right places to keep you in place as you put the car through its paces. The seats are covered in black, Dakota leather.


The interior is also filled with a host of other features. The Harmon Kardon stereo system has excellent sound and ls equipped with Apple CarPlay. The navigation system is easy to use and there is voice control for these systems.


The rest of the interior is filled with metal, carbon fiber and other high quality materials used in larger BMW sedans. The racing-inspired steering wheel has a few duplicated controls, but is basically there for gripping as tightly as possible while driving. There is an 8.8 high-def screen that displays navigation, audio and other car functions. The gauge cluster is simple but sporty.

Yes, there is a back seat, but it may only comfortable for children.

The car’s exterior is classic BMW. The kidney shaped grille is large and is functional, allowing lots of air to rush through to the twin-turbo inline-six. The 19-inch M-competition wheels certainly add muscle to the car’s already athletic profile. Even the mirrors get a bit of blackout trim that aid in aerodynamics and looks.

The Competition package also includes M-sport brakes, 19-inch wheels, ambient lighting, automatic climate control, rearview camera, shadow trim, heated front seat, parking distance control and active driving assistance. This comes at a price of $58,000.

Silver paint, auto transmission, executive package, M driver’s package and destination brought the as-tested price to $67,045.

Price a bit high? You can get a regular 2-Series for a lot less, but why? This car is a driver’s dream. It’s light, small and athletic. It’s also a BMW which means it’s sporting pedigree is legitimate. This is one of the better BMWs to buy.

Pros:

• A driver’s dream

• Glorious turbo in-line six

• Breaking, steering and handling

• Looks like a sports car

• Closest to BMW driving heritage

Cons:

• It’s small

• Price

Email Winfred Cross at cross@alldaytech.com.

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