2019 BMW M2 Competition | The Throwback Machine

2019 BMW M2 Competition | The Throwback Machine



look at what we have here another BMW yes this time it's the m2 competition and this is also a try industries fundraiser cart which we'll get into in a bit in this lovely lingerie blue metallic there's so much to like and to dislike but let's get into it now it's time to talk about try industries a local non-for-profit organization in the northern illinois area whose mission is to employ people of severe disabilities and disabled veterans in hopes to help rehabilitate them to give them a place to come to work free of discrimination I've talked to the people that work there I've worked with those who run this business and one of the big challenges with a non for profit is revenue of course and they've come up with a creative way as car enthusiasts to purchase vehicles and to raffle them off and I'm here to try to help showcase the m2 competition if you want to support their mission donate to them to potentially win this if not watch the video and enjoy thank you for your support I feel that I'm treated as an employee because they understand that just because you have a disability that I mean you can be do disabled and you can't do anything and here's something that we can do if we put our mind to it and work hard and strive for the best you're supportive transferees is not just about creating jobs it's about creating hope it's about creating new opportunities and new directions and it's about giving people a place to go where they know they fit in and they know they're wanted all right the competition interior space yes this is a two series yes it's been started up to become a sports car and when I look at this cabin I think well there's a lot of good things about it there's simplicity for one most of the physical controls are stupid intuitive your HVAC controls your seat heater traction control button even your light switches are not confusing and then I think to myself well I'm spending sixty three thousand dollars on this car and it feels like something I'd get in the twenty thousand dollar price range I know yes there's carbon accents in here because that's what we need but it just it feels very low-rent for the price so I'm hoping that they're gonna make up for some of this in other ways now I know some people are gonna get bent out of shape about me calling this a chintzy interior space and the truth is if you're buying an m2 competition you don't care about the luxury options that BMW are putting in their m5 or their there m8 or whatever you want a more back to basics approach so there's not padding on the door panels and the cupholders there's not the fragrance dispenser that blows Axe body spray all over you and poisons you know they focus on the things that you want from a driving experience the thick and meaty steering wheel the paddles feel solid and they don't feel like they're gonna break off when you click them these sill space is wit wide enough to accommodate a water wider body type your passengers gonna feel comfortable in here you can drive this every day with just enough luxury amenities that you're gonna appreciate while still shrinking down the cabin to feel connected to the car I never felt like I was driving a boat I never felt like I was driving something I didn't have complete and utter control of and you feel a better connection with this BMW than you have in pretty much any car in recent history all right let's talk about the other nuances like the N Load buttons on this left side of the steering wheel if you have two drivers for example you have M mode one and you go in the infotainment you set everything the way you want it everything off and when you get on the street you hit it twice you pull out of a parking lot flat out you spin this thing into a curb you can do that if you're a softer driver or you want a more leisurely experience getting your curly fries in the Arby's drive-through you set em mode button – with everything on it allows you that flexibility but everything else is standard bm's BMW stuff that you've seen forever I Drive modes the infotainment the horrible Harman Kardon sound system that sounds like they ripped it out of the day Woola Ganza everything you've expected in the past is still here enough of that let's get into the shop and talk turkey about the technical aspects of the m2 competition we are under the brand-new BMW m2 competition this is supplied to us from tri industry so that means it's not a part of a press fleet it's never been molested curbed driven like by an angry journalist so it really is a new car and better yet it's been ramped by Chicago auto pros and paint corrected that's right so you have paint protection film on the front which is perfect for when I decide to drive you over the blood will come off easier so the m2 competition has replaced the m2 that's for a variety of reason to promote primarily emissions okay and what do we get with the m2 competition why is everybody all hot and bothered over this a faster motor bigger brakes different suspension tuning it's really it actually okay so when you look at the underbody of this you're gonna see a few things you're gonna see the end specific lower suspension and upper suspension pieces with em stampings on them they've changed lower control arms they've changed in this case you have aluminum shock bodies which is kind of the standard thing the bigger brakes and of course you have the cooling ducts and more airflow for the coolers that they add oil cooler as well which is huge yes it is pretty big and you need it if you're driving hard which obviously BMW expects that you're gonna be driving this a little bit harder so you don't want to have any heat issues you know an aluminum a very hardcore aluminum skid plate this you can definitely take bottom units out it actually has a jack point on it as well and then you have an up kick or a kick up here for transmission cooling and the arrow panel or NVH panels that they put under here now I think it's best to go in the back and talk about some of the changes there alright we've made it to the rear of the m2 competition alright tell me what did they do so as I mentioned earlier they made some changes from the m2 past just the more high-performance motor they've added larger brakes so you know have six piston fronts and larger rear brakes as well so now you have four piston rears going from a two piston and a four pissed and respectively they've also changed the dampening rates to deal with the higher horsepower and they've recalibrated the MDM mode to allow for more wheel slip so you can really monkey this thing around if you want well that's good too because obviously if you're gonna go turn the all the stability control off on this car it's very it's very a sucide waist car so having that and the M mode give you more slip while still giving you a safety not as good for some drivers especially on the street so the other thing that they did here and this is typical of when you try to make an affordable sports car is they have two reutilize some things that they already have like the control arms here the lower control arms the em control arms are borrowed off the m3 m4 now the thing is the arcade or the platform here is slightly different so they have to create they created a new subframe assembly in order to fit these new control arms and you know you can take a look at this compared to the regular two series and it's much different you know and then there's other things like the exhaust tuning this thing burbles and farts and one of the big complaints about it is you know BMWs good about designing their mufflers to help flow air smoothly out the back which this is another design but when you have these black or black chrome exhaust tips and you have this ugly-ass silver muffler that hangs down it doesn't make all those it doesn't just why not coat it black or something it does sound ridiculous though does sound good for this type of motor and this is another change they made to the m2 competition it was a different exhausting fun on the regular until it works for me and I really the last thing to talk about the M differential typical stuff there's never a point where you're at a loss for grip when you pound in this thing even foot to the floor you're gonna go sideways but it it does help transfer the power where it needs to go so it's a highlight of the car and the probe drivers I've spoken to all speak very highly of how robust the SEM differential is okay at SEMA almost a year ago they pounded these cars around all day long 24 hours drifting them out front and they didn't have any failures yeah they'll just leak like a sieve BMW problems let's go take a look under the hood Jack we're looking at a German vehicle under the hood and this is a true M motor unlike the m2 before it yeah this s 55 that's in this m2 competition solves all the problems I had with a regular m2 that car didn't feel special this does yeah and I will give you that and it has this really nice fancy structural carbon fiber brace that connects the strut towers to the radiator support bracket so what else did they do so for all intents and purposes this is the detune m4 competition cooling an engine package this makes about 50 less horsepower than the m4 competition does but it has all the fancy-pants coolers it has its two supplemental radiators and the lower grilles and has a larger kidney grille for its radiator itself and a cooler all of us we mentioned below but it's important to know yeah and because this has the DCT dual clutch DSG which is VW but yeah it's got a dual clutch transom because of how high-performance it is they've chosen to cool at which the manual transmission does not have a cooler because it doesn't need it and having this out on track not this card not the fundraiser car but a press car it was getting beat on all day no check engine lights no cooling issues no overheating problems no trans problems so I'm really impressed with how much abuse that it can take and just because it's detuned doesn't mean that it doesn't have the power because when you look at the weight distribution chart here it is less weight than like the m4 is the weight distribution cross weight is okay at 52% but the front to rear distribution is is quite good so when you drive it you don't notice the missing horsepower this is a new motor for a new car relatively new at least and I haven't heard too many horror stories about this motor and I think based on our experience at Road America you know at least in the next four or five years you shouldn't have too many problems with this thing tatsuya Tata was talking about this car when I did the super oppressed launch and he made the point of saying that the more recent BMW engine packages they've put a lot more effort into making them reliable so you know this is kind of a proving ground for them obviously as a new car I'm super impressed with the performance the engine the transmission performance here is top top notch but we can just talk about this all day or just take it for a drive and kind of show you why we think it's as good as it is all right I think it's time to set off in the m2 competition jack it's got some extra premium jiggle factor on my end I'm gonna start to start this off by saying this is the best modern BMW M car I've ever driven what makes you say that jack it is the perfect blend of usable fun and sense of humor it does have a pretty big sense of humor I think a lot of it is because it feels lighter it feels smaller and it's fast and it does what you want it to do when you're on an open road the dual clutch transmission in here is an it's one of the best transmissions I've ever driven aside from like a supercar of course but it's even probably close to that I like it because it's the right blend of fun and daily usability yeah it is the right date it is the right blend of fun it's the first BMW M product that I've been in that doesn't feel like it's totally watered down yeah this car I feel like the limits are high but low enough you can still enjoy in a tight technical twisty background like this yeah and that's true because there's an element of danger when you drive it there is an element of you could potentially crash this car it's not driving it's not driving you you're not just along for the ride like the m5 Asiata if you literally could have a low driving skill and you'd be safe on that because of all the electronics on the way the car is set up this you can legitimately pitch sideways and it's still controllable but it it's it's so much more fun than any other being you can pitch it sideways without having to go 140 miles an hour so day to day just trying to putter around through town you can you can make yourself smile it really doesn't take itself that seriously it doesn't take itself seriously and typically these types of cars don't make me smile anymore and you see what I Drive on I'm like stone cold and a lot of it is because I feel nothing I feel no connection to the Machine and this m2 gives you some of it it's not completely like it used to be super visceral but there's enough here in terms of the little bit of sideways the rear wheel drive effect it's extremely balanced it doesn't ride horribly and it is the motor is really good and this is one of the best transmissions automated manuals this dual clutch you feel more involved in the experience even though it's an automatic and speaking of which there is a manual option and the manual option wall may not be as fast as this twin clutch what's every one that was already it's just nice that it's there it it would add another layer of driver involvement that this car is currently lacking three three pedals normally is more fun in a slower car like this it is an eye when you say slow car I think you've started to become poisoned by all the fast cars you've driven this to me is a fast car I feel like this is probably 50 to 65 horsepower more than probably what it should be and it is it feels so good zero to 60 as fast as you're at a hundred is fast and I feel that's why there's this element of danger there there's more horsepower than most people are gonna be able to handle but it's not so fast like the m5 competition we're doing 130 miles an hour in like three seconds it's agreed yeah it's it's not on that level clearly but it's this is you know this is not some cheaper like entry-level sports car even though you can drive it without a lot of skill it still doesn't feel like that entry-level sports car now lets you know the best thing to do is just show you what it's like to just rip through some gears listen to the engine watch the transmission performance and we'll talk a little bit more about that the things that make this a great be Road stormer however does not exactly make fraud a great track car no and let me get into that so here's the deal this car out of the box with the factory tuning of the suspension and the tires it wants to go sideways anytime you're on the throttle the throttle over steers everywhere which is what makes it so exciting to drive but when you're really want to put the hammer down to drive with some finesse you can't you're constantly changed chasing the rear end on this car and it's one of the things that I hated when we Auto crossed it it's one of the things that I didn't like on the track and I don't like it out here now yes you throw on a sticky set of like 200 tread wear tires or you know track day tires and maybe make some tweaks maybe in just a front sway bar would fix this but as it stands as a stock car this wants to go sideways way more than I'd like which when I got into the Supra and the Z for those cars had finesse you could get them to rotate under braking you didn't always have to be mashing on the throttle get it to turn it would rotate under braking you had more control the throttle in those cars that this doesn't have I don't think it has the chassis that that new generation vehicle does but that might be something you like I do I think with this car if you made it a better track car it would be a worse Street car you run into the same problem I have with my Vette is that the limits are so high I can never enjoy it on the street without oh god I'm gonna die horribly in an accident and I think that's where they've done an extremely good job with this car is they knew who was gonna be driving it and how people have fun with a vehicle like this and a lot of it is just making the rear end go around in a safe manner or a ridiculous manner with that side so you know it's something to know when we're talking about the technical details of driving it so now you know but I think the best thing to do is to head into the shop with the final thoughts final thoughts on the BMW m2 competition now since this is a fundraiser car for try industries and they've supplied it to us if you appreciate this car if you appreciate their cause in these videos definitely donate to them to win this and whether you do or not here's the verdict it doesn't matter who gets in this car I think BMW and the EM cars have started to get a reputation that their soft floaty disconnected and you get behind the wheel of this and it's insanely can you feel very connected to it it's tail-happy you can have fun driving it it's fast it handles well the dual clutch is insanely good almost supercar levels are good and you have a manual transmission option the other huge Pro is let's be real it's still in that affordable price range yes $60,000 is a lot as with any car it's a lot of money but this gives you such satisfaction driving it you have to go at least 15 years back in the BMW world to get this level of driver involvement now here's the cons this car tends to oversteer way too much are constantly chasing the ass end of it great on the street not so great on the track or autocross you're gonna have to do a little bit of adjustments if you're competitively driving it the other comparison I can make with this car is after driving the new super on the z4 it's not as reactive to certain driving techniques to get it through corners it doesn't trail brake as well as the Supra the new platform it doesn't react as well to steering and turning in it just feels a little less disconnected than those cars so I would say if you're looking for the m2 competition get behind the wheel the z4 in the super before you sign on the dotted line here but other than that this is a great car I've really enjoyed driving it thanks for watching see you next time Savage geese yet another notification do you know how rich I am are you not hearing me we unfriend we unsubscribe get it done I'm rich why is this a problem you you

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