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      08-24-2020, 11:15 PM   #1
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So I got a call today from my dealer saying that I should stop by. When I arrived, my M2 CS was parked out front waiting for me to take a drive. Happy Monday indeed.

I officially take delivery at the end of the week. Wanted to share my initial drive impressions:

Looks- I have warmed to the Blue/Gold, especially with the CCB. Lovely proportions. The car seems to get a lot of attention. It's a dude magnet.

Performance- The car is a bit of an animal in a straight line. A little unruly. I love it. Makes you laugh even in stock form, especially when you're in charge of shifting gears.

Handling- Numb compared to my E60 and E46, but turn-in is instant and much more comes through the wheel overall than in my former 17' F80 ZCP. One of BMW's better efforts in recent memory. It feels very 'BMW' which is a good thing. OF all modern BMW's, this is the most "BMW-ish BMW."

Transmission- First of all, Please, Please get the manual if you're on the fence. It literally makes the entire experience of the car.
The good: I don't know why people are down on BMW manuals- I actually prefer a little play vs the more mechanical nature of Porsche gearshift. It just feels so right. It's lovely.
The bad: I hate how the throttle automatically engages as you release the clutch from a stop. A little unnatural, but overall doesn't detract much. Also, DSC must be off to defeat auto-blip. If I wanted an automatic, I'd have bought an automatic. Annoying. I turned everything off and was on my way.

Sound- It's a nice sound, but quieter than I expected. My 17' M3 with M-performance exhaust was MUCH louder. Too subdued for my taste and unbefitting a car that gets sideways at WOT above 5.5k RPM in 2nd gear.

Suspension- It feels like a more playful version of an F80 with ZCP. I was surprised at how well it rides. Much more composed over rough surfaces than my i8 roadster. I really, really like the M2 with the adaptive suspension. It makes for a more pleasurable road car. A highly modified base M2 is better for track duty.

Interior- Irrelevant. It's fine. Not nice, not ugly, it's absolutely fine for a car like this. The suede everywhere is a nice touch and the A/C works well. I wish BMW offered a suede shifter to match the steering wheel.

Overall- I get to drive a whole bunch of cars, and this one sticks in my head more than anything recently. I want to go back to the dealer and just get it. It's a lovely thing to look at and it drives a bit silly and it just hits all those subjective enthusiast buttons for me. Only enthusiast flaws are exhaust noise and steering feel.

The fact that it's a manual makes the entire car. The nature of the manual matches that subjective warm and fuzzy enthusiast thing it has going on.

Value- It's expensive. It's also a very cool car and, especially in 6MT form is a very unique option. Sure I could spend way less and grab an M2 Comp, but I'd end up spending more selling M2 Comp for a loss upon first eye contact with a blue-gold-CCB CS.

Will post more pics and thoughts after prep, delivery, etc.

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      08-25-2020, 12:03 AM   #2
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Congrats! She's beautiful.
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Congrats! I've grown really fond of the misano blue.
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Great choice.
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Beautiful, post more photos!
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Congrats! I've grown really fond of the misano blue.
Same. People complain it is on the X2.

But it's a bit like inappropriate wearing of activewear.

When it's in the right body it's fire.
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The yellow calipers look really good with this combo.
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Lucky SOB!! Thanks for the quick review!

You picked the same options I will pick, congrats!! Post more pics!
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Congrats.
Great to hear the thoughts, was wondering about the exhaust and no one had written about it yet. My F80 is with the MPE so this was perfect.
Hoping there is more information on the MPE for the CS soon.
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Transmission- First of all, Please, Please get the manual if you're on the fence. It literally makes the entire experience of the car.
This.

Well done, and congrats!
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Congrats.
Great to hear the thoughts, was wondering about the exhaust and no one had written about it yet. My F80 is with the MPE so this was perfect.
Hoping there is more information on the MPE for the CS soon.
I'm wondering if MPE for Comp will fit? If not I guess Akra is another option?
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Hopefully it does, would prefer the MPE over aftermarket. It's the same engine, not sure if there are any changes to the exhaust.
I doubt it will be available as an option on the build sheet (for port install) though; like it was on the M3.
Haven't been able to find if any of the US military sales allocations have posted the complete pricing and ordering guides for the CS?

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Hopefully it does, would prefer the MPE over aftermarket. It's the same engine, not sure if there are any changes to the exhaust.
I doubt it will be available as an option on the build sheet (for port install) though; like it was on the M3.
Haven't been able to find if any of the US military sales allocations have posted the complete pricing and ordering guides for the CS?
There's no mention of any exhaust on the ordering guide. The only time I've seen that done is the M40i/M50i/M Competition vehicles which specifically have one listed as 1MA - M Sport exhaust system in their guides. The only options are wheels/tires, ccb and DCT. There are never any port installed options since the vehicles never go through that process, so they still could be options for US orders.
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So, my knowledge is likely limited about this, but I thought the M Sport and M Performance Exhaust were different.
For e.g. when I ordered my M3 Comp, the ordering guide did not have an option for MPE (https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...hp?t=1272046); however, at the dealer, I could build it with the MPE, CF parts, SS pedals etc - the stuff which gets added at the very bottom of the window sticker. I always thought these were port installed; did not realize they were installed at the factory.

Was wondering if similar options have been available to anyone who has ordered a US spec CS so far.

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There's no mention of any exhaust on the ordering guide. The only time I've seen that done is the M40i/M50i/M Competition vehicles which specifically have one listed as 1MA - M Sport exhaust system in their guides. The only options are wheels/tires, ccb and DCT. There are never any port installed options since the vehicles never go through that process, so they still could be options for US orders.
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Congrats!

North American spec, so technically a US version also (minus the KLM layout instrument cluster).

I agree, six-speed for the win

I would get a fully-equipped manual 230i before I opted for a CS in DCT but that's just me..
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Congrats!

North American spec, so technically a US version also (minus the KLM cluster).

I agree, six-speed for the win

I would get a fully-equipped manual 230i before I opted for a CS in DCT but that's just me..
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Congratulations! Very exciting. I live in the same region. Maybe Iíll see you driving around. Have to wait until November/December for mine.
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Congratulations! Very exciting. I live in the same region. Maybe Iíll see you driving around. Have to wait until November/December for mine.
Any chance youíre in the Old Town? Either way, we should take some pics over espresso when you get yours. Happy waiting.
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Congratulations! Thanks for the review.

I'm on the fence about transmissions. What do you mean the "throttle automatically engages as you release the clutch from a stop"? Is that something in BMW manuals? So, say I was stopped at a light, left foot on clutch, right foot on brake. If I let go of the clutch, and was slow getting my right foot on the throttle, the car would move forward and not stall?
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