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      09-24-2018, 11:08 AM   #1
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My 500 Mile Review (US Spec M2C)

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VPC: Baltimore
Production Date: 2018-07-31
Completion Date: 2018-08-14
Arrived @ Port: 2018-08-17
Arrived @ VPC: 2018-09-10
Arrived @ Dealer: 2018-09-18
Picked up: 2018-09-18

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A few of my past "BMW" Cars to compare:
1998 BMW e36 Z3, Atlanta Blue, MT
2000 BMW e36 M Roadster, Estoril Blue, MT
2001 BMW e46 330ci, Silver, MT
2002 BMW e46 M3, Silver, MT
2004 BMW e83 X3, Flamenco Red, AT
2008 BMW e82 135i, Alpine White, MT
2011 BMW e92 M3, Alpine White, DCT
2015 BMW e84 X1, Alpine White, AT
2017 BMW f87 M2, Long Beach Blue, Exec, DCT
2019 BMW f87 M2C, Sunset Orange, Exec, DCT

Note: My M2C has 500 miles on it, it's not broken in aka 1200 mile service.
Note: This car is a US spec - no particulate filters.

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X-Pel Ultimate+ PPF (Full Hood, Full Roof, A-Pillars, Headlights, Front Bumper, Fenders, Rockers, Front of rear wheels): https://lumidetailing.com/
BMW Performance Pedals

Mods (to Come):
CF Front Lip
CF Rear Diffuser
CF Rear Spolier
CF Side Winglets

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Pros:
More HP
More Torque
S55 Engine
CF Strut Brace
M Mirrors
M Seats
Front End, Grill/Bumper/Parking Sensors (either you like it or not)
Black 788 Wheels (Hated them with a passion on launch, now I like them)
LCI Cluster with M2C touches
Added Weight (I'll explain later)
So much more....

Cons:
Added Weight
Exhaust Can
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First - I'm not a writer, so bear with me.
These are just my observations of my M2C "my opinions". Feel free to disagree.

I programmed my M1 button with the following settings for daily driving:
DSC: DSC ON
Engine: Sport Throttle
Steering: Comfort
Transmission: S2

If you drive the M2C in the default settings it feels like you are walking through a pool of glue.
Someday BMW will realize that "Efficiency" should not be the default on a M car!

Here we go...

Engine:
If you ever drove/owned the e46 M3 or the e92 M3, you know that revving the engine was how you made it move. That was the signature of a NA M engine. Now we live in the Turbo engine world or as I call it, "the mash the pedal" era. There has been some conversation about the lack of low end torque, and I'm not experiencing that. I feel the same rush of torque in 1st/2nd gear as the OG M2 had. Maybe it's settings or the torque curve, who knows. What I love is the linear feel to the power. I have driven many S55 M3/M4 and the S55 in the M2C certainly feels different. The power is not laid down like a dragster, but more like an electric motor - much more linear. This may be BMW's answer for the loss of traction that most M3/M4 suffer from. So in in my humble opinion, it pulls effortlessly, and pulls....until I stop at 5K I have no complains about the engine or torque. It's buttery smooth and the 7500 Redline is going to be insane.

Transmission:
I love a MT and I love DCT. Either transmission is a win. I went with DCT for the Auto when I need it and the Manual when I want it.
The DCT in the OG M2 was a massive improvement from the DCT in my e92 M3 (in every way). The DCT in the OG M2 was great, and it got even better with a software upgrade I got just before the LCI change. The DCT in the M2C feels even better. It's just more software upgrades. Unlike Porsche's PDK, BMW's DCT still has a raw feel to it and that's my preference. Note: Since the DCT transmission part has not changed, OG M2 owners should make sure they have the latest software update.

Steering/Handling:
Where do I start with steering... After driving on various roads, parking lots, etc. I feel BMW has definitely improved the steering. Again, its just software, but it's starting to "feel" more like hydraulic. What do I mean by that? Well it's hard to explain, but the steering feels more natural - less like the car is trying to figure out what I'm doing. Does the front end feel tighter? Probably, but I haven't driven my OG M2 for a few months and I don't remember the OG M2 feeling anything but tight!

Seats:
I am 6' tall, and a wide framed guy. The new M seats are much better suited for my body type. They are supportive and very comfortable. I was always fidgeting in the OG M2 Seats. In my opinion, these are better than the OG M2 (for me). This is totally subjective. I have the Orange stitching and they look amazing btw. Hey the M logo lights up on the seats, add +10hp. I like a little bling. For the PC nerds-> Too bad it's not RGB We need so much more of that. ahh NOT!

Technology:
I like the new iDrive, but it's a marginal (if any) improvement over the idrive I had in my OG M2. It was already great.
The Harmon Kardon sound system sounds equally as good as the OG M2. Turn off ASD for a massive improvement
I really like the LED headlights, they are bright and aim'd correctly by my standards for once.
I had a pre-LCI M2, so the LED turns (front and rear), and the LED tails are also a welcome addition.

Exhaust and Sound:
ASD is not nearly as intrusive on the M2C as it was in my OG M2. Dare I say you could even leave in on?? ...and yes there is a slight ASD sound drone at 2K. Once I coded it off, you finally hear the exhaust rumble the way it should be heard. Yes sir, it does have a rubble as you move about at low RPM. Here comes the most controversial part of my review and the one of the most argued topics after MT vs DCT. It's the S55 sound. When the S55 M4 first launched and I heard the original exhaust note, I said "what the hell was that??!!". C'mon, I was driving a glorious S65 powered e92 M3! The crown jewel of BMW sound to me. As most know, ZCP made a massive improvement to the M3/M4 sound. I believe there was a rumor of a slight sound improvement even before ZCP. Can't remember. Now we have the M2C. Please folks, this is just my two cents. If you push the car I can definitely hear M3/M4 ZCP notes in the exhaust (love it or hate it). I have no issues with it, it's a tad raspy like the e46 M3. To be honest, for normal driving it just sounds throaty, no rasp. If it's not your cup of tea, don't worry. A mid pipe, MPE, or an aftermarket solution will make it sound the way you want it. I think BMW did a fine job of making the M2C sound as good as it could. I have no issues with the sound. Here is the bad news. The exhaust can is so dang big in order to help change the S55's sound on the M2C, that now it's the size of a Mack Truck's gas tank. It's also possible that the exhaust can's size was engineered to work with the US and the EU's particulate filter without making two different part #'s. Keep in mind, that the exhaust can on the G series M cars is just as big It is what it is.
So does the OG M2 exhaust sound better than the M2C - Why does it have to be better or worse, it's just a different sound. I like both of them!

Wheels:
I'll just say it... I "hated" the 788 Wheels when the M2C launched. Too busy, and good grief these will be hard to clean. Well just as the 666 wheels grew on me, so did the 788's. The black 788 wheels now look just fine to me. What is it about human beings and our perceptions? I have cleaned them, and it wasn't that bad. I still love the 437's, but the 788's seem to fit the M2C. I have no idea

Weight:
I listed the weight as a pro and con. Con, well it's more weight. Strangely, that extra weight up front makes the ride smoother. There is no doubt in my mind, that the M2C rides smoother than my OG M2. Maybe I am full of it, but more than one person made the same unsolicited comment while in the M2C-> "It feels smoother on the road". Can I feel the extra weight? Not really. I recently lost 20lbs since driving my OG M2, so I'm getting closer to OG M2 weight. FYI - I have not tracked the car yet.

Brakes:
Ok, holy crap these brakes have bite! For the first 200 miles I had get used to them. I found myself paying extra attention to my brake modulation when coming to a stop. As I added more miles, either I got used to them or they just finally bedded. I like the silver calipers. The color goes with every exterior.

Tires:
My car was delivered with Michelin tires.

Delivery Mileage:
3 Miles


Conclusion:
The BMW M2 Competition is the evolution of the OG M2. Just as the next gen M2 will be the evolution of the previous (aka M2C). This is just how it works. If you have an M2C or M2, be proud that you drive one of the best BMW's even made! I often remind myself of how fortunate I am to be able to afford one of these machines. I humbly suggest the next time you are ready to argue to the death about (MT vs DCT) or (N55 vs S55) that you step back and realize how many people on this planet will never even own a BMW.

So...I love my M2C. I love the color, the stance, etc. If you are in the market, just do it!
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Awesome, thanks for the input. Love the color, it was my second choice. I'm getting my M2c next Tuesday.

Wish someone would drag race between the M2 and M2c. Curious to see this!
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Great review and the car looks great!
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Sounds like you had a great weekend in it.
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Great ChrisK

I really like your style of writing, so don´t care if you are writer or not

Perfect review full of interesting facts, your opinions and last but not least - your car is real beauty

I have just last 44 hours to take mine SO orange - and thanks to your thread, with Ascari stickers on it
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BMW M2C 500 Mile Review (Not Broken in Yet!)

Brakes:
Ok, holy crap these brakes have bite! For the first 200 miles I had get used to them. I found myself paying extra attention to my brake modulation when coming to a stop. As I added more miles, either I got used to them or they just finally bedded. I like the silver calipers. The color goes with every exterior.
Glad I'm not the only one who thought this, it felt like I was trying to learn left foot braking all over again but now it was my right foot that had no sensitivity. It's nearly an on/off switch at low speeds, which made for a rougher ride in stop and go traffic for the first few days. After a few days I got used to the stronger brakes, but once in a while I still brake a little harder than needed if I'm not consciously making an effort to be softer with my right foot

Different story on the track of course, great stopping power although I did experience brake fade sooner than I would have expected. I have never run stock pads on the track until now because I have read plenty of threads warning against doing so, but since this was during ED I had no choice. That scary soft pedal feeling put track pads to the top of my mod list yet again

ChrisK Thanks for taking the time to write up that review!
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Great write-up! And you reminded me to code off ASD.
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Excellent review.

I have to agree with your observations/feelings, especially the engine feel and power delivery as well as the smooth ride while maintaining great handling.
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500mls already; dang, that M2c gets around!

Looking forward to the break in review!
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Looking forward to the break in review!
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Thanks, Chris. Stupid question... What was the reasoning behind this:

Radio Shut OFF with door open used (BimmerCode)
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Thanks, Chris. Stupid question... What was the reasoning behind this:

Radio Shut OFF with door open used (BimmerCode)
I hate having to press the start/stop button a second time to shut off the radio.

Example with Coding:

1) Come to a stop and park your car. (radio is on)
2) Turn the car off by pressing the start/stop once. (radio is on)
3) Open the car door. The radio then shuts off automatically.
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Thanks, Chris. Stupid question... What was the reasoning behind this:

Radio Shut OFF with door open used (BimmerCode)
I hate having to press the start/stop button a second time to shut off the radio.

Example with Coding:

1) Come to a stop and park your car. (radio is on)
2) Turn the car off by pressing the start/stop once. (radio is on)
3) Open the car door. The radio then shuts off automatically.
Fantastic! Just coded this. Hadn't even realized it was available. Thank you!
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Fantastic! Just coded this. Hadn't even realized it was available. Thank you!
BMW's used to function this way, not sure why they changed it.
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best color option for the m2c imo.
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BMW's used to function this way, not sure why they changed it.
Thanks for the tip. That would have driven me nuts!
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BMW's used to function this way, not sure why they changed it.
Because it's an M"2"...you have to do everything twice!!

Shut off the car completely - push twice
Open the door - pull twice
Open the hood - pull twice

Bimmercode is a real time saver!

Chris - great review and awesome choice on the car! That SO is growing on me too...looks really nice in the sun...maybe not a good choice for those in UK/Seattle/Vancouver
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Did you ever find yourself reaching for the seatbelt with the door closed only to find that it was stuck behind the door and the bolster? You then must rotate the catch diagonally to clear the seat.
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