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      10-05-2018, 01:43 PM   #1
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Talking Top Gear Performance Car of the Year Featuring Chris Harris Review of M2 Competition

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Not like it's a long video but M2 Competition @ 1:46 in.




Chris Harris' review of M2 Competition from the Top Gear Performance Car of the Year competition (posted by @Davil):

Link to article: https://www.pressreader.com/australi...81513637077892


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"For similar money, BMW will sell you the new M2 Competition, which is basically an updated M2 fitted with a detuned M3 motor and some suspension upgrades. And it's a corker. The extra weight of the new engine doesn't factor, and the whole car feels less skittish than before. It's easier and more rewarding to drive smoothly and still a complete nutter if you want to enjoy that kind of thing. I loved the new clock faces, the sound of the motor on the overrun and I still think this is the best-looking M car on sale. In fact, it's so good, we all felt it needed to make the top five. Alongside the Alpine which - let's face it - simply has to make it through."
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Someone with a magazine subscription spoiled the end result for me on Facebook but I'm not going to do the same and ruin it for you guys
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came in last? lol
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Love Chris Harris, but I know from my own experiences that this is a beast of a car.
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Love Chris Harris, but I know from my own experiences that this is a beast of a car.
I cannot wait his review test of M2C
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I was thinking earlier, "Man, it must be tough to be a car reviewer. You're driving all these amazing machines all the time... maybe it just gets old and stale. And then you start thinking 'oh, no, not another Ferrari...' Maybe it's just a job... a grind."

Makes me think of this parody:

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A little taste from the magazine article. It is behind a paywall.

Chris Harris:
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Prod the throttle, and it prods you back - the way it responds is angrier, zingier and a bit more immediate, with a deeper hunger for revs. Keep it pinned and there's that metallic rasp from the M4, and a lovely linearity to the delivery that makes you forget this is turbocharged at all. A Stanley knife of an engine.
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Someone with a magazine subscription spoiled the end result for me on Facebook but I'm not going to do the same and ruin it for you guys
I will hit up B&N tonight to pickup a copy.
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I will hit up B&N tonight to pickup a copy.
is it available at Barnes and Nobles?
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Some more Chris Harris quotes:
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The M2 fizzes with energy, hopping off kerbs, jinking through the chicane, lighting up its tyres playfully at every exit.
Another from President of the "Save the Manual" club:
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I'd like to say I'd have the manual, the purists' choice, but I wouldn't - the twin-clutch is just so good I don't miss it.
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Someone with a magazine subscription spoiled the end result for me on Facebook but I'm not going to do the same and ruin it for you guys
A hint...the car is not sold in the US. The M2C does advance to the final five.
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A hint...the car is not sold in the US. The M2C does advance to the final five.
Another hint... The winner is one of the worst looking cars I have ever seen! Oopps... Did I say too much?
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two more hints and we'll know the end...

On a side note, that GT2RS, yum!!!
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I expect the winner to be French.
I’d likely have ordered one instead of the M2C if they came with rear seats.
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I drove to B&N but they didn't have this issue yet. Anywhere I can purchase it online?
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I drove to B&N but they didn't have this issue yet. Anywhere I can purchase it online?
Digital version on the Top Gear Magazine iOS app.
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From the Top Gear magazine:
"It does indeed enter corners with more bite, and the throttle response is palpably crisper. It even sounds more authentic than any M car of the last decade. For my money, it's the best M since BMW went turbo - less bludgeon, more balance. Not so scary after all, even for a Warmduscher - 'individual who can't tolerate cold showers'."

"(Comparing M2C to Vantage) So why is it that I keep going back to the BMW? because while the thought of one more lap in the M2 feels like a treat, in the Aston it's tinged with risk. The M2 might be angrier, sharper and more dialled in than before, but it's still got softer edges and a more approachable demeanor. ... I like the Vantage, I love the idea of owning one, but really it's the M2 that fills me with more joy, more of the time. Always have been a jeans and a T-shirt kind of guy..."
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From Chris Harris:

"For similar money, BMW will sell you the new M2 Competition, which is basically an updated M2 fitted with a detuned M3 motor and some suspension upgrades. And it's a corker. The extra weight of the new engine doesn't factor, and the whole car feels less skittish than before. It's easier and more rewarding to drive smoothly and still a complete nutter if you want to enjoy that kind of thing. I loved the new clock faces, the sound of the motor on the overrun and I still think this is the best-looking M car on sale. In fact, it's so good, we all felt it needed to make the top five. Alongside the Alpine which - let's face it - simply has to make it through."

Aside from the "suspension upgrades" part, pretty solid statements from Chris
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so what place did it come in at?
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Digital version on the Top Gear Magazine iOS app.


Can you please give a link. As I am a bit lost. How does the icon look like in the appstore?
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From Chris Harris:

"For similar money, BMW will sell you the new M2 Competition, which is basically an updated M2 fitted with a detuned M3 motor and some suspension upgrades. And it's a corker. The extra weight of the new engine doesn't factor, and the whole car feels less skittish than before. It's easier and more rewarding to drive smoothly and still a complete nutter if you want to enjoy that kind of thing. I loved the new clock faces, the sound of the motor on the overrun and I still think this is the best-looking M car on sale. In fact, it's so good, we all felt it needed to make the top five. Alongside the Alpine which - let's face it - simply has to make it through."

Aside from the "suspension upgrades" part, pretty solid statements from Chris
Spring rates and that giant 4? Or whatever point brace is a change.. upgrade, who knows lol
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Gee the M2C is a real giant slayer if it in within the top 5 when facing off these competitors

Bugatti Chiron, Dallara, GT2 RS, 488 Pista, 600LT, Exige Cup 430, Alpine A110...
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