As we speak’s Nice Worth or No Cube M2 has plenty of M4 componentry hiding beneath its skirts, albeit in a smaller and (barely) lighter bundle. Let’s see if this uncommon manual-equipped model is price lightening one’s pockets.
The one similarity between Monday’s 1998 Honda Prelude and the 1994 Ford F250 XLT we checked out yesterday was within the shade. They had been each white as a ghost. Aside from that, the Honda was constructed (and rebuilt) for enjoyable whereas the Ford was all about getting right down to work. You all preferred the Ford lots higher, and also you preferred its $6,500 asking worth much more. That resulted in a stable 80 p.c Good Worth win.
Okay, sufficient with all of the white. What are we, getting married? As we speak’s 2016 BMW M2 is painted in a wonderful azure known as Lengthy Seaside Blue by BMW. Is that for Lengthy Seaside, California, presently house to the Queen Mary? or for Lengthy Seaside, New York, the center-most of Nassau County’s outer-barrier islands? We’ll must ponder that.
The M2 is the nominal successor to the 1 Sequence M Coupe. BMW had already used the M1 badge on the legendary mid-engine sports activities automobile so it needed to go along with the oddball 1 Sequence M Coupe title for that one. With the introduction of the two Sequence, issues fortunately fell into higher alignment with the present “M— mannequin line” naming conference.
That’s an excellent factor since not solely does M2 sound extra acquainted when positioned within the lineup subsequent to the M3, M4, and on up, however the little squirt of a automobile makes use of plenty of the go-faster and run-lighter bits from its larger sisters too. Becoming all these efficiency components in a considerably smaller bundle meant that one thing needed to give, although, and that resulted within the M2 sporting flared arches entrance and rear protecting a observe that’s 2 inches wider on the entrance and absolutely 3 inches fatter on the again than on the lesser 2 Sequence. The wheels are additionally from the larger vehicles — 19-inch Model 437M alloys wrapped in 35-series rubber.
The modern M3/M4 do have a leg up on the M2 within the engine bay. These vehicles get the twin-turbo S55 straight six whereas the M2 has to make do with a single-turbo N55. That’s nonetheless three liters of enjoyable, good for 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. Some over-boost pixie mud unfold by BMW engineers on the engine permits that final quantity to leap to 369 lb-ft for brief sprints.
The result’s zero to sixty occasions of round 4.2 seconds with the six-speed guide, as is supplied right here. Vehicles with the seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch gearbox are a tick sooner. Huge discs assist pull the efficiency again when the necessity for pace is changed by the necessity to not crash into issues.
All that efficiency comes at a value, which within the M2’s case is weight and area. Befitting all of the M3/M4 components and the necessity to balloon the automobile round them, the M2 is just about 100 kilos lighter than the larger bruisers. It’s additionally a bit extra cramped inside with again seats which might be greatest saved for folks you don’t like very a lot.
Nonetheless, these are vehicles that we will like very a lot, and this one, with simply 58K on the clock (or about 8,300 miles a 12 months) appears to be like to be a peach. It’s additionally seen some mods and upkeep in its previous. The vendor claims that the OEM entrance winglets and rear blade are after-the-fact and had been added by the earlier proprietor. In response to the advert, the earlier proprietor additionally added a high-flow catalytic converter to the exhaust. The current proprietor says that the unique cat comes with the automobile for passing emissions assessments however gee-whiz, who desires to have to change out the cat each two years to get the automobile smogged?
Different updates embrace new rotors and pads and Michelin S4 tires. The vendor denotes a service historical past break up between outlets in Beverly Hills, California, and Broomfield, Colorado. The automobile wears Colorado plates however is marketed on the Los Angeles Craigslist as if it’s native. The advert’s photos having been shot in an enclosed parking construction additionally don’t assist with pinning down the situation.
No matter the place it’s, the automobile appears to be in tip-top form. The paint holds an as-new shine with just a few minor peppering on the nostril to detract. The inside reveals no apparent put on on the leather-based seating surfaces or the plastics. It’s additionally a new sufficient automobile to have all of the bells and whistles you might need.
The vendor does word an accident within the automobile’s historical past, however apparently, that wasn’t dangerous sufficient to whole the automobile because it’s claimed to have a clear title. The explanation given for the sale is the vendor’s want to have an even bigger automobile, though they state within the advert that the M2 is participating sufficient that they’d be simply as completely happy maintaining it.
To alleviate them of that call, a purchaser would wish to give you $39,500 which the vendor says is ready in consideration of the accident on its file. That’s just about on the low finish for a clear title M2 (salvage title vehicles usually command about $8K much less) however is it nonetheless a deal?
What do you concentrate on this Lengthy Seaside Blue M2 and that $39,500 price ticket? Does that appear like an excellent worth for the littlest M? Or is that an excessive amount of to ask when M4s aren’t all that far more?
H/T to Don R. for the hookup!
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