BMW’S pure in­dul­gence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - Craig Duff

M CARS used to be about cor­ner­ing grip and steer­ing feel rather than out­right speed.

The M2 Pure re­turns to that for­mula with a flair that shames some of its more ex­pen­sive brethren.

The six-cylin­der turbo cranks out 272kw/465nm, which is im­pres­sive with­out be­ing in­sane.

Cor­ners are an in­vi­ta­tion to test the ad­he­sion lim­its of the Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport tyres, at which point you quickly re­alise a track ses­sion is needed to ex­ploit that grip with­out at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of uni­formed chaps.

A six-speed man­ual is the $93,900 M2 Pure’s great­est point of dif­fer­ence over the $99,900 ‘reg­u­lar’ M2. The three-pedal footwell in­creases driver in­volve­ment but in­evitably isn’t as fast as the mil­lisec­on­drespon­sive seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic, which helps the M2 hit 100km/h 0.2 sec­onds faster than the Pure’s 4.5-sec­ond time.

The Pure also misses out on adap­tive LED head­lamps, pow­ered front seats and 12-speaker Har­man Kar­don au­dio.

There are only four paint colours to choose from and any­thing other than white is a $1547 hit.

Of­fi­cial fuel use of 8.5L/100km is achiev­able, pro­vid­ing you ig­nore the temp­ta­tion to en­gage the en­gine to any­where near its po­ten­tial.

Ex­pect real-world use of about 12L, which is still rea­son­able.

Ser­vic­ing costs start at $1340 for a five-year/80,000km pack­age cov­er­ing oil, fil­ters and spark plugs. Opt for the Ser­vice Plus deal and the $3550 price in­cludes brake pads and discs, wiper blades and the clutch (pro­vid­ing BMW deems clutch wearand-tear to be part of nor­mal driv­ing use).

Af­ford­abil­ity and the fun fac­tor has pow­ered the M2 to the top of BMW’S per­for­mance-di­vi­sion sales lists, largely be­cause the com­pany can now sat­isfy de­mand.

The com­pany ini­tially se­cured 535 cars and is now chas­ing more.

There’s not much else out there that can pro­vide this much en­ter­tain­ment for this price, which helps ex­plain why the car has won a slew of lo­cal and overseas awards.

Be­yond the per­for­mance, the M2 has most of the fea­tures you’d ex­pect in a premium car, from adap­tive cruise con­trol to semi-au­ton­o­mous park­ing, leather up­hol­stery and a smat­ter­ing of car­bon-fi­bre around the cabin.

Crit­i­cisms of the M2 are mi­nor. This year’s midlife up­date added $2800 to the price of the Pure while the stan­dard M2 only rose by $400, mean­ing the gap be­tween the pair ar­guably isn’t big enough to con­vince your bet­ter half not to opt for the auto trans­mis­sion.

Soften­ing the adap­tive dampers in the ‘com­fort’ driv­ing mode would like­wise make it a more amenable daily driver.

As it stands you can feel the dif­fer­ence from com­fort to sport but in both modes the sus­pen­sion will bang over small ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Re­mov­ing most of the noise-sup­press­ing in­su­la­tion from the donor M240i car has, not sur­pris­ingly, in­creased road and traf­fic noise in the cabin.

BMW’S M2 Pure.

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