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Also handed down by the M3/4 is the ac­tive M Dif­fer­en­tial with its fully vari­able electro­mechan­i­cal lock-up to dis­trib­ute the drive be­tween the rear wheels, giv­ing the M2 abun­dant trac­tion out of bends for a rear driver. It sits on 19-inch al­loys, the in­sides of which are filled with the big com­pound brake set up (steel ro­tors mounted on alu­minium hubs) also lifted from the M3/4. With a rel­a­tively light over­all weight of 1565kg to reign in (M4 1635kg), these more than do the job with plenty of grunt-ar­rest­ing force and are good for a pro­longed stint of tor­ture, even if the feel at the pedal seems a tad overas­sisted at first.

The de­fault trans­mis­sion is the seven-speed M dou­ble-clutcher, though you can nab your­self a man­ual as a ‘no cost’ op­tion (how gen­er­ous of BMW) but it’s to firm or­der only. If you’re up for a more in­volved driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, go for it, but the twin-clutch does make things easy. It has pol­ished

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