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      04-19-2021, 12:12 AM   #1
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M2 Competition vs M3 ZCP

There are of course a lot of these threads but the ones that I've seen never seem to focus on these two vehicles. Lots of discussions about the M2 CS or the Civic M3 or the M3 CS...

This is a real situation for me to be decided over the coming week so I would love your and put and perspective, especially from anyone who has lived with both of these vehicles.

For $60,000 would you buy a low mileage 2018 M3 ZCP 6MT or order a new 2021 M2C 6MT? Why?

I have driven an M2C DCT, M2C 6MT, M3 ZCP 6MT and M4 CS DCT. I didn't like the M2C DCT much at all. I thought the M4 CS was a hoot, even though it had a DCT, but I don't want to live with a cardboard door card and some of the racing compromises of that car. liked the M2C 6MT and M3 ZCP 6MT equally well.

This new car will be replacing my wife's 2014 320i. I will daily drive the new car and she will take my 2019 X5 50i M Sport. We will use the X5 for road trips, grocery getting and other everyday tasks that demand comfy driving. I will use the new car to commute to work 3x a week (only a couple miles each way - I live in San Francisco), for fun weekend drives and for autocross events and track days 10x a year if I am lucky.

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      04-19-2021, 12:35 AM   #2
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      04-19-2021, 08:40 AM   #3
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Since you have the x5 ... I would go for the M2 Competition. The shorter wheel base in combination with the power output makes for a thrilling package. Plus you get the bigger brakes and the led headlights. I have driven both and found the M2 to be very exciting.

Perhaps a more exciting color like the orange?
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Depends on what you're looking for in the car...

1. Do you have kids or need to transport more than 2 people?
2. Do you want a more nimble car for the track and spirited driving?
3. Do you care about features in the M3 that's unavailable in the M2 like HUD and full leather?
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Depends on what you're looking for in the car...

1. Do you have kids or need to transport more than 2 people?
2. Do you want a more nimble car for the track and spirited driving?
3. Do you care about features in the M3 that's unavailable in the M2 like HUD and full leather?
1. No kids. We do have two small dogs that would be kind of annoying to fit in a coupe but that's what we have the X5 for.
2. Yes
3. Yes. HUD doesn't matter so much. Full leather is nice. Adaptive suspension is probably the thing I will miss the most as I live in a city.
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Ive experienced both (M2OG, M2C, M3f80 current) and though Im an M2 platform fan. For better looks and daily consideration (adaptive) a well sorted low mile M3 f80 would be my choice... Oh it is my current choice. So many choices... Good luck!
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I'd go M3

despite being smaller the m2 comp has no weight advantage. No carbon roof. No adaptive suspension or HUD. No full leather. The stereo system is much worse (less speakers). Its really alot to give up just for a shorter wheelbase imo.
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M2 drives better at street or autox speeds
M3/4 interior is better
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pre '18 M3/4 has nearly all of the goodies that came with M2 CS plus CFRP driveshaft/trunk(M4) and magnesium oil pan if pre '15. Definitely easier to control that M2C yet weighs equal or less. HUD and nicer interior are cherries on top.
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Originally Posted by alex2364 View Post
Depends on what you're looking for in the car...

1. Do you have kids or need to transport more than 2 people?
2. Do you want a more nimble car for the track and spirited driving?
3. Do you care about features in the M3 that's unavailable in the M2 like HUD and full leather?
Heh this is what made me ultimately order an F82. I valued full leather, HUD, Individual and adaptive suspension over the M2 but can't go wrong either way!
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OP, looks like you've decided to go with the M2C. Congratulations! I am sure you will have fun with it.

I briefly considered the M2C, but after 9 years with an E92, I wanted something where my kid could climb in without me having to get out first. Well...that and loving the way the M3 looked. :-)
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New vs used, Id say go for the new.
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M2C has noticeably better handling and a more composed chassis. If you're ever going to do any backroads driving, get the M2C 6MT.
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