BMW M2 Competition Configurator Has Surprisingly Few Options
Unveiled in 2015, the BMW M2 became the spiritual successor to the 1M Coupe and gained notoriety for being a closer rendition to the original M3 than the modern M4. Come 2018 and BMW unveiled the M2 Competition, a more powerful version of the coupe.
While Competition-branded cars are usually upgrades to the regular M model, the M2 Competition is actually a replacement for the standard M2, which was discontinued. Upgrades inside and out are rather mild, but the Competition variant stands out for featuring the engine from the bigger M4 under the hood. Available to order starting this month, the M2 Competition can now be customized through the company’s online configurator. Let’s have a closer look at the options.
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2019 BMW 8 Series Configurator - How We’d Spec It
The highly anticipated debut of the 2019 BMW 8 Series finally happened this week, and as has been the case recently, the luxury sedan’s online configurator quickly followed. Online configurators have been fun exercises for us. We get to create our own version of the new model and spec it right down to the most specific of details. Far too often, our creations end up differing from another, but that’s precisely the purpose of these configurators. You create what you want regardless of the opinions of other people. In the end, you live by your creation, and you show it off to the rest of the world. And so it is, our spec of the 2019 BMW 8 Series.
The 2019 BMW X5’s Online Configurator is Going to Take Some Getting Used To
The BMW X5 has arrived and as expected with models of its status, so too has its online configurator. We’ve gotten adept at these online configurators to the point that it’s become common for us to start working on our own versions of the just-released model just so we have an excuse to play around with it. This time, I’m taking the controls of the BMW X5 online configurator to see what I can do to create the X5 of my dreams. You don’t have to like what I end up creating, but that’s the beauty of this exercise. If you don’t like what I did, you can go make your own.
It’s been a little more than a year since BMW unveiled the production version of the i8 sports car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the hybrid vehicle is finally ready to meet its U.S. customers. But before you sign that check and hand it over to BMW, make sure you check out the brand-new i8 configurator the Germans fired up. It comes with everything you need to know about trim levels, standard and optional equipment, as well as precise information about how much each extra feature costs. You can have it built just the way you like it before placing that order.
If the i8 is a tad too expensive for you or you just don’t find it useful, it’s a good way to spend some time with Munich’s brand-new, state-of-the-art vehicle. If time is not on your side these days, stick around for the full details on the car’s trims and exterior and interior choices.
Before we proceed any further, we’ll remind you that the i8 comes with only one powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor. That might not seem like much for a sports car, but rest assured, the combo delivers 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline mill sends 231 ponies and 236 pound-feet to the rear wheels, while the electric power unit delivers 131 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque to the front axle.
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The world has been anxiously looking forward to BMW’s eventual launch of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe sisters, and now we’re one step closer. Both cars’ online configurators are now live. We dive deep into the option lists, paint colors, leather tones, and wheel and brake packages in a holistic overview.
But before choosing one of the eight paint options or nine interior color schemes, lets remember what comes standard under the hood: the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Its two mono-scroll turbos, direct-injection fuel system, and fully variable valve timing with variable camshaft control help the mill kick out 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm along with 406 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,850 all the way up to 5,500 rpm.
The 3.0-liter is mated to a honest-to-goodness six-speed manual transmission or the optional seven-speed double-clutch transmission can be had, at a slight additional cost, of course. Both transmissions lay down respectable times, thought the seven-speed techno-box squeezes ahead by a few tenths. The manual comes in a 4.1 seconds to 60 mph while the double clutch does it in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is governed at 155 mph. Interestingly, BMW reports these same performance numbers for both cars.
Keeping things under control is an upgraded suspension system. With comfort not even a consideration, BMW engineers designed the setups for maximum performance and track-worthiness. Play-free ball joints, elastomeric bearing, and rubber-free bushings keep things tight, while double-jointed spring struts, control arms, wheel carriers, and axle subframes are all constructed of lightweight aluminum, decreasing unsprung mass.
Be sure to check out our full coverage of the M3 Sedan here and the M4 Coupe here.
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