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BMW M2: Strong demand drives bigger allocation for Oz

High local demand for the BMW M2 has seen the company secure additional allocation of its entry-level 'M' car, the company says, cementing Australia's position as the premier BMW M market...

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2017 BMW 2 Series revealed ahead of September launch
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2017 BMW 2 Series revealed ahead of September launch

An updated version of the BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible will arrive in Australia in late September this year, at the same time as the similarly upgraded 1 Series hatch. The minor mid-cycle upgrade to the smallest BMW sports car is in line with the Bavarian company’s strategy of making continuous, incremental changes to its model lines...


2018 BMW M2 update accidentally revealed on official website
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2018 BMW M2 update accidentally revealed on official website

The updated BMW M2 has been revealed ahead of schedule on the company's Belgian website. The images you see here were captured by Bimmer Today before BMW Belgium removed the offending images and details from its website. If these images are the real deal, the updated M2 won't differ greatly from the car that's currently in showrooms throughout the world...


Aqua is back, baby!
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Aqua is back, baby!

You guys, have you noticed? Aqua is back. No, I’m not talking about the shit band from the 2000s that had the hit about Barbie. I’m talking about the colour. On cars, specifically. In even more specific terms, car brands are seemingly embracing the idea that not all cars have to be black, white, grey or silver, though the targeting is very much where you’d expect it – at the younger buyer group, the ones who aren't going to be spending more than about $40,000 on a car...


BMW M2 upgrade spied in the snow
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BMW M2 upgrade spied in the snow

A BMW M2 prototype wearing pre-production bumpers and some swirly camouflage has been snapped during cold weather testing this week. The vehicle in the images features a new front bumper, headlights, grille, tail-lights and rear diffuser...


BMW M2 adds new M Performance track exhaust system for Australia
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BMW M2 adds new M Performance track exhaust system for Australia

The BMW M2 is now available with a dual-mode M Performance exhaust system that brings track-inspired sound to the company's smallest M model. Now homologated for the Australian market, the M Performance exhaust upgrade comes with a valve silencer system and two modes - 'Sport' for the street and 'Track' for the circuit...


BMW Australia talks manual gearbox sales
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BMW Australia talks manual gearbox sales

BMW’s sales figures suggest there is still a market for passenger cars with manual gearboxes in Australia, albeit a small one. Unlike many luxury brands, and even some mainstream ones, which have discontinued the manual option from their products here in response to minuscule demand, you can still opt to shift your own cogs in several BMWs...


BMW Australia's M Division booming, but Mercedes-AMG and Audi have the edge
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BMW Australia's M Division booming, but Mercedes-AMG and Audi have the edge

BMW Australia’s hardcore M and warmed-up M Performance divisions are both showing strong growth in 2016, as local buyers continue to flock to hotted-up cars despite our low speed limits. The Munich marque's success at this end of the market partially mirrors even stronger performances from rivals Audi and Mercedes-AMG...


2017 BMW 2 Series Review: M240i and 230i
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2017 BMW 2 Series Review: M240i and 230i

Is the BMW M2 too hardcore for you? The new M240i and 230i are there for the buying...


BMW M2 CS reported with M4 twin-turbo power boost
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BMW M2 CS reported with M4 twin-turbo power boost

As if BMW’s stunning M2 wasn’t already potent enough, speculation out of Germany is hinting at even more powerful M2 in the near future. German news outlet bimmertoday is reporting a 400 horsepower M2 is being developed, due for release in 2018. Dubbed the M2 CS (not CSL) it’s understood the pocket M-car will receive a makeover, courtesy of its bigger M3 and M4 brothers...


What are Australia’s most popular sports cars?
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What are Australia’s most popular sports cars?

Sales of two-door sports cars were up 16 per cent in Australia to the end of August, over the previous year, according to the official industry VFACTS figures. But what are the segment’s winners and losers? First off, sales trends in the sports car market are much more exaggerated than in other areas of the market, because these status symbols tend to sharply recede once the initial buzz dies down and all the devotees have taken delivery...


2016 BMW M2 Pure Review
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2016 BMW M2 Pure Review

Touted as the purest, most organic BMW model in recent memory, Dave jumps into the 2016 BMW M2 Pure...


Audi RS3 v BMW M2 v Mercedes-AMG A45 Comparison: Track Test
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Audi RS3 v BMW M2 v Mercedes-AMG A45 Comparison: Track Test

What’s the fastest performance car you can buy for under $100,000? That’s the question we keep getting asked over and over again. The number of contenders is rather varied and the argument remains that you can certainly buy a $50,000 car and spend another $50k to make it supercar fast, but ultimately, there are only three cars that have the credibility to make it to this test...


BMW M Performance Day winners tackle Phillip Island
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BMW M Performance Day winners tackle Phillip Island

Recently CarAdvice ran a competition for 20 lucky people to win a drive in the new BMW M2 at one of the world's best racetracks - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Or, as it's more simply and somewhat affectionately known, Phillip Island. Our 20 lucky winners (listed below) spent the entire BMW M Performance Drive Day behind the wheel of the BMW M2 and BMW M4 on track, and the BMW M235i on the skidpan...


BMW M2 supply for Australia grows
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BMW M2 supply for Australia grows

It will surprise few to learn that the 2016 allocation of just 300 BMW M2 coupes for Australia was quickly exhausted. Orders flew out the door so quickly, BMW says, that many who missed out were spending up for an M3 or M4 rather than wait around for next year's deliveries. A clever strategy to boost sales of its more expensive M cars? Perhaps, but you can hardly begrudge a business acting like a business...


2016 BMW M2 Review: Track Test
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2016 BMW M2 Review: Track Test

The best car from BMW's M Division also happens to be its most affordable...


BMW M2 to "substantially grow" M brand, says local CEO
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BMW M2 to "substantially grow" M brand, says local CEO

The BMW M2 is expected to substantially grow the volume of the M performance brand locally, with wait times for the high-end performance coupe already pushing towards the end of the year. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW Australia CEO Mark Werner said that being able to plug the hole in the M model line-up with the M2, will provide considerable growth...


BMW M2 v M235i: a technical look
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BMW M2 v M235i: a technical look

The new BMW M2 has a starting price of $89,900 plus on-road costs, which puts it just $12,400 above the M235i, the smallest price gap between a top-spec standard range variant and its M derivative. The BMW M2 is the first modern-day M to sit below $100,000, undercutting the four-door M3 by $50,000 and the M4 coupe by $60,000 in M2 Pure manual form...


2016 BMW M2 Review
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2016 BMW M2 Review

The first-ever BMW M2 is sheer driving pleasure embodied.


BMW 1 Series M ‘needed another year of development’
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BMW 1 Series M ‘needed another year of development’

The BMW 1 Series M that went on sale in 2011 was a vehicle that needed more time in development, the engineer behind the car has revealed. Speaking at the launch of the all-new BMW M2, Frank Isenberg – the chief engineer behind both the 1 Series M Coupe and the new M2 – said he felt that there were some elements of the existing model he would have liked more time to iron out...