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The News for October 16th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian October 16, 2015 The News! 20 Comments

Welcome to the Redusernab News – Sort of Slow News Week Edition! There are not as many stories to cover this week as usual, but the ones I do have are pretty special. In any event, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW has a new enthusiast special with the M2 Coupe

  • Ferrari honors former racing glory with powerful new F12

  • What’s your automotive news?

BMW M2 Coupe


Let’s face it… we all knew it was coming. I, for one, am glad it did.

BMW’s “Slap an M Badge on Everything” campaign finally stopped to spread the wealth to the one car in the lineup that was practically begging for it. The BMW M2 Coupe is a high performance rear-wheel-drive apex hunter wrapped in a package that enthusiasts hail as being “the perfect size” compared to the much larger M4 Coupe. Some even go as far as calling it the new E46 M3 which is about the highest praise any new BMW could possibly be given by their… demanding fan base

Like a true M car, the new M2 Coupe looks just menacing enough to advertise its capabilities. With compact dimensions and hallmark BMW proportions, the 2 Series serves as a great starting point. Added styling for the M2 includes a low front apron with larger air intakes and aggressively sculpted features consistent with what we’ve seen on other M models.


Down the side you’ll notice it has broader hips thanks to its fender extensions on both axles to account for the M2’s wider track. The rear features an appropriately aggressive integrated diffuser, small trunk lid spoiler, and the traditional quartet of chrome exhaust tips which emits . Just four paint colors are available at launch: Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, and Mineral Grey metallic.

Now for the good stuff. Power comes from a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo (single turbo, twin-scroll) N55 Inline-6 unit with 370 horsepower on tap. Torque is rated at 343 lb.-ft. of torque but can be boosted up to 369 lb.-ft. in short bursts with an overboost function.

There’s a bit of “controversy” around this engine because it isn’t a full on “S” motor like all other M cars have. But in any event this highly tuned N55 engine still features select components from the S55 found in the M3/M4 including the pistons and crankshaft main bearing shells. The car also benefits from a modified oil sump to ensure proper lubrication during track work. In short, it’ll get the job done.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as found in the other M models. 0-60 mph is rated at 4.2 seconds with the DCT and 4.4 with the manual. The manual transmission comes with an automatic rev-matching feature but that can be turned off when the car is in DSC OFF mode, because clearly if you’re pro enough to heel-toe you clearly don’t need stability control.


Other M goodies include launch control, lightweight aluminum axles off the M3/M4, lightweight aluminum M suspension, Active M Differential (multi-plate limited-slip unit), lightweight forged wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 15″ front and 14.5″ rear brakes, and super sharp electric power steering.

There’s also a way to configure the Dynamic Stability Control to help you sustain a drift rather than ruin the fun. There’s something to be said about a car that will let you explore its limits and only intervene when it needs to safe itself from the scrap yard.

So there you have it. The BMW M we all knew would happen has finally happened. Pricing isn’t available yet but the rumor on the interwebs claims a starting price of around $51,000 US. We’ll know for sure as we get closer to its Spring 2016 delivery date.

[Sources: BMW, ]

Ferrari F12 TdF


And now for this week’s reality check: the new Ferrari F12 TdF. This is like an F12 Berlinetta on steroids, which would be ironic of the “TdF” stood for the Tour de France cycling race. TdF does stand for Tour de France but it’s referring to the classic motor race that was won four times by a Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. So what better way to celebrate a Berlinetta’s success by building a new track-ready Berlinetta?

In TdF form, the F12 Berlinetta wears a dramatically reworked design that has affected every surface. It includes fully functional aerodynamic elements pretty much everywhere and has the added benefit making it look noticeably more athletic. Downforce has been increased by about 87% compared to the standard F12 which you can bet came from lessons learned through their XX customer racing program.


That extra downforce is much appreciated on a car with 769 horsepower and 520 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V12 is responsible for that monstrous power and contributes to a 0-62 mph of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of at least 211 mph. An updated F1 Dual Clutch Transmission is standard and allows anyone brave enough to fully exploit its spectacular 8,900 RPM rev range.


In addition to the extra grip that the downforce offers, the TdR also benefits from a new adaptive rear-wheel steer system called Virtual Short Wheelbase and the same kind of stopping power as the LaFerrari.

Ferrari will limit F12 TdF production to 799 units which by their tradition means it’s one less than they think they could sell. Pricing info isn’t available nor is it relevant.

[Source: Ferrari via ]

What’s your automotive news?


So that’s… uh, really all I’ve got for you this week.

Now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, drove something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything news worthy that you’d like to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

[Image © 2015 Redusernab/Greg Kachadurian]

  • My news? “Gaaaah! Why are you not working, turn signals!” Mystery failure point is evading my every attempt to troubleshoot it. I am rapidly eliminating every option but a broken wire in the main harness itself, which frankly is NEVER the problem, because they just don’t break individually and completely, like that.

    • Greg Kachadurian

      Electrical? Eesh. I troubleshoot enterprise-grade servers for a living but I’d have a panic attack if I had to troubleshoot that. Good luck

    • nanoop

      Standard forum reply would be: clean the grounds, and are you sure the relay is ok. I couldn’t find neither on the circuitry yet.

    • jeepjeff

      I’m going to get to enjoy some of this this weekend. The original owner of my FZ-07 totaled it by popping a wheelie and going up, up and away! So, the tail got knackered, the turn signals don’t work, and the guy I bought it off of butchered the wiring…

      That wiring diagram looks like it’s for a bike rather than a car. I was about to ask which vehicle, but oh, hey, look at that image filename. Having fun with the Honda?

    • dead_elvis

      Yank the indicators off – add lightness, ya know? and go with hand signals.

      I hate electrical troubleshooting (although it’s pretty damn rewarding when I can actually solve the problem without resorting to hackery like hand signals instead of working blinkers.)

    • William Robinson

      You may have tried this already but check the indicator bulbs in the speedometer/dash. A buddy of mine had a beater bike a long while back replacing the indicator indicator got the indicators working. As I indicated.

  • “Down the side you’ll notice it has broader hips thanks to its fender extensions on both axles to account for the M2’s wider track.”

    That looks damn sexy, at least from this angle. I hope those curves are as dramatic in person.

    • pj134

      All the right kinds of retro… for the model up from it. Oh who am I trying to kid, the 1/2 series is way more like the e30 than the current 3 series.

      • Greg Kachadurian

        I spent about 5 minutes in an M235i and immediately fell in love with its size. It just feels right. In that regard it’s “like the good old days”.

  • My news is that I’ve now had a chance to poke around in more detail under the hood of my 66 GL (because why would I have done that before purchase?). One admirable factory kludge for making a RHD version of this LHD design is in response to the lack of room for moving the power brake booster to the other side of the engine compartment: The RHD unassisted master cylinder on the firewall does nothing more than activate an assisted master cylinder on the left side of the engine compartment, which in turn activates the wheel cylinders. Brilliant! It’s almost like a dual braking system, except in series instead of in parallel. I knew I bought the right car.

    • jeepjeff

      It’s probably for the better you didn’t discover that during the buying process. You might have telegraphed too much glee and caused the seller to bump the price on you.

    • Vairship

      When working on the braking system, make sure to ask for brake clogs instead of brake shoes at the auto parts store.

  • Greg Kachadurian

    Regarding the M2 and even the M4 GTS I covered last week, I went on the internet and found this.

  • JayP

    M2 v Shelby GT350

    • Greg Kachadurian

      I’d say that would be unfair unless it was on a mountain road or someplace where outright power and speed mean nothing. That kind of shootout would actually be really interesting…

  • nanoop

    In other news, the dripping from the cam front seal got worse, and the air-oil-separator (basically a crankshaft housing distillation cooler) has a bad seal, too. Also, I wanted to replace the engine mounts.
    The belts are dry, so I don’t panic yet.
    Original todo-list:
    – AOS seal
    – Cam seal
    – Engine mounts

    I’m slightly frightened of the while-you-are-in-theres:

    – timing and balance shaft belts, incl. rollers
    -> all front seals
    -> distributor cap and rotor
    -> water pump (nearly as expensive as a wiper motor, which is EUR500)
    -> (optional: 2 degrees offset key for the rotor: less top end, more low end torque/hp, which is closer to my actual driving style in a 32yo car)

    – intake seals (removing manifold makes AOS seals possible)
    -> check intake for oil contamination and clean/replace
    -> shut off vacuum hose between timing belt housing and intake
    -> manifold seals

    – Engine mounts
    -> oil pan seal

    -> crankshaft bearings

    I slowly approach a state when pulling the engine would make things quicker…

  • engineerd

    I would do naughty things to the M2 that would probably get me arrested in every state except Oregon.

  • Rover 1

    RedBull Caltex Team Supereight Holden won Bathurst with Craig Lowndes and NZer Jim Richards. After two years of Falcon wins, Holden is back as winner and Volvo finished in the top ten, ahead of the other non-Ford / non-Holdens,( Nissan and AMG Mercedes)

    What happens at 230km/h when your brother makes

    • Vairship

      What happened to Mr Walsh, who was apparently between the Flack brothers at the time of the picture?

      • Rover 1

        A lucky escape. Try You-tube for coverage or this


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