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The Z4, the M3 CS and the M2 with M Performance Parts

It's a mailbag on the new BMW Z4 shooting brake concept, along with the M3 CS and M2 M Performance live at Thompson BMW Cars & Coffee.

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Welcome to Friday, where you get a question about the new Z4 and some coverage from the Thompson BMW Cars & Coffee event in the form of an M3 CS and M2 walk around.

Let’s do it. As always, email me.

Question

Mike, I love the Z4 (I know, I’m in the minority), but that shooting brake concept had me calling my local dealer.

Please tell me it’s coming here. That you know of a secret other publications do not?!

– Adam

Answer

Adam is referring to the the BMW Concept Touring Coupé, which is a take on a hardtop Z4. Think modern Z3 clown shoe and you’ll get the idea.

What’s different on the BMW Concept Touring Coupé?

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Another cool concept that won’t make it here. Photo: BMW

It takes the bones of a Z4 M40i and adds a hatchback. Looks cool, if a bit forced. I think this is water in the desert. People are so hungry for these things that any one will do.

Does look nice though, especially the interior, which is what a car like the M8 deserves but never received. The Z4 also gets some fetching wheels – almost Alpina style. I dig them.

Will they ever bring BMW Concept Touring Coupé to the US?

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Photo: BMW

There’s no confirmation the car will be made, period. But if they do, I highly doubt it would ever come here. It’s not an M car, and the Z4 isn’t a big seller here to begin with. In fact, it’s on its way out once this generation is over. A final nail in the coffin is the Supra, which for all intent is already a hardtop Z4.

If you’d like my advice, it would be to go get a GT4 before they are all gone. It’s so far beyond the Z4 in every regard.

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This might be the most beautiful interior on any G BMW. Photo: BMW

Sorry Adam. If it makes you feel any better, I hear there is a strong possibility of an M5 wagon coming for the next generation.

Anyway, onto two cars are are very much alive here in the States.

The G87 M2 with M Performance Parts at Thompson BMW

M2 with M Performance Parts
Fran, flair me.

Last weekend I was at the Thompson Performance Group’s Cars and Coffee event, and BMW USA showed up with an M2 outfitted with the entire M Performance Parts catalog, along with an M3 CS.

If I may…

  • The M2 looks nothing like the M3, unlike the F generation. This is carried over into the M Performance Parts selection.
  • Some of this is cool. The decals add a nice touch, along with the carried over M3 exhaust and for the first time I can remember, a hoop-style spoiler on a BMW.
  • Some of this is getting a bit out of hand – the carbon fiber “comb” along the rear wheel arches? A red tow hook even though BMW will void your warranty if you track your M?
  • Still needs to have the lower front intake painted body color.

Judge for yourself if you need these for your M2. But the price will no doubt be high.

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The combs are a bit much.
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M2 M Performance Parts
Tow hooks make cars look like they are wagging tongues.
M2 M Performance Parts
I like the decal work on a light-colored car.

The BMW M3 CS

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Looks very similar to a normal G80 M3.

My hero car, and the one I’d like to emulate as I build my own. This is the first time I’m seeing a CS in the flesh, so have I succeeded?

  • This M3 CS has the same carbon lip as the M3 CSL, even though images show it with a thinner canard in Europe
  • This car also had M Performance Parts on it in the form of lower rocker panels and rear winglets like I just installed. They look nearly identical (perhaps the weave is a bit tighter), so you really don’t gain much with the M parts aside from a lighter wallet.
  • Michelin Sport Cup tires on very nice gold CS wheels. Perhaps I’ll go in this direction for wheels.
  • Carbon ceramic brakes with red calipers, a nice touch.
  • The car has a revised suspension and titanium exhaust, so they did not swap out M Performance Parts there.

Overall, I think we’re just splitting hairs – put those tires on a regular G8X and the results would be very close. You will get a thumbs up from me in this car, but without the stick, you miss something from the driving experience.

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M3 CS
I love these wheels – but imagine cleaning them!
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Red badges are a nice touch.
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The car was outfitted with the M Performance Carbon kit.
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Perhaps one day, I’ll do a carbon hood.

Thompson BMW Cars & Coffee Gallery

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Thompson BMW
A rainy day meant I washed for nothing.
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Strong G8X lineup.
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Thompson BMW
With all the done-up regular G8Xs, the CSL looks somewhat tame.
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Lot’s of non-BMWs as well.
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Thompson BMW
There’s always that one guy…
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I just loved this color, anyone know the name?
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