A two-door coupe, insane power, rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. Sounds like a recipe for a BMW M car doesn’t it? Well, it is! The BMW M2 Competition might just be the best thing BMW has released in recent years. F87 M2 Competition is stunning both visually and performance-wise. The one thing we like about it is the size. Cars are getting bigger and bigger, which takes away that nimble feeling that was once present in the BMW E30 M3 and kind of lost in the E92 M3. The M2 is smaller, faster and combined with a manual gearbox a whole lot of fun. Scott, the owner of a black M2 Competition is well aware of the importance of passion and the general feeling a car gives you. The M2 Competition ticks all of his boxes for what a fun car is supposed to be. We were really glad to see him respond to our interview proposal. The thing that really convinced us was the fact that he uses an E34 5-series to cruise around the town with his greyhound Abbey! Enough talking, here are Scott’s answers!
I’m Scott, I’m based in central Scotland, and I’m an iOS app developer by day
When I was a kid, I got a Playsation with Gran Turismo on it, which was my first car based thing in my life. I was too young to really understand what was going on, but when Gran Turismo 2 came out, I played the hell out of it, and from there the passion grew.
I’ve got an F87 M2 Comp, with the manual gearbox and a sunroof, which serves as my fun car. I’ve also got an E34 518i which is used to take my dog around. One of those cars is significantly faster than the other.
The M2 has OEM 763M wheels, but powder coated in BBS Gold to give a darker finish. I’ve also got Pagid RSL29 brake pads when I take it on track, which I swap with the OEM pads.But that is all! The M2 is the perfect package for me already.
Probably Honda. They consistently build cars with fantastic engineering, at such reasonable prices. And they cover the spectrum from scooters to supercars, Moto GP to Formula One. They will build revvy N/A engines, hybrid engines, turbo monster engines, aeroplanes and speedboats, and it’s all one company!
BMW of course, although I must admit after the M2 I don’t like any of their new models, I feel they are moving away from what I enjoy in a BMW! I really admire McLaren for the scale at which they are introducing carbon fibre, Mazda for their rotary engines, and Tesla for showing electric cars can be practical.
My plans change every week! An equal length exhaust will be fitted eventually, along with some nice Öhlins suspension. Maybe one day I will get a remap, but I am perfectly happy with how much power it currently has
As silly as this might sound, my dream car is a Honda S2000. For me that is the perfect example of Honda at it’s best. Making a whole car as a present for itself, with a bespoke engine that revved to 9000RPM, while being perfectly reliable is such a crazy recipe, but Honda actually did it. For a dream garage, I would have to have an R34 Skyline GT-R in Bayside Blue, a Ferrari 458 (but with a conversion to a manual gearbox), an E46 M3 CSL, and maybe a Tesla Model 3. That gives me a boost car, a super car, two N/A sports cars and an electric car to daily. That should be plenty!
I would focus on cultivating that passion for interesting cars, rather than just the fastest car. One day, the internal combustion car will be gone, and I think people will wish they could drive a natural aspirated V8 car, that was rear wheel drive and had a six speed manual gearbox. You can drive those cars today, and enjoy them for what they are. They’re not the fastest anymore, but the experience they give you will never be replaced. Chase the experience, not the speed.
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