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The S4 has gone

Gary_LB Jul 10, 2019

  1. Gary_LB

    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    After 20 months of ownership the S4 has gone and I have moved on to pastures new. I’ve enjoyed owning the S4 however this was always a compromise based on the need for the practically of rear doors and more motorway miles. Neither of which I have required as much as expected meaning I could go back to a coupe which has always been my preferred body style

    So what have I bought? I have scratched an itch and gone back to BMW with an M2 Competiion

    While I will miss the interior and all weather capabilities of the S4, the M2 has made me fall in love with driving again, taking the back roads rather than the motorway, and going out for a drive just for the sake of it

    Some pics of the new steed

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    I couldn’t be happier!

    Thank you to everyone for your advice over the past 2 years, I’ll be hanging around here from time to time
     

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  3. WesT-gefül

    WesT-gefül Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter

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    It looks the business. Bet you’re super happy. Get some interior pics up too. Happy driving. Is it just RW drive then I take it?
     
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    terminator x Well-Known Member

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    Don't leave as others have moved on too but sticking around ;)

    TX. [​IMG]

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  5. Gary_LB

    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    Yes, rear wheel drive although having owned a number of BMWs in the past I’m used to the pros and cons. I’m sure I’ll miss the Audi more as we head into winter however I work from home, or travel by air with work so I’m not someone who needs to use the car every day

    I didn’t think to take interior pics so will do some later. The seats are extremely comfortable and it’s a great driving position however the quality is not a patch on the S4 as you would expect
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    I saw you pic of the M5C in another thread and must say it’s a beast! I drove the previous gem M5 and M6C at a BMW driver day but am yet to drive this gen. I imagine it’s an absolute beast and the switchable 4WD is interesting as offers best of both worlds
     
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    SPIKE_S3 Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Team Daytona Gold Supporter

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    Enjoy your stunning M2 CP :hearteyes:. I do really like them, and would love a blast in one. Give us all a few updates as you go.
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    Cheers mate and will do! I’m just spending time getting used to it at the moment
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    Some interior pics as requested with a couple of comments

    1 - I really like the backlight LED dash which is a great mix of analogue and digital. It’s no virtual cockpit obviously but fine for me. I tended to use apple CarPlay for sat nav so did not often get he benefit of the VC sat nav anyway

    2 - Seats. These are extremely comfortable and look great also. No power, memory seats in mine but I am the only one to drive it so no issue there

    3 - dash/console. The mix of alcantara and carbon fibre in the cabin does a good job of making it feel a little special and also distinguishing thee M2 from my previous M135i/M235i

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  10. WesT-gefül

    WesT-gefül Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter

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    It’s still looks like a great place to be inside the M2c. looks great from the pics of you ask me, it’s just the Audi has the design. The S is streaks ahead but we all know Audi does the best interiors in this category. The M2c must make up any interior edges the Audi has over it? I’m sure you’ll miss the power train delivery of the Audi in winter but you know what to expect. Beautiful car man. Really is.
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    Thanks mate. As you say it’s certainly a nice place to be, even if not up to the level of the S. I’ll probably notice it more adulting the winter with darker nights as the ambient lighting in the S highlights the quality which the M2C doesn’t have. I’m happy with the trade off for the looks and driver focus of the M

    I’ll mess the 4WD stability over the winter but have run enough BMWs over my time to know what to expect. As long as you drive to the conditions it’s fine
     
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    Very nice! I admit that if I didn't have two kids to get in and out of the back all the time I'd have been tempted by a M2C!

    My S4 went back this morning and I have replaced with an A35. Enjoy the car, looks lovely!
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    The A35 looks a great bit of kit so congrats on the purchase

    Any pics?
     
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    Haven't taken many, but this is it in a nutshell...
     

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    keenu Active Member Team Navarra Audi S3 saloon S tronic

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    Nice one. How does the M2 compare to the S4 in terms of performance and driving? Does the M2 sound better also?
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    Looks awesome in yellw! I have seen a few online in that colour and it certainly stands out!
     
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    Gary_LB Active Member Team Manhattan Team V6 Audi S4 Black Edition quattro

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    So to compare vs the S4 in terms of performance and driving:

    Performance: The engine is certainly more immediate so when you put your foot down there is next to no lag (one of my slight gripes on with the S4 was the lag, slow response when pulling away at a roundabout for example. Acceleration is ridiculous and quicker, the M2 is certainly quicker however this is on dry roads as we have had no rain since i picked it up. You need to modulate the throttle to get the power down which i like as its more engaging than just planting your right foot.

    The gear box is a little jerky in slow traffic however this is conman when comparing DCT to ZF so i was prepared for this. The DCT is definitely better when pushing on though and i find 7 speed better than 8 when in manual mode as you are not forever changing gears. I use manual mode more than i did in the S4.

    The M2 feels small and light vs the S4, again, no surprise there but the M2 is extremely easy to place on the road and into a corner. Steering and handling are a different level however we are comparing apples with oranges so to be expected. Turn in on the M2C is amazing however the M2C gets a carbon strut brace so this is improved even from the standard M2. I am yet to push the car to its limits though

    Sound - This is an interesting one as the M2C suffered from being launched jsut after the new emissions laws so has the new filter. It has a purposeful growl and sounds louder in the cabin than the S4 which could be down to less insulation or synthetic sound. I would say the S4 had a better tone with a creamy sounding v6 (does that make sense?!) The S55 engine in the M2c, M3/M4 is not known for sounding good but i am pleasently surprised. Its relatively quiet in the cabin so maybe i will look at an exhaust upgrade over time however its my only car and daily driver so do not want to impact motorway driving etc

    Hopefully that gives you an idea
     
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    keenu Active Member Team Navarra Audi S3 saloon S tronic

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    Great insight, thanks
     
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