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BMW Is Making a Stripped-Down, Limited-Run M2 Just for the U.S.

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Get your checkbooks ready, because an extra-special version of the BMW M2 is coming to the United States in very limited quantities: the M2 M Performance Edition. It’s essentially an M2 with all available performance options and several comfort and convenience features removed—you know, so you can focus on the driving. Of the 150 that will be offered, half come with a six-speed manual—yes, we’re drooling, too—and the other half with a dual-clutch automatic. 

BMW doesn’t have any images available yet, but the company did tell us that the M Performance Edition’s visual tweaks consist of black trim for the kidney grilles, mirror caps, and side gills; the car also gets titanium exhaust tips. Illuminated doorsills are included, and a special LED projection lamp displays an image of the Performance Edition name on the ground when the doors are unlocked. You can have any exterior color as long as it’s Alpine White. Standard performance goodies include an M Performance coil-over suspension, an M Performance exhaust system, and the M Driver’s package, which raises the top speed from 155 mph to 168 mph and includes a day of performance driving school.

What’s perhaps more interesting is what the M2 M Performance Edition doesn’t have. The M2’s standard power seats are swapped out for manual sport seats without heating, a more basic audio system stands in place of the upgraded Harman/Kardon system, the smoker’s package is removed, the automatic climate control is single-zone rather than dual-zone, and the keyless entry system does without the comfort-access proximity-key feature.

As with a Porsche GT3, you pay more for less here. The M2 M Performance Edition costs $61,695—nearly $10,000 more than a base M2. Even still, we figure BMW won’t have any trouble selling each of the 150 units it plans to allocate to U.S. dealers starting right about now.

UPDATE, 2/17/17, 3:45 p.m.: We initially stated that this special edition comes only with a manual transmission; BMW has since confirmed that a dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered as well. 

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Deuces Wild: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Roader Priced from $40,995

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The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 may be smaller and less powerful than the half-ton Ford F-150 Raptor, but these facts are unlikely to deter consumers (and automotive publications) from thinking together about the two off-road-oriented pickups. Priced at $40,995, the Colorado ZR2 undercuts the hulking Raptor’s base price by $9160. Those more interested in an apples-to-apples comparison can pit the ZR2 against the $41,930 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro instead.

Like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the ZR2 relies on underhood hardware from lesser lineup mates. A 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard fare, while a 186-hp 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine is optional. Additional add-ons include a premium sound system, a sweet bed-mounted spare-tire carrier, and a full-length vinyl floor in place of the standard carpet that can be added at no cost.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

While Chevrolet didn’t release pricing information for the ZR2’s specific options, the brand did share the truck’s extensive list of standard equipment. Highlights include front and rear locking differentials for the standard four-wheel-drive system, a 3.5-inch-wider track compared with the standard Colorado, and a set of spool-valve dampers, a technology found at one point or another in Formula 1 and Le Mans race cars, among others. (Read our in-depth explainer about spool-valve tech.) Try finding these items on the base TRD Pro. Still, the TRD Pro does have one impressive ace in its hole: an available six-speed manual transmission. ZR2s are only equipped with automatics: an eight-speed unit for the V-6 and a six-speed for the diesel.

Other standard ZR2 features include a 2.0-inch lift, 31-inch off-road tires, plates and side tubing to protect the mechanicals and underbody, a trailering package, an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with navigation, and more. The Colorado ZR2 goes on sale this spring and will be available in both crew- and extended-cab body styles, as well as with the choice of a short or long bed.

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