Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW M2 VS 2017 Ford Shelby Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW M2

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2017 Ford Shelby

Safety Comparison

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The M2 offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Shelby GT350 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The BMW M2 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The M2’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the M2 and the Shelby GT350 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The M2 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Shelby GT350’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The M2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Shelby GT350’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Shelby GT350.

Reliability Comparison

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The Shelby GT350’s redline is at 8250 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The M2 has a 7000 RPM redline.

The battery on the M2 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the M2’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Shelby GT350’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Car and Driver the BMW M2 is faster than the Ford Shelby GT350 (manual transmissions tested):

M2

Shelby GT350

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the M2 gets better fuel mileage than the Shelby GT350:

M2

GT350

Manual

18 city/26 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the M2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M2’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The M2 stops much shorter than the Shelby GT350:

M2

Shelby GT350

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the M2’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Shelby GT350’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW M2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Ford Shelby GT350.

The M2 is 1 foot shorter than the Shelby GT350, making the M2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the M2 Coupe is quieter than the Shelby GT350 Coupe:

M2

Shelby GT350

At idle

51 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

89 dB

90 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the M2 is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Shelby GT350 is rated a Two Seater.

The M2 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Shelby GT350R Coupe can only carry up to 2.

The M2 has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Shelby GT350 (89.7 vs. 84.5).

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the M2, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The M2 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The M2’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Shelby GT350’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M2 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M2 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The M2’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The M2 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Shelby GT350 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold Winter days, the M2’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The M2 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Shelby GT350.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the M2 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer rear vents.

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