The BMW M2 Coupe, by Minichamps.

Minichamps is the first maker to release a 1/18 model of the much-anticipated M2, and good for them that they jumped the gun because they’ve been seriously cashing in on this casting. Debuting in black, followed by Long Beach Blue, and now this one in dark grey metallic (not to mention a couple Safety Car versions in white and black) - all released in the span of a couple months - there is already quite a selection to choose from for the ///M fans out there, even if most of the colorways have already sold out (limited to 504 each). If you’ve been following the news, GT Spirit will also release the blue one in a couple months. Stay tuned for a comparison; in the meantime, take a peep at the Minichamps offering shown here.

Like the 959 I reviewed last week, this is another one from them that has received the sealed body treatment. For less than 70 Euros, it’s an appealing option if you want a diecast model with steerable wheels. If there’s one area that needs revision, it’s the overaggressive stance - an issue that has carried over from their 1-Series M. Overall, it’s a great-looking model with pretty basic detailing that long-time collectors have come to expect from Minichamps. Solid grilles, printed badges, unconvincing brakes, missing license plates, blah blah blah....do I sound like a broken record yet?

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For a more faithful replica, wait it out for the GT Spirit which should only be a few dollars more and won’t be limited in number. Don’t forget that getting both is always an option too.

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