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      11-02-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Chris Harris of EVO Praises 1M Coupe, Feels Like True M Car! [VIDEO]

Chris Harris (UK EVO) drives the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.


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      11-02-2010, 05:28 PM   #2
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Thanks Scott!

Was hoping Chris had driven it but had almost given up.
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      11-02-2010, 05:40 PM   #3
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Great except the audio in car was terrible and then made worse by playing music over it.
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      11-02-2010, 05:52 PM   #4
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This video is a waste of time.
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      11-02-2010, 05:53 PM   #5
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Cool thanks Scott.

Very positive review from Chris. Yeah shame about the interior noise.
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      11-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #6
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Notice his comment about throttle response.....he keeps focusing on the "top of the rpm range" being good, but no mention of the lower range. Sorry, I just don't see that response being NA like. That will be the real test for me.

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      11-02-2010, 06:34 PM   #7
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This video is a waste of time.
How? Chris Harris is one of the most critical journalists out there. He usually states it as it is, and with his huge knowledge of cars, this kind of praise means we should expect something really special.

It's a confirmation that this car isn't just a repackaged E92.
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      11-02-2010, 06:43 PM   #8
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Wait he's driving a Merc in the beginning? I hope the car feel more planted. 135i did not feel as planted as the 350z for me. If Chris says its good I have confidence it will.
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Anyone else notice the clear shot of the engine?..... N54 from this angle.
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Very cool.

I thought the engine sound was pretty cool in a couple spots too.
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      11-02-2010, 07:01 PM   #11
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This is encouraging news from a credible source! Seems to confirm that M engineers have done something to sustain the power band in the upper rev range.

Too bad in the in car audio is so poor. I couldn't make out what he was saying about the steering (I think he was mostly pleased with it).

So when does BMW do the next reveal on 1M? Curious to see what that fender vent actually looks like.
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Did he say that steering is better then that of the E90s M3?

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Notice his comment about throttle response.....he keeps focusing on the "top of the rpm range" being good, but no mention of the lower range. Sorry, I just don't see that response being NA like. That will be the real test for me.

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He said 'feels pretty much normally aspirated UP to the top end'

This is a very good sign!
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      11-02-2010, 07:47 PM   #14
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Did he say that steering is better then that of the E90s M3?
I got the impression it was similar to M3 steering. He seemed to be sort of mildly complaining that it was heavy, if I could interpret his facial expressions and hand gestures accurately. Then he seemed to sort of make peace with it and decide it WAS pretty good.
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His excitement fuels my excitement.
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Who is this guy and why do we care?
Haven't you heard of EVO magazine?
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I got the impression it was similar to M3 steering. He seemed to be sort of mildly complaining that it was heavy, if I could interpret his facial expressions and hand gestures accurately. Then he seemed to sort of make peace with it and decide it WAS pretty good.
I think he was complaining about the steering wheel being too thick. I loved the thick steering wheel on my Z4MC.
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I got the impression it was similar to M3 steering. He seemed to be sort of mildly complaining that it was heavy, if I could interpret his facial expressions and hand gestures accurately. Then he seemed to sort of make peace with it and decide it WAS pretty good.
"Theres more to this steering then there is in an E92 M3 definitely".
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I do believe his excitement at the end of the video was the real deal, and said a lot...

The way I've come to view the car is that it will not be perfect, but will be awesome. Can't wait...
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Did he say that steering is better then that of the E90s M3?
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I got the impression it was similar to M3 steering. He seemed to be sort of mildly complaining that it was heavy, if I could interpret his facial expressions and hand gestures accurately. Then he seemed to sort of make peace with it and decide it WAS pretty good.
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I think he was complaining about the steering wheel being too thick. I loved the thick steering wheel on my Z4MC.
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Who is this guy and why do we care?
Chris Harris. Easily one of the best journalists out there. He can describe a car with better detail and relativity than anybody else imo. He knows his shit; all the specs, ins and outs of any car, old and new. I wish Autocar and Evo would post more vids with him instead of Steve Sutcliffe (though Steve is right behind Chris in terms of awesomeness and credibility, he just lacks Chris's articulation).
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+1. sounds like mumbo jumbo to me
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