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      11-21-2010, 10:47 AM   #1
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I am the only Asian test driver of this event.
I have a Z4 23i & a X5 30xdrive. I have driven 135 convertible before.

The first impression was not so impressive because the real shape of the car was masked by the camouflage. But I noticed the back of the car was so wide. The sound of starting the engine was wonderful. The clutch is not extremely hard. The gear shift distance is short & precise. Easy to handle (this is my 1st time driving a left-hand drive MT car).

After we went onto the highway, it was raining heavily. I already noticed the steering was very sensitive. The dampers were so good & no jumping at all. Even passing puddles, the car remained in the driving line. I can easily feel the movement of the chassis from my seat. I can overtake easily while on 6th gear just by putting my right foot to the gas paddle. Then we went onto small country road. The chassis remained clean & accurate even we were driving 100km/hr.

On the test track, it was also raining heavily & my car was loaded with 4 people including me. I could not push the car to the limit. The brake was very strong & smooth. It could bring my car from 200km/hr to 100km/hr before the U turn quickly & I only needed to down shift 1 gear to slow down the car. Even I used 3rd gear at the U turn, the power remained & I can shift to 4th gear after the apex. No turbo lag was experienced. I noticed the toque remained almost abundant from 2000rev up to 5500rev.

The interior is little bit boring because the layout same as normal 1 series. Only the orange stitches & bucket seat were attractive.

The exterior of the car is aggressive. Thank you to the front bumper, wide fender & nice looking wheels. If it is orange, you will recognize this is an M car easily. There will be a LED line above the headlight. The tail light use the L shape LED thick strip. The back diffuser housed 4 exhausts.

What I like: the highly balanced chassis with the bi-turbo engine
What I dislike: still a little bit under-power if this is an M car. The interior is not very interesting.
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      11-21-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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I noticed the toque remained almost abundant from 2000rev up to 5500rev.
Thanks for the write-up. One additional question from the quote above: did the power feel like it dropped off at 5500 rpm, forcing you to shift before redline? I know you said you couldn't push the car to its limit, so you may not have been able to test this out. Thanks.
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      11-21-2010, 11:14 AM   #3
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Only the orange stitches & bucket seat were attractive.

I guess we have our answer on the stitching
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      11-21-2010, 11:15 AM   #4
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How many people were in the car? Weight could have held the car back quite a bit!
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      11-21-2010, 11:20 AM   #5
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^ At least another 450 pounds (3 people x ~150 pounds).
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      11-21-2010, 11:33 AM   #6
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Good write up. For some (if not most) people, keeping the interior simple and un-distracting is a plus. Without the bells and whistles with today's vehicles, the driver can maintain his/her attention on the road and actually enjoy the driving experience. I think today's society is so detached from the joy of driving because a lot of folks are multitasked, overscheduled and forget to set a little time aside for simple things like driving.
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      11-21-2010, 11:44 AM   #7
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^ At least another 450 pounds (3 people x ~150 pounds).
Probably more like 3 x 175 lbs = over 500 lbs.
Big, big difference vs a single driver.
More power would be nice nonetheless.

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Any mention by anyone about limited numbers? (if you are allowed to disclose).
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      11-21-2010, 12:03 PM   #9
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Thanks for the review!

After the event, did you feel as if you wanted one?
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Probably more like 3 x 175 lbs = over 500 lbs.
Big, big difference vs a single driver.
More power would be nice nonetheless.
I was trying to be as conservative as possible
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You had the best quote in the video!
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      11-21-2010, 12:17 PM   #12
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Yes, I loved the "terrible" characterization, if that's what you're referring to -
It captures the imagination better than other commentary so far.
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      11-21-2010, 12:36 PM   #13
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Great review...but an LED line above the headlight? Not so sure I like the sound of that.
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thanks for the writeup. sounds like a cool experience
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      11-21-2010, 01:05 PM   #15
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Great review, one question though, do you know if the angel eyes are white or yellow?
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      11-21-2010, 01:55 PM   #16
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Great review...but an LED line above the headlight? Not so sure I like the sound of that.
Don't worry, I don't think it's going to be like Audi's LED strips, it is just the BMW eyebrows that have been on the cars for a while.

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      11-21-2010, 02:05 PM   #17
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Bigmouth, Is the vertical air duct real and does it feed a brake duct?
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      11-21-2010, 02:36 PM   #18
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$64k question (which someone else posed), after driving it, will you still buy it?
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      11-21-2010, 02:56 PM   #19
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From your write up, it is clear that the engine ran out of steam after 5500 rpm similar to the N54 engine?? I assume, the redline just like in the publicity shots was 7000 rpm??
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      11-21-2010, 03:11 PM   #20
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135i with a tune and u have the same power !
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      11-21-2010, 03:25 PM   #21
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135i with a tune and u have the same power !
It won't have the cooling, chassis, suspension, warranty, or "cool factor" though.
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The EU is not making LED Stripes obligated.....hehe. Than all cars would look like audis :-P
There is only a law that all new cars by January 2011 must have Day-Lights.
And the Daylights from BMW are the angle-eyes. So .. no audi led stripe.
I think the new eyebrow will be some additional design element.
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