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      05-24-2019, 07:30 AM   #23
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Meh. Not worth arguing about. People who want to go faster with minimal effort and input will love electric cars. Those who actually enjoy driving will keep our slow, inefficient, and infinitely more engaging ICE automobiles alive as long as it's feasible.
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I actually fall on both sides of the manual argument. I enjoy shifting on the street, it's more fun and challenging and keeps me focused on driving. Even my Mazda3 is a 6 speed. I've never driven an automatic on track before but I'd like to see how it is. Not a true automatic - I still want to choose which gear I want to be in - but almost all modern automatics have that option, most with paddle-shifters. There are many times when I'm trying to work on finding the right line and not having to shift would let me focus a little better. I have a long way to go before I can claim to have Senna skills! Working on one thing at a time would be nice.

My troubles with heel-toeing are compounded by the fact that my brake pedal is too low or too far away from the gas pedal when I'm braking at the track. I would like to find a solution to raise the brake pedal or extend the gas pedal's width. On the street, I don't use the brakes that often so I don't heel-toe anyway.

This never even crossed my mind on a bike, maybe because there is no option but manual. But on a bike, the controls are laid out in such a way that it's easier to rev match.
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I actually fall on both sides of the manual argument. I enjoy shifting on the street, it's more fun and challenging and keeps me focused on driving. Even my Mazda3 is a 6 speed. I've never driven an automatic on track before but I'd like to see how it is. Not a true automatic - I still want to choose which gear I want to be in - but almost all modern automatics have that option, most with paddle-shifters. There are many times when I'm trying to work on finding the right line and not having to shift would let me focus a little better. I have a long way to go before I can claim to have Senna skills! Working on one thing at a time would be nice.

My troubles with heel-toeing are compounded by the fact that my brake pedal is too low or too far away from the gas pedal when I'm braking at the track. I would like to find a solution to raise the brake pedal or extend the gas pedal's width. On the street, I don't use the brakes that often so I don't heel-toe anyway.

This never even crossed my mind on a bike, maybe because there is no option but manual. But on a bike, the controls are laid out in such a way that it's easier to rev match.
The spacing of the E82ís pedals isnít bad compared to other cars Iíve driven. Itís probably just a matter of getting more angle on your foot. You might try practicing on the street for a while. To stay sharp, I pretty much heel/toe every time I even slow down a little to shift. lol
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Wasn't just a concept, it was in very limited production. Someone in my office had one with the circuit board paint job but I never found out who.

4,000lbs and a 94 mile range, not too impressive.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_ActiveE
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4000 lb for 94 mile range, 33 kwh/100 miles, not bad for a 2012 build... though my 2010 Volt beat its 0-60 by nearly a full second.

The same build today should be 3600 lb for 200 mile range, 26 kwh/100 miles, 0-60 in just under 6 seconds. And I'd gladly trade back 15% of each number for a ragtop!

Anything Tesla and Chevy can do, BMW should be able to do better. The i3 ain't it. Maybe the i8 is, for the 1% - but I do my car shopping in a much lower price tier.
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