So I test drove the new M3 today. I really enjoyed driving the little beast. Despite being a manual, and me being an novice with the stick, it was easy to handle. The clutch pedal position and length was quite ideal and comfortable. However, my work shoes still brushed slightly against the brakes. It had nice low end torque and even better mid range torque. Couldn't do much more as the car had not been ran it.
Handling through 'Eagle on the Hill' was firm and smooth, as expected. Steering response was not as sharp as I was expecting and felt similar to the 5-series. Body roll was reasonable and I think my 550i with the Eibach springs and H&R sway bars provide a firmer ride.
It is a comfortable car, even for my size. By switching the POWER button off it makes the gear change smoother, but it wasn't an issue for me even with the POWER button on.
I was initially very impressed with its power and handling...then I got back into my car. Yes, mine is bigger (
) and of lesser kW's, but I felt like mine held to the road as well, if not better than the M3. So, I began wondering if the M3 is going to offer a big enough difference for me to enjoy? The other concern I have is with the new BMW dual clutch auto tranny. 1st gen car tech have been notorious so will I be game enough to risk it?
I spec'd the car up as White body with black leather and with the options of carbon fibre roof, 19" wheels, upgraded sound system and extended leather. The price came up to $187k on road. They think they can get it delivered by June/July 08.
Am I tempted? Most definitely.....
Pics below..and there's a short vid of the exhaust sound...nice note IMHO..