I'm quite a fan of Jobbo interior usually (My ACS M3 was 2 tone grey, my E92 coupe had red leather and the mini has toffee and black leather) but this really was just a bit too much in the flesh - the wood was hideous - white with a puke coloured grain effect!
Frozen bronze paintwork was nice though and the general fit and finish of the interior was stunning - did feel a very special place to be. B&O sound system too which is a first for BMW I think?
Matt - M135i - really was too slow and short a drive to comment properly but I'll go back at a weekend to drive some more. Interior was a big step up from both the old 130i (mine was mega specced too but just plasticky) and an E92 in terms of materials and general feel. Very comfy seats but the usual slightly over fat wheel.
Steering was very light at low speeds and I didn't get chance to try it much at higher speeds.
8 speed box was fantastic in regular and sport mode, and felt like a DCT in manual with a very quick throttle blip on the downshifts.
Stop start which works well in the manual mini, was quite jerky on the auto if you tried to get away smartly so I think I'd be switching it off.
Exhaust was more muted than I expected even when I briefly have it some beans - from memory the E92 335i sounded a little fruitier.
Did get up onto the westway but as it was torrential rain, couldn't go too crazy! Engine felt very powerful with no real discernible turbo lag - crept up to 85 leptons remarkably easily.
Ride massively better than my old 130i (which didn't have runflats). Unsure if the demo car did but it didn't have adaptive damping and I don't think I'd bother paying for it as the ride was perfectly fine on the London potholes and I won't be doing any trackdays sadly.
First impressions overall were very favourable - I'd possibly place and order based on that drive alone as it represents at least 75% of the driving I'll be using the car for and it was very happy in that environment although
suspect a 125d would be equally, hence why I think I need a proper test drive (and of an M3 and C63 too) to see if it'll be worth it!
It was showing an average of 22mpg when I hopped in but the chap did say that it had just been booted up and down Park Lane for the last 200 miles! Will reset the computer if I take it out again.
Twinturbot - the main dealership had those cars above, an X6M and M6 convertible in along with a full size replice of a DTM car. Didn't go into the i-dealer but they had an i8 and i3 in when I last drove past.
Aston had a pair of Cygnets and a generic Aston of some sort and Bob Forstner had a Zonda (think it's one with the roof scoop) and a Koennigsegg.
Am there again on Wednesday so I'll try and have a better look as I drive past.
Updated December 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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