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      10-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Finally a real road test!

This last weekend I was out of town and able to take a little drive up a mountain. This is the first time I was able to really drive my car the way BMW intended. The road I was on was the Catilina Highway from Tucson up to Mount Lemmon.



I had a car full of people so I didnt quite push it as I may have if I were alone. But that doesnt mean I was poking around the corners either.

So my 335i is the Sport Line and is AT with paddles. I have driven MT most of my driving life and loved the control on roads like this, but this experience was amazing. The AT is so responsive, my hands never had to leave the wheel, and the shifts were so fast and crisp. Coming out of a tight turn, downshifting and mashing the gas pedal the car just bolted down the road. There were a few times where I suspected the rear tires may have broken away (since I was in SPORT +) but they never did, I could have pushed even harder and faster into and out of the turns with no issues. I knew not to go harder or faster than I was from the screams coming from the back seat, more of joy and fun that of terror tho. I found out later in the afternoon that my girlfriend pulled her hoodie over head a few times. LOL must have done something right......

The cars preformance was beyond what I could have imagined. The brakes never faded, the wheel was easy to control and the AT preformed amazingly! The woosh of the turbo and the growl of the exhaust at full blast was awesome as well. I can only hope to get the chance to do this more with this amazing car. Hope you all can experience the joy and engineering of this awesome car as well.
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      11-08-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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Added Pictures from the drive

Thought I'd include some pictures from the drive up.













Hope you enjoy!
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      11-08-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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Nice!!! I'm so jealous right now! Wish I could have roads like that here. No hills in south FL
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      11-08-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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Wow, great pics! WHat camera were you using? You obviously have an eye for photography.
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So so so so so so so jealous
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      11-08-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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wow, something like this has always been a dream of mine. God I love cars.
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Nice!!! I'm so jealous right now! Wish I could have roads like that here. No hills in south FL
+1, here in Central FL
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Enjoyed reading your report and seeing some very lovely photos !!

Thank you for sharing !!!
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Wow, great pics! WHat camera were you using? You obviously have an eye for photography.
Photography is a bit of a side hobby for me, got that from my dad. I have been using a Nikon D70s lately. So far I have been pleased with it.
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Nice!!! I'm so jealous right now! Wish I could have roads like that here. No hills in south FL
+1, here in Central FL
Thank you everyone. I wasn't sure when I was going to get another chance like that since I live in Phoenix and there aren't many roads like that nearby. Don't pass it up if you get the chance. We have an amazing machine and it deserves to be pushed around the curves!
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I had a car full of people so I didnt quite push it as I may have if I were alone. But that doesnt mean I was poking around the corners either.

I knew not to go harder or faster than I was from the screams coming from the back seat, more of joy and fun that of terror tho. I found out later in the afternoon that my girlfriend pulled her hoodie over head a few times. LOL
I have roads like that near me. Before I bought mine, I rented an F30 and took it out on one. That's what sold me on it -- I couldn't get it out of my mind.

But it IS intimidating to think that if your hand slips off the wheel you could easily go over some very steep cliffs. So you're a brave man to take a car full of people on something like that!

I took my wife, who is deathly afraid of heights, on one of those a while back and she was white-knuckled and tense the whole time... "slow down, slow down, slow down" was all I kept hearing... and I was going like 30 . I won't be doing that again.

That's a really cool shot of your car, by the way.
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excellent pics
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Thank you everyone. I wasn't sure when I was going to get another chance like that since I live in Phoenix and there aren't many roads like that nearby. Don't pass it up if you get the chance. We have an amazing machine and it deserves to be pushed around the curves!
Great pictures Dumb ride with a car full of people. Take it to a TRACK.
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Great pictures Dumb ride with a car full of people. Take it to a TRACK.
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I made sure to be cautious while driving, only pushed it while going up hill so I was never near the edge of any drop off. I also would slow down in blind corners. I made sure that we were all safe. Some day I hope to get to a track too.
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I have roads like that near me. Before I bought mine, I rented an F30 and took it out on one. That's what sold me on it -- I couldn't get it out of my mind.

But it IS intimidating to think that if your hand slips off the wheel you could easily go over some very steep cliffs. So you're a brave man to take a car full of people on something like that!

I took my wife, who is deathly afraid of heights, on one of those a while back and she was white-knuckled and tense the whole time... "slow down, slow down, slow down" was all I kept hearing... and I was going like 30 . I won't be doing that again.

That's a really cool shot of your car, by the way.
Yeah I only was sure to only push it when I knew the roads were clear ahead. I also only did it going up the mountain since I didnt want to deal with the edge on the way back down. That would only happen if I knew the road were closed to traffic and I were by myself.

Thanks, photograpy is a bit of a hobby of mine.
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nice. I haven't done that drive for a while. I need to get down there. Thanks for the reminder!
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Nice read and pics
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If only we had roads like that in Philly...
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Nice read and pics
Thanks! Hope to get out again very soon to drive some new places and take more pictures.
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