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      02-18-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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F30 Ride and Drive Event - San Diego (Many many photos)

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So I had to fantastic opportunity to drive the new 2012 F30, 328i and 335i.

I also got to drive the old E90 328i, as well as the competition: MB C250, Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S-Line.

The classes went like this:

F30 New Features, F30 vs the Competition, then F30 delivery.

Then we met up for lunch and it was awesome.

Then we went to the cars... There were over 80+ F30s parked in the underground garage. It was nuts.

I was in the "328i" group, so I drove a 328i to the track, we took our time, a 50 minute drive to a location 10 miles away haha..

It was a good drive. We went 2 to a car, then switched halfway there.

We got to the event, which was a huge parking lot (Del Mar Fairgrounds) filled with 2 different courses.

One course: 2 laps in the F30 328i then 2 laps in the E90 328i

Here are my opinions on how they drive ON THE COURSE, not city driving.

F30:
(+) AWESOME torque, very balanced, great weight, drives like a BMW.
(-) Electric steering doesn't feel right on the track, the 8-sp gearing shifts too soon

E90:
(+) Love the steering compared to the F30, drives like a BMW.
(-) No torque, after 2 laps, the power steering was whining like crazy.

A4:
(+) Good torque, that's about it
(-) Heavy, unbalanced, felt like a horse was sitting on the hood, under-steered like crazy, X-Drive was detrimental

C250
(+) Felt amazing after driving the A4 pig. Much more balanced than the A4, but still not as good as the F30.
(-) Lack of power

Those who drove 328i's to the event then went back to the hotel (again, taking the long way back), drove the 335i's.

Damn, what a fantastic transmission (Sport Auto Tranny). I love everything about that car. And I drove a Black/Coral red Sport Line (I ran to the car to get a sport hehe)

We then arrived back at the hotel, and called it a day.

These photos might not be in order, but enjoy them anyway!















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That's a LOT of pictures lol.. looked awesome! So jealous of you right now!
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Yeah, my iPhone died before lunch... hahah

I had to kill my 3G and data to conserve battery.
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Haha I can imagine it did lol, but it does feel as if you have captured about everything you could capture
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I feel sorry for the carpet.

Thanx for the pics.
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Thanks for the pics!
It looks like that BEE wanted a ride in that M3 too
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You have many duplicate pics. Other than that good pics.
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"horse sitting on the hood" (of the A4)

Jeremy Clarkson might charge you royalties for using his line


But Awesome event there!!! Lucky you for attending it!
You must have been bored out of your mind huh?!
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It was an amazing event. SD is beautiful
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I thought the 2006-2011 E90 328 used GM auto
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I thought the 2006-2011 E90 328 used GM auto
Both GM and ZF produced Auto gearboxes were used at different times on the E90 328i throughout its lifetime
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Hey southpaw - how bout commenting some more on the 335 vs the 328? Can you confirm what other reviews are saying about the balance and drivability?

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We only drove the 328i's on the track, and I drove the 335i and the 328i on the street.

I didn't drive the car hard enough on the public road to have been able to make a judgement.

However, I can assure you that the N20 is plenty of power to have fun with. Paired up with the sport automatic transmission, it's incredible.
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I was there as well. Truly a fun and interesting event.
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Sounds like a nice time.
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That new white 335i with the black BMW Accessories wheels looks fantastic with that setup.
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Lots of great photos! I wouldn't mind being in San Deigo for a test drive myself!
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F30 is perfect except I really don't like they put 225 tires all around for 328i, even for the sport. The rear should be 255 just like the E90s!
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i sat in the f30 328i at the dealership the other day, and the interior quality felt almost like a GM. acres of cheaper plastice used on the interior. very dissapointed in the fit and finish of the exterior and the interior. love the powertrain tho i'll be another e9x next
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