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      12-04-2012, 11:45 PM   #356
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Originally Posted by RPM90 View Post
Interestingly, one of the most revered cars in handling and feel was the
Honda S2000 and even before that, the famed NSX. Steering rack? NOT hydraulic, but electric.

I know other companies use BMW 3 series as a benchmark and attempt to emulate and build on it, BMW may have too much pride to take an S2000 and look into it to see why it's electric steering is so good.

And the ATS has received many very positive reviews for it's steering, and it too is electric. OUCH.
You are part right about the NSX. The early manual models in the USA had no power steering at all. The later manuals and all autos had electric, although your point still stands. I don't know why BMW has been doing this. It just doesn't make any sense, because there is literally no downside to having steering feel.

Anyway back to the GT. I just had a thought. BMW should turn the GT's into a shooting brake. Not only will it look better, but it will also be more practical.