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Re: Hey Bruce...test drove the M Coupe... Coooool (archive)

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Posted by Bruce on August 01, 2000 at 23:55:03:

In Reply to: Hey Bruce...test drove the M Coupe... Coooool posted by Ran on August 01, 2000 at 17:39:10:

I took the M Coupe on an extended drive (Ultimate Drive event) and though I did not expect to figure out the difference , I MAY well have (unsure of course whether I was really experiencing what you were describing as the difference - semi trailing arm versus multilink rear suspension being slightly difficult at 10 10ths). But at really fast corners I could tell that I needed to concentrate real hard

The only time I really noticed the rear suspension "problems" (I use that term very loosely) is at the track. In that situation you are coming off the banked front straight doing 110mph+ (depending on how much I lifted) to the infield road course. This transition is very rough. If you hit it just right the back and bounces all around. One time I hit it right and spun. :-( Other than that the rear suspension is a non issue in my mind. I think the rear suspension makes the M coupe/roadster more fun than the M3 to drive.

:)) Hypothetically :)) of course, lets say someone went on corners at 80 or more, I can see why one would need to reaaaaly reaaallly be careful. needless to say I was extremely careful and obeyed all traffic laws :)

Actually the corner is when the suspension shines IMO.

The M Coupe, though with the Same engine as my E36 M3 seems quite a bit more fun in some ways except for the slight abovementioned issue. I think once one drives a bit and masters it, it is a lot more fun.

It definitely feels (and is) faster and more response than an E36 M3.

But like you said, since it is unsure anyway that they may come out with the new engine in the M Coupe, the E46 M3 seems like the thing to set my eyes on.... By the time it comes out, if they announce the M Coupe with the 330 hp engine, hey,...give it some more thought..

I NEVER said that. I said the new engine M coupe IS coming. I have always said that and always will say that.

Cheers. Are you ordering an E46 M3 BTW? I dont believe in ordering too early and being treated like dirt at the dealership etc. I am going to be waiting until at least 6 months after production to even order. And if I am too late, so be it.

Ummmm, no comment.

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