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Originally Posted by Podster View Post
 

Agreed, it kind of demeans the "M" if it's not a true "M" engine! I would love an M2 Variant, have been seriously thinking about an Golf R Variant if we can get one here stateside:(

 

Don't we already get the Golf R here? It's definitely a great car. I'm an inline 6/RWD kinda guy though, so BMW is the natural choice for me.

 

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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post
 

If it only comes with DCT BMW is really dead to me. I still cant believe I cant get a NA I6 anymore. E46 for life yo.

 

It will have a 6 speed manual, and the rumors are that it is the same box as in the M3/M4. I am in the same camp. I will not EVER buy another modern BMW if they do not continue to offer manual transmissions. I think Porsche, Ford, and Chevy are going to be some of the last holdouts for manul trans junkies like you and I. You just don't have the control with a dual clutch transmission that you do with a manual. Even in the 458 Italia which is one of the best automated manuals in the world, the control of having a clutch just isn't there, not to mention the joy to be had from manually rowing your own. 

 

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Originally Posted by thelurker View Post
 

The idea of synthesized engine noises bother me, but I believe BMW has said that its an actual amplification of the engine noise, not a prerecorded soundtrack like the system in the F10.  Also about the size...I think it's perfect!  You're right, a lot of people have been calling the f80 m3 the spiritual successor to the e39 m5.  All fantastic cars.  

 

The BMW M2 seems like an incredibly exciting car. E46 size (unfortunately not weight :() with a DCT should be great fun.  I think BMW knew they couldn't stuff an S55 engine in it because it would cannibalize too many m4 sales LOL!

 

I agree that this size car is about perfect if you have a family. I just wish BMW made something a bit more sporty for the bachelor (and bacheloretts!) out there who want something more communicative and intimate to drive. Luckily BMW now has the largest carbon fiber production facility in the world and we will soon see the full lineup of cars with varying degrees of CFRP construction. The next M2 will be the car to have, but I'm worried that BMW will put a turbo 4 cylinder in it. I'm sure it would be great fun, but I'd just much rather the sound and torque of a nice inline 6. The E30 M3 is plenty enough high-strung 4 banger for me :)

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Golf R yes, Golf R Variant no:(

 

I have the second problem you have with the manual tranny as the current Golf Country Wagon only has a manual tranny in the entry level car so you can't get any of the up-trim features unless you go auto/tiptronic:angry_face:

 

Here I thought the Z4 was a bachelor/bachelorette's car:blink: I mean if you are one do you really need more than one other occupant:wink_face: I just wish I had bought the '99 M-Coupe when I had the chance and before I was no longer a bachelor:rolleyes:

 

second shelf down in the middle:beerchug:

 

post #1143 of 1144
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Originally Posted by loxxrider View Post
 

 

Don't we already get the Golf R here? It's definitely a great car. I'm an inline 6/RWD kinda guy though, so BMW is the natural choice for me.

 

 

It will have a 6 speed manual, and the rumors are that it is the same box as in the M3/M4. I am in the same camp. I will not EVER buy another modern BMW if they do not continue to offer manual transmissions. I think Porsche, Ford, and Chevy are going to be some of the last holdouts for manul trans junkies like you and I. You just don't have the control with a dual clutch transmission that you do with a manual. Even in the 458 Italia which is one of the best automated manuals in the world, the control of having a clutch just isn't there, not to mention the joy to be had from manually rowing your own. 

 

 

I agree that this size car is about perfect if you have a family. I just wish BMW made something a bit more sporty for the bachelor (and bacheloretts!) out there who want something more communicative and intimate to drive. Luckily BMW now has the largest carbon fiber production facility in the world and we will soon see the full lineup of cars with varying degrees of CFRP construction. The next M2 will be the car to have, but I'm worried that BMW will put a turbo 4 cylinder in it. I'm sure it would be great fun, but I'd just much rather the sound and torque of a nice inline 6. The E30 M3 is plenty enough high-strung 4 banger for me :)

I think BMW has said that they are putting a modified version of the N55 engine it, so no, it won't have a 4 cylinder. It also seems to not sound too bad from the spy videos.  As for the DCT, I for one, am glad we still have  a choice between auto vs. manual.  The manual does have the engagement, but BMW is also about going fast, and the DCT has the upper hand there. There is a reason that the GT3 and GT3RS are only offered in DCT (although I'm disappointed that porsche would not give consumers the choice for a gt model).  

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Does anyone know any good car speakers? Been driving around and listening to the stock stereo and it drives me nuts sometimes when I have headphones at home. I know that just doing speakers isn't the whole thing. I'll need to use some dynamat to dampen the baffles and door skins. But I was wondering if anyone has looked into high fidelity audio for your car!!

 

It's hard to find that sort of stuff because most car guys aren't audio guys as well. I wish I knew of more resources for quality car audio rather than just who has the most bass and loudness. Love to hear what you guys know!

 

PS. been looking at JL audio's C and TR series. Also Helix Esprit series. Anyone attest to the quality of these speakers?


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