Originally Posted by BimmFiniti
Recent comparison tests show a disturbing trend with new BMW models:
- Motor Trend, S8 vs Alpina B7: S8 blew it away
- Road and Track, S7 vs 650 Gran Coupe: S7 pretty clear winner
- Motor Trend, Panamera GTS (not Audi, I realize) vs M5: M5 absolutely panned as disappointing, big, imprecise
Audi's small Turbo engines seem to be better than BMW's and they also seem to be building lighter, more sporting cars. BMW's electric steering has been criticized as artificial and lacking feel. What the heck is BMW doing? Have they lost the sporting "edge"?
I'm glad I have a "legit" sporting BMW with my E90 (although the steering in my E46 330i is better), but I'm a bit worried about the M3 (and M4?) and whether it will be better than its competition.
You make some good points .... I wonder about this as well.
BTW, I agree on your about your 330i, I think the gear shift on our 1987 535is is smooth as silk compared to the e92 M3 MT I call it a night and day comparison.