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      10-03-2011, 04:25 PM   #23
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Get e92 back, drive with all windows down
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      10-03-2011, 04:27 PM   #24
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      10-03-2011, 04:34 PM   #25
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      10-03-2011, 04:41 PM   #26
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Both have their benefits, and their cons.

I wouldn't take a convertible to a track myself.
Agree in that I wouldn't take an e93 to the track.

Whether that's a 'con' is entirely a matter of perception. I'd bet that 'Gee, I won't be able to track my car four times a year' didn't really factor much into the purchase decision of most e93 owners .
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      10-03-2011, 04:44 PM   #27
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      10-03-2011, 04:51 PM   #28
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      10-03-2011, 05:16 PM   #29
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No kidding. It cracks me up when fixed-roof owners try to convince convertible owners that they're missing out, when it's really the other way around.
I'm not really trying to bust anyone's chops, simply pointing out that "better" is specifically relevant to the problem you're trying to solve. For example:
  • Fastest possible track version of an E9x M3: Coupe (and really it should be carbon roof, cloth seats, 18" wheels to reduce unsprung weight, etc...)
  • Wind in hair in an M3: E93 M3, which combines great handling with a roof drop at the touch of a button

Given that a) I'm not focused on track days, and b) at track days (like most drivers) my ability will be much more important than the slight differences in the car, the E93 is perfect.

Note that this also applies to transmission (another popular thread topic):
  • Want to push a clutch and shift a lever, because you find it satisfying, engaging and fun for you - 6MT (note that I'm leaving out the myriad of other possible, and mostly fallacious, reasons...)
  • Like to pull a paddle and have an instant shift, because that is more satisfying, engaging and fun for you - DCT
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      10-03-2011, 06:51 PM   #31
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      10-03-2011, 06:55 PM   #32
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      10-03-2011, 08:21 PM   #35
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Both have their benefits, and their cons.

I wouldn't take a convertible to a track myself.
I take a convertible to the track almost every weekend,
And then I park it in the paddock.

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      10-03-2011, 08:24 PM   #36
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My wife (and kids) love the vert: It's our first, and it's fun.

Basically the appeal nets out to:
  1. Me: Vert, and fast
  2. Wife: Vert (and she looks good in it )
  3. Kids: Similarity to roller coaster ride

There have been multiple comments in various threads that the E93 is slower, doesn't handle as well etc. due to additional weight, and this is likely true. It's also likely true that in 99% of driving, you won't be able to tell the difference. I drove both, and without access to a track or winding canyon road, felt no gap.

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100% agree with this! We had an 09 e90 M3, now just breaking in our 2011 e93 M3. I'm astounded how much the e93 feels like it's NOT a convertible. It has greatly exceeded my expectations.
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      10-03-2011, 08:26 PM   #37
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      10-03-2011, 08:56 PM   #39
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I take a convertible to the track almost every weekend,
And then I park it in the paddock.

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