Since a month I am driving around in my new company car. After having many cars in dark colors before, I decided to go for Estoril blue this time.
It’s a 320dA Touring in M Sport trim; sufficient power and great fuel consumption. After having driven over 8.000 km, I averaged 5,4 liter/100km. The 8speed gearbox is sublime and the interior with alcantara sportseats feels great. I love all the options in iDrive as well. The big screen has nice graphics and is fast enough (could be faster has to be said). But inside I like the M Sport details the most; the blue stripe over the dash, the small 3 spoke M steering wheel, the seats, M footrest and the black rooftrim set it apart.
With the standard 18 inch wheels and M Sport suspension the ride is wonderful. A great compromise between hard and comfort. Not rock hard like some competitors, just sporty as it should be. If I have to think about any weak point, it must be the steering. The feel is still quite ok, but could be better at the straight ahead position. I definitely believe the older hydraulic racks have more feel and give more natural feedback.
Everything else is as expected. High marks on most points and excellent ones on the rest. You simple can’t go wrong with the new 3-series!
The biggest surprise however is how much I like the color. Never thought I would choose this one, but it’s simply wonderful in my opinion. The high gloss black trim makes it stand out even more. And the front with xenon lights gives it a very aggressive look; just what we like at Wheelmen…
Sometimes it’s not so hard. Just take a few cars, meet with some friends and start driving towards a beautiful area in Europe.
Last year was the first time and this year we went with double capacity to the same region, only now through the black forest in Germany. The recipe? Our favorite cars, good friends, nice roads and some food and drinks along the way. And now it’s tradition, so next year we will be back!
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Just a picture of the 2 Alpina’s together. This year I plan to drive them even more than before. Let’s hope for some good, sunny days!
And one update in mind for the B7: black strips around the windshield and rear window. Parts are already on the shelve…
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Our E30 M3 has been used for a covershoot for the dutch version of “Octane”. Great cover photo, and the others are not too shabby either…
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We’re in the process of building a ground-up racecar based on an E46 sedan.
Some pics of the progress in weight-saving:
We start out with a good condition 4-door shell and remove… well… everything, including the roof panel. For two reasons, weight saving by using a carbon skin and to be able to weld the top of the rollcage from the outside.
^ Drilling out all the spotwelds in a time-consuming and precise business.
4130 ChroMoly cage welded
Engine will grant at least 450hp. Very light and strong Enkei wheels with dual valves in 10×18 all around.
With snow and salt on the road these days, it’s not a good time to drive. But I did find a way to give at least a little love to the B6. It’s a small upgrade, but important! Back to original.
Here are the before and after shots:
If you can spot it of course… More pics in springtime!
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