Upcoming BMW Reviews: Your Questions

Over the next few weeks we will be not only participating in the official North American 1 Series and M3 press launches but also the US launch of the Clubman and (gasp) Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. And while we certainly have our own agenda planned (including potentially some video), we want to know what you hear and see. And in turn we want you to feel like you ‘re really there with us as we put these cars through their paces both on the road and track.

Starting with the Clubman, let ‘s hear what you ‘d like to know about the car. Obviously we’ll be giving our take on the car ‘s the performance, design and how it relates to the other MINIs available. We ‘ll have a chance to drive the Clubman on some amazing roads north of San Francisco and meet with the very people who designed and engineered the car.

Then there ‘s the 1 Series, one of the most anticipated enthusiast oriented cars launched in years. It represents a return a form by BMW many thought was lost and is probably more than tempting for some MINI owners. What do you want to see covered and what do you want to know? Specifically what do you want to know that hasn’t been covered in the European press? Performance related, spec related (including those Tii questions some of you surely have), now’s the chance to add your question to the list that I’ll be bringing to this event. We ‘ll be driving the 128i, 128i convertible and of course the 135i on some of the best driving roads California has to offer so we ‘re certainly have ample opportunity to answer most questions.

Finally we have a date with the new BMW M3 both on the road and through the famous corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Does the new V8 stack up well against the much loved straight six from the E46? Has the M3 grown too fat in this latest incarnation? We ‘ll be testing both coupe and sedan from a long time BMW enthusiasts point of view so all those questions will be on the table.

Again let us know what you ‘d like to know and hear and we ‘ll do our best to add it to the list.

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  • Sam

    I’d like to know if the clubman is as tossable as the Cooper, or at least how it feels different and the same.

  • Sam

    Are they going to include the paddle shifters in the 1 series at any point? Let us know what you think of that transmission in the M3.

  • rick

    i would love to know how the 135 compares to the older, lighter bmws like the E36 M3 (being that i’m planning to upgrade from a 95 E36).

  • CiaoBoy

    I also have a 1995 E36 M3 and am considering my next car. I’m debating between the 2008 E90 335xi and the 2008 E92 M3. With a simple chip upgrade from Vishnu Tuning or Dinan, it’s really easy to boost the power on the 335. And xDrive should really help putting that power down to the ground. I’d like to see a comparison of a stock 335xi vs. a chipped 335xi vs. the M3.

  • WxSquid

    The same auto and paddles in the 335 will be used in the 135.

    I’ve got it and love them, but I really miss the 6MT and my next one will be a true stick.

  • Nozz

    I’d like to know how the 128 compares to the 135, and if it’s worth the price difference. One loaded 128 vs. a bare bones 135… yeah!

  • Jon

    Paddle shifters are ok but I still a massive fan of a solid manual transmission. Really looking forward to see if the M3 you will have Gabe will have the new double clutch, think this is something we will see spread in the future to more of the models in the brand.

  • Brendan

    Hopefully you got some video of that new M3. We definitely want to hear some exhaust note, inside and out!!!!

  • Dennis

    as a podcast fan of WRR since the teen editions, I now have on order my 135 from first production run, hope there will be a similar weekly cast for us new cult followers.