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Old 12-09-2012, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by av98 View Post
What I described is nowhere near a race car.

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Plus scenario #1 is what highly aggressive traffic drivers follow if they prefer to drive using all the allowable characteristics that their car provide.
Precisely. This scenario is where a BMW should shine. It is how the marketing claims it will pout perform the ordinary car.

bmw_or_audi's question precisely frames the issue, "Does the adaptive suspension have some idiosyncrasies that would make the passive sport suspension preferable for certain types of driving? Or is it always better?" av98's response is excellent and directly on point.

The BMW adaptive suspension address scenario #3 (routine driving) very well. However, it falls down on #1, which instead should be its sweet spot.

#1 is the world of the aggressive street driver. Here, BMW's passive system outshines BMW's adaptive systems. Magnetic systems, such as on the ATS, blow away both BMW's passive and adaptive systems.

Summary, go with the F30 passive system and tweak it to taste if you want the best handling street F30.

(I am unaware of magnetic systems as aftermarket for BMW as referenced above. The complexity of such a retrofit boggles.)
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