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Old 12-17-2012, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Michael Schott View Post
For 2013 power seats are std on all models in the US. And low rolling resistance tires are the reason some poor braking results in car mag tests.
+1, on both counts. Virtually every E9x ever tested by these testers was a sport package model with a staggered summer performance tire set up. Now they're testing the F30 Sport line models, which come standard with a square set up and low rolling resistance all season tires. Of course, on the Sport line summer performance tires are a no-cost option, but they NEVER tell what tires are on the tested car. Most of their results indicate pretty clearly the tires are almost certainly the lesser models.

Having said that BMWNA deserves the brunt of the blame, because the reviewers only test cars that BMWNA supplies. Knowing the tests are going to focus on near at-the-limit performance it is truly stupid for BMWNA to supply cars that are not equipped for maximum performance results. Heck, if BMWNA would supply cars for testing that had summer performance tires AND the Dynamic Handling package we would be reading reviews that talked about how well the F30 handles and that for a mere $1,000 you can have a car that is able to transform from a luxury highway cruiser to a track ready sport machine with just the push of a button. Gotta wonder what marketing genius is running the test car loaner operation at BMWNA.
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