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      08-09-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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It all makes sense now!

I've been driving around now for 4 weeks in my nice F20 M Sport, thinking that it was so comfortable and refined compared to my previous car and being amazed by the fuel economy.

Problem being that the whole time I felt as if something was missing; the beemer just doesn't have the sheer 'fun-factor' that the Abarth had. After an hour of driving the Abarth down country lanes you not only had a broken back, but you also had a Garrett-induced perma-smile that lasted for the rest of the evening.

As the car has loosened up a little I thought it was time see what it could do and took the traffic-free country route home.

My route consisted of 8 miles of windy country roads, long tree-lined straights and a lovely staggered S bend with a 15 meter elevation. To say that I am impressed with the power, feel and handling of my lowly 118d M Sport is an understatement. It took the staggered S perfectly and managed to achieve an impressive number of leptons by the top.

I now completely see the point of the new 1 Series, especially with the lower-output diesel engines. Good economy and a comfortable ride coupled with the ability to achieve wonderful things around town and down country lanes.

I do wish that I had opted for the extra power of a 120d, or even stretched to a 125d but the 118d gives an impressive basic package that can be built on 8)

(Excuse the sun flare in the second picture, I need to take some proper pictures )

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      08-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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Forgiven for the flare, it looks fantastic. Congads
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      08-10-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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Excellent colour!!!

I like the makes the pic look professional, like it was on purpose.
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      08-10-2012, 05:47 AM   #4
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looks great and well please ]d that you enjoyed the sport drive so much. Nice one!
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