Just wondering if anyone else feels there is place for upgrading the shift paddles in the 147.
As you would most know, the shift paddles on the 147 are fairly small and located at 3 & 9 positions on the steering wheel. This makes it impossible to shift gears if you want to hold the steering wheel at 10 & 2 positions.
I was looking at pics of the SMG II system in the latest BMW M# and the new Ferrari F360, and both seem to have overcome this problem by making the paddles larger and bent up to follow the line of the steering wheel. Check Below:
I was just having a look at alfaromeo.com and the new 156 interior. Looks like the new steering wheel has paddles similar to those M3 ones. Probably not back lit though. Just gotta remember - right is up, left is down. The steering wheel itself looks like the 147 one - wonder if the 147 paddles can be swapped for the new 156 ones.
There is no URL as such. Go to alfaromeo.com and wait (patiently) for the "New 156" window to open. Select "Action - Interiors". Eventually you'll see the interior and you can zoom in on the steering wheel. Then you'll see the paddle peeking up above the remote stereo controls. But man, its slow to load. Took ages on my 56k dialin line from home. And not much faster from work. I'm trying to view it as I sit here writing this. What am I doing anyway - in at work on a lovely Sunday morning? Some things in IT you just can't do during normal working hours.
As an aside I'm wondering if those chrome rings around the instruments and side vents will retro-fit my 156.
You see what has happened here is known as BMWDIS. The acronym roughly translates as BMW drivers invisibility syndrome, where almost as soon as you buy a BMW you become invisible or you could say anonymous like all the other BMW twonks. There are about 7 in my street 2 of which (black 3 series coupes) are identical including optional spoked alloys. How they must of laughed.
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