Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Right Side O The Pennines
County: West Yorkshire
Brera feels like a different car
Over the last 500 miles or so of driving I've felt a significant change in the driving dynamics of my car, an all encompassing term for this would be to say it's 'loosened up' but I can't just let it lie, the engineer in me wants to know why?
I bought the car a year ago, at just over 3 years old, with 16K on the clock, it now has a little over 22K.
It isn't just one thing that seems to have changed though, the suspension and handling seems more forgiving, where it was once quite rigid it is now compliant. The engine seems to rev more freely and the car accelerates smoothly and cleanly without feeling turgid and strained. The steering seems more lively and directional with swift and accurate feedback.
What has changed?
Well, I had the prodrive backboxes installed about 3 months ago, and although there was an instant change in that the car obviously breathed better and didn't try to suffocate itself on its own fumes in low gears at low rpm I cannot see how just changing the backboxes can imbue a car with a completely different character.
The only other change I can possible attribute this to is the arrival of our new X3, a car that is the complete opposite of the Brera. Previously I drove our E92 coupe regularly, and when I got back in the Brera, it felt dull to drive, I have to wonder if the experience of driving the two vastly different BMWs has a psychological affect that alters the drivers point of view radically enough to change the perception of a car as a complete package.
What are you're thoughts? Physics or Psychology? Or a little bit of both?
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