Wow, so picked up Beast at the weekend (Brera = Beauty
The V8 is very smooth, civilised and easy to drive in normal mode. Drives like a 2.5 V6. No dramas, surges or wheel spinning (unless you put your foot down). Ride is remarkable - sporty yet comfy. Centre of gravity is very low. Body roll is minimal. Very little pitching. You can feel that there's a Probably helped by the super comfy Novillo leather (if that's not standard on an M3 then I bet it cost the original buyer a fortune)!.
You can feel a weighty(ish) chasis low in the car keeping things stable, but there's more than enough power to mean that the weight doesn't matter - it just gives you confidence that car will handle predictably.
Then press the M button and it becomes savage. The throttle becomes very sensitive and the available power and torque become immediately apparent - the acceleration is absolutely epic, and that's in 6th gear.
I had a few blasts of acceleration in 4th gear in M mode, and I think we'll have to adjust GMT because I'm pretty sure it changed the rotational speed of the Earth. I think the ride gets a bit harder too but I don't know how as this car doesn't have the optional EDC (electronic dampers)./
I suppose I ought to programme the M button for myself as I bet there's all sorts of fine tuning you can map to the button, but I haven't got round to that yet
Finally, as this was a suprise to me, I've done a tank of mostly motorway driving and the computer is showing just shy of 24MPG. That's not bad. I'll have to do a brim to brim test but I did 190 miles on what appears to be half a 60 litre tank, which works out more like 30mpg. I suspect that's not the case and the fuel needle will dive suddenly at some point, but still it's a lot better than I was expecting. To be honest in motorway driving it's only a few MPG off the 2.2
I think that's partly becuase if you enjoy hooning, the V8 can do it without using too many revs.