Well it has been just over three weeks now since I first got the Brera so here are a few updates on ownership.
The engine is loosening up a bit after 1200m, the 2.2 is starting to sound more fruity. 6th gear to 3rd gear at 65-70mph is where it is all at. You hit 5000rpm, nail the throttle and watch 80mph wizz past as you grab 4th, then 100mph passes all too rapidly, all of which happens with the most beauetful growl.
. It is fun to watch other BMW sport, A4 owners vanish in the mirror with a look of frustration.
Automatic wipers are OK but get it wrong sometimes which can be a pain in the ass, resulting in turning them off.
I have the 'standard issue' rocking drivers seat which I expect a factory fix for soon, it has also developed a squeek which is a pain but hey it's new and will probably stop soon (I hope)
The Boose option is a must purchase in the Brera, many people, even ICE guru friends have said that the clarity and easy power of the system is exceptional and I tend to agree, everything from Kate Bush to De La Soul sounds accurate and well staged. Superb
The passenger side door seems to have more wind/road noise than the drivers, although no moisture is getting in I still feel that it does not seal as well as the drivers side and plan on getting it looked at. Has anyone else noticed this.
Twice now at night while sleeping the car alarm has gone off, not quite sure why, maybe it is a little sensitve but it did manage to nearly give me a fooking heart attack. I live at a remote farm and never had a car alarm go off before.
The suspension is excellent, even better than I first thought. You have to really push your luck to force any wheel slide at a roundabout. It manages to be soft over bumpy B roads but planted and with loads of feedback when on A roads or at speed. I have to say that it is a serious step up from the BMW 320d M Sports I owned. It was just hard all the time.
It is very noticable how many looks the car gets. It would be nice to think that it is me but I'm not stupid. People really strain to look at it both while driving and when parked. I sat in a coffee house in Newcastle in NI looking out at the Brera on Sunday past. People were stopping and taking pictures on their phones, others were holding up the traffic by slowing down to look at her. The Brera really is a head turner and pictures can't do it justice.
Another funny new phenomena is the 'non-look' as my wife calls it. Thats when you are driving on the moterway or main road and other (usually male) drivers refuse to look at the car. Typically they will be driving an Audi or BMW and they simply stare straight ahead in definance as they pass you slowly on the outside lane. If they have a passenger then they will be staring, but never the driver.
Anyways, suffice to say that I love every minute of Brera ownership, Im even getting more drinks in at the weekend because my wife keeps suggesting that she drives home, any excuse