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      01-27-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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Underwhelmed by E92 M-Sport

Is it just me, or is the E92 M-Sport package a little tame?

I suppose I was expecting something a bit more radical - but these pictures leave me somewhat disappointed. Maybe it's because they're of a 320d - is that why it doesn't appear to have "staggered" wheels?



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Yeah, I'd agree woth that. Still looks great but what does the SE look like.
Maybe not special enough or not willing to upset future M3 owners
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The car on the pics could have been a 335 and it would have looked the same from the front angle (just bigger brakes and chrome grill).

And the wheel are staggered.
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Is it just me, or is the E92 M-Sport package a little tame?

I suppose I was expecting something a bit more radical - but these pictures leave me somewhat disappointed. Maybe it's because they're of a 320d - is that why it doesn't appear to have "staggered" wheels?
Hmmmm - the front bumper looks a bit deeper than the one on the SE but I guess the side skirts are fairly subtle. When the E92 was first launched I wondered how they would make it look as 'sporty' as the E46 M Sport, since I think its more of a classy and elegant car
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It looks boring. Aero front and other aftermarket kits look way better and cost less.
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My view with both the E90 and E92 are the wheels and tyres make the biggest visual difference. You put the 320d on 19's with 255's at the rear and it will look so much sportier. The 320d above I agree looks unflattering. I think it also need to be lowered, there's too much space in the wheel arch. I lowered car looks so much sportier
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My view with both the E90 and E92 are the wheels and tyres make the biggest visual difference. You put the 320d on 18's or 19's with 255's at the rear and it will look so much sportier. The 320d above I agree looks unflattering - it needs bigger wheels!
Hmmmm... yes I agree. I think the arches are fairly roomy on the E90/E92 that you need at least 18's to fill them. Personally speaking, I wouldn't have those 15 spoke wheels that come with the M-sport models... they would take about 3 hours to clean.... per wheel!
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My view with both the E90 and E92 are the wheels and tyres make the biggest visual difference. You put the 320d on 18's or 19's with 255's at the rear and it will look so much sportier. The 320d above I agree looks unflattering - it needs bigger wheels!
Weird though ... the wheels above are 193's - 18 inch m-sport wheels, yet they look dinky on the car.

It doesn't look aggressive enough for me. But perhaps it looks better in the flesh.
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I wouldn't have those 15 spoke wheels that come with the M-sport models... they would take about 3 hours to clean.... per wheel!
Nope, took me all of 5 minutes to clean my wheels yesterday. Quick coat of Maguires Wheel cleaner (leave to soak) and then a blast off with a pressure washer. Result, perfectly clean wheels.

For some reason the 193's are much, MUCH easier to clean than the 103's I had on my Z4.
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Nope, took me all of 5 minutes to clean my wheels yesterday. Quick coat of Maguires Wheel cleaner (leave to soak) and then a blast off with a pressure washer. Result, perfectly clean wheels.

For some reason the 193's are much, MUCH easier to clean than the 103's I had on my Z4.
I had the 17" double spokes on the Z4 and they were a pain to clean :mad: so I went for the 18" 5 spoke 189's on the coupe which actually only take 3mins 28 secs to clean

I'm sure its in this weeks autoexpress, but they reckon pointing a pressure washer against the tyre wall can destroy it in as little as 5 secs (small holes appear in the tyre wall).
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The M-kit needs 19" and the dual exhaust from the 335i/d
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...I'm sure its in this weeks autoexpress, but they reckon pointing a pressure washer against the tyre wall can destroy it in as little as 5 secs (small holes appear in the tyre wall).
You are right, Z4- have a look at this- high power jet washing of wheels is not recommended, apparently.

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You are right, Z4- have a look at this- high power jet washing of wheels is not recommended, apparently.

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The other area of the car to be careful when washing with jet washers is the parking sensors.

I usually just use a normal garden hose for rinsing.

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TyreSafe, formerly known as the Tyre Industry Council, says that a light-to-medium duty pressure washer - with a maximum pressure of 110bar or less - should be used to clean tyres.
Check!!

And having actually cut the tip off of my finger with a PW once I'd NEVER aim one at anything like a tyre, door seal etc.

Anyway, back OT... do you think the M-Sport kit on the coupe looks a little tame so that whe it does come the M3 looks like an absolute monster?
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It looks really nice and clean to me. It's much better than the aero-kit, and I do prefer it over the standard bumpers.

Now my last question is answered. I definitely have to have the M-sport kit.
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My view with both the E90 and E92 are the wheels and tyres make the biggest visual difference. You put the 320d on 19's with 255's at the rear and it will look so much sportier. The 320d above I agree looks unflattering.
Yes I agree, the wheels make a huge difference, and IMHO it's the wheels that don't look right on this M-Sport Coupe. Strange, because the same style looks good on the M-Sports saloon. I think the Coupe needs wheels with more of a "dished" look to them, and somehow those in the picture look "flat" to me.

I think I actually prefer the look of the 18" 189 style wheels, which is just as well because that's what I've got on my car, and the 19" 230's look wicked too. I was quite worried that when the M-Sport came out, I was going to wish I'd waited, but actually I'm quite pleased with my 335d SE - no expensive bodykit upgrade required (phew).

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I think it also need to be lowered, there's too much space in the wheel arch. I lowered car looks so much sportier
Don't the M-Sport models all come with M-Sport lowered and stiffened suspension?
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looks pretty good to me...
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It's certainly subtle, but then when the basic model looks that good you have to be careful not to spoil it.
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side skirts and front bumper look great! not too big on the wheels! my friend has the e46 with the M package and those wheels are a bit similar and a bitch to clean!
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