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Big Blue

Gorilla madness

So I mentioned elsewhere the Sport settings don't get used on the Gorilla so last night I decided to try. There was a family related need to drive to Esher twice associated with a poorly E91. It was late evening and a bit slippy so a good time to test.

Well, the sport settings hate the A roads of Surrey. They're uneven, breaking up and generally shitty. The car crashes and bangs and feels pretty awkward. In Normal the car is super comfy and fairly isolated without being "soft". Sport does weight the steering up, to the extent it felt more like the B10, so what about the handling and feel aspects? The whole point of "Sport".

I chucked it through a roundabout at seven hills I have known all my life and OH MY FUCKING GOD. How can a huge estate car go round there on rails? How can the steering tell me that much more than in Normal? I was genuinely laughing out loud in my own car whilst alone.

I mentioned it was slippery. Three times the back end let me know it was slippery, each when power was applied enthusiastically (not mashed to the carpet) in just off the straight ahead. Some eejit in a 3-er coupe would have seen the third one as he tried to keep up coming out of the lights near Sandown. Power is clearly "sufficient" and its arrival clearly "brutal". Fuck knows what the 600bhp ones are like.
Martin

As you've discovered, with Adaptive Drive you need to be in Sport mode for the active anti roll bar part of the system to kick in as well as the firmest damper setting.  That's what makes it feel smaller and corner flatter.  It's an expensive option (£2.5k) but does seem to be worth it.  The new 7 has a more advanced system, with full air suspension, a camera that reads the road surface and a mode that leaves you with some comfort but very little roll.
Michael

I covet your car on here more than any other and you're not helping matters now.
Big Blue

Michael wrote:
I covet your car on here more than any other and you're not helping matters now.


Don't worry: you've driven that E92 M3 Comp that i wanted
Giant

Michael wrote:
I covet your car on here more than any other and you're not helping matters now.


+1.  That and either of the GT4s!

£2.5k suspension option that is only for use when pressing on on roads that are in good condition is a huge indulgence, is that for standard BMWs only, do Alpinas get it as standard?

Martin, do you have it on yours?
gooner

It does make me jealous that you've managed to get your mitts on the Gorilla, you're one lucky chimp! How do you find having left hand drive around London? Must surprise other drivers when you're sat in traffic!
Michael

Giant wrote:
Michael wrote:
I covet your car on here more than any other and you're not helping matters now.


+1.  That and either of the GT4s!

£2.5k suspension option that is only for use when pressing on on roads that are in good condition is a huge indulgence, is that for standard BMWs only, do Alpinas get it as standard?

Martin, do you have it on yours?


As much as I appreciate the brilliance of the GT4 I have no interest in them at all. Monster, Gorilla if you will, V8 and estate car body does it for me.
Martin

Giant wrote:
Michael wrote:
I covet your car on here more than any other and you're not helping matters now.


+1.  That and either of the GT4s!

£2.5k suspension option that is only for use when pressing on on roads that are in good condition is a huge indulgence, is that for standard BMWs only, do Alpinas get it as standard?

Martin, do you have it on yours?


No, it was an option too far at the time, but I'd probably have it if I was ordering now.  The B3 gets it as standard, the D3 gets VDC (variable damper control) and both are options on all the BMW models bar the M5.  The slight problem on standard BMWs is that both options raise the ride height.

I don't really covet any car on here now Franki has sold the Aston, but I suppose the GT4s come closest.   A new 5 series based Alpina is likely to be a lovely thing, but will probably too expensive for what it is and they'd have to update the wheels.
Big Blue

Ahem.

B5. And I love the wheels. I agree that new they're insane money but then a Bentley is just a big VW and a GT4 is just a revision of the Beetle-based 911

http://www.alpina-automobiles.com/en/models/b5-biturbo/chassis/

LHD only causes an issue overtaking buses at bus stops.
Martin

Ah, yes, apologies.
Big Blue

Just noticed you can't configure a B5 or D5 anymore. Full-on expectation that the new model is nearing the end of development.
Frank Bullitt

Big Blue wrote:
Ahem.

B5. And I love the wheels. I agree that new they're insane money but then a Bentley is just a big VW and a GT4 is just a revision of the Beetle-based 911




RHD isn't an issue in France, I can't imagine LHD is a problem in the U.K. (certainly wasn't in the smart models I drove that were LHD)
PG

Sounds epic. I'd love to try that engine.

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