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OMG: BMW Frankenstein!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by imageWIS, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. imageWIS

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    Jon.

    With a mere $8k worth of fiberglass and paint you too can make your e30 look like a riced-out Impreza!
     
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    Eventually, its rich chav owner will vaporize himself in a high-speed crash because he can't drive for shit and the car can't handle for it either. The tragedy is the amount of burnt plolyester resin that will be released into the atmosphere when natural selection rids us of this vile ride and its owner.
     
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    Beemers are the least mod-able cars ever! Their lines are simply too clean and Germanic to withstand that kind of visual alteration.
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    Look good modded. I do have a soft spot for the tuner culture: I love the idea of taking your car and making it a personal expression as well as a tool for what you love to do on the track: drift, drag, hit the perfect line, or just screw around.
    Of course, the trick is to trick out the car and make it look DIFFERENT from all the other ricers out there. And that takes money, time, and some intelligence.
     
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    Hahaha. Awesome.

    And that RX-7 looks awesome (though I prefer them sans spoiler). That 350z is way too embellished for my taste.
     
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    That's a Skyline on top, right? What gen?
     
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    That's a Skyline on top, right? What gen?

    Looks like an R-34 (my personal fav)
     
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    Looks like an R-34 (my personal fav)

    Yep. It's definitely an R34 - the inward-slanted headlights are what give it away.
     
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    Yep. It's definitely an R34 - the inward-slanted headlights are what give it away.
    I would take that car over pretty much anything except an Aston. Especially here in the state's an R32 or R34 is rarer than anything but a Koenigsegg...
     
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    All of the cars pictured on this thread, but especially the E30 on top and the criminally butchered FD RX-7 (one of very, very few Japanese cars to be truly beautiful) are prime candidates for a VW "Time to unpimp ze ouw-toe" commercial.
     
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    I would take that car over pretty much anything except an Aston. Especially here in the state's an R32 or R34 is rarer than anything but a Koenigsegg...

    Do you live in California? In LA County, in the Asian community around Pomona, I see R34s more often than one would expect. I like them a lot, but I think they're still too much of a powerful beast for my taste. I would buy one in a heartbeat if I had the money and the hook-ups, so don't get me wrong, I just think there are better cars coming out Japan.
     
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    Eventually, its rich chav owner will vaporize himself in a high-speed crash because he can't drive for shit and the car can't handle for it either. The tragedy is the amount of burnt plolyester resin that will be released into the atmosphere when natural selection rids us of this vile ride and its owner.
    I think there are people who special order an automatic for Ferraris, and such.
     
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    I think there are people who special order an automatic for Ferraris, and such.

    Actually, the largest market for automatic Ferrari's is the USA. Especially, in FL and Cali. It's a combination of the traffic and ease of use. At the same time more and more Ferrari's come equipped with flappy-paddle gearboxes, which have both an auto and manual mode, thus the driver gets to choose how he wants to shift.

    And just for edification: the manu-matic flappy-paddle gearboxes used in Ferraris are not true automatics, they are manual gearboxes that have a computer controlling the release of the clutch, and this is evident at low speeds in auto mode, because the shifts tend to get a bit jerky as the computer is uncertain how fast and in which gear to shift up / down into (I've been in a Maserati Quattroporte, and I have seen this happen firsthand).

    Also, some models now only come with flappy-paddle gearboxes, such as the Ferrari Enzo.

    Jon.
     
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    Do you live in California? In LA County, in the Asian community around Pomona, I see R34s more often than one would expect. I like them a lot, but I think they're still too much of a powerful beast for my taste. I would buy one in a heartbeat if I had the money and the hook-ups, so don't get me wrong, I just think there are better cars coming out Japan.
    Never see 'em here in the NorthEast. Maybe it's just an East Coast-West Coast thing.
     
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    Actually, the largest market for automatic Ferrari's is the USA.

    From reading your post, you probably mean a semi-automatic transmission where the computer controls the clutch (I think Ferrari calls it F1 or something) instead of the usual slushbox/torque converter system? I'd be very surprised if F. made slushbox cars. Cars of both types have paddle shifters, so that's not a distinguishing feature between the two kinds of transmissions anymore.

    Getting a semi-automatic transmission isn't as shameful as getting a slushbox, since there isn't the usual power loss, and they're usually more responsive, and properly downshift, though some new slushboxes do rev-matched downshifts these days. Ironically, the BMW E60 M5 and M6 both come only with SMG (BMW's semi-auto xmission), except for the US, where a manual shifter will be an option for some Luddites. That's a car in which to get the semi-automatic, because the gearbox and engine were optimized for a semi-automatic. The manual shifter will be a downgrade.

    --Andre
     

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