RS Grant's Space Grey E92 Competition Pack

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  1. 13 Oct 2017 at 2:06 PM #1
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    After two and a half years with my Golf R (https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=47&t=1554034) which I absolutely loved, it surprised me on so many different levels, I've never really been a 'VAG fan boy' but I don't have a burning hatred for them like a lot of people seem to have!! ...if you haven't driven one properly, which I understand is difficult on a 10-15 minute test drive, then I urge you to try and get hold of one for longer and drive it on some interesting roads because they really do show their worth the harder you drive them; until that point they feel very VAG-like and plain IMO.

    Anyway back on topic and apologies for the bits of copy/pasting from the last big post on my Golf R thread above!

    After realising that the sound of a car is one of the things which I really value in a car (looking back at my history of cars, there's a lot of character in the noises that the ones I have fondest memories of made) along with the fact that I like RWD because it adds an extra dimension to the driving experience that you can't get with FWD and most 4WD cars... it kind of meant that my days with the Golf had become numbered, which was a sad realisation!

    B7 RS4, TTRS (I was very close to leaving a deposit on a Plus!) and C63 AMG were all ruled out as potential replacements for various reasons; to be honest I didn't feel like I really had many options left apart from an E9* M3 with a manual gearbox... and so the start of a semi serious/part time search for an LCI M3 with a nice specification and manual gearbox in either Coupe or Saloon flavour began.

    Fast forward about few months, I drove a white E92 LCI which ticked most of my boxes but I was left a little cold by it after looking through the history and finding that it didn't add up to exactly how it had been advertised to me in the pre-visit communication and then not finding anything else that took my fancy for the next wee while... I was even seriously considering a TTRS Plus but eventually realised that jumping into that might be the wrong thing to do and continued on my search for an M3. So fast forward some more and I turned up a 2010 M3 Competition Pack in quite a rare colour combination with a decent spec, low miles/owners, full BMW service history and the all important manual gearbox.

    [​IMG]E92 M3 Competition Pack by rsgrant, on Flickr

    A test drive, some negotiation, a lot of hard thinking and a cup of tea later saw a deposit left on it... I'm really going to miss the Golf, it is a fantastic car and has surprised me on so many levels; and this might very well turn out to be the wrong decision but after a long year dealing with big issues then I subscribe to the 'life's too short' way and thinking more than ever and didn't want to hold off and procrastinate over 'what ifs' any longer so I've taken the plunge and will see what happens!

    Here is the spec list that I was given for the car:

    A52 - Space Grey
    NDH2 - Fox Red Extended Leather
    XE8 - Piano Black Inlay
    223 - EDC
    6FL - USB Audio Interface
    612 - BMW Assist
    616 - BMW Assist Online Portal
    620 - Voice Control
    633 - Enhanced Bluetooth Telephone Functionality
    654 - DAB Digital Radio
    676 - Loudspeaker System - BMW Advanced
    7MA - Competition Package
    761 - Sun Protection Glass

    BMW Carbon M-Performance Rear Spoiler
    BMW Carbon M-Performance Front Corner Splitters
    Black Kidney Grills

    The only photos (apart from the one I took outside with the trade plates next to the Golf) are from the advert, but they'll work well as a kick off:

    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-1 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-2 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-3 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-7 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-8 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-9 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234303141-16 by rsgrant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]bmw-m3-m3-2dr-234632881-32 by rsgrant, on Flickr

    Hopefully be collecting the car within the next week, just waiting for my numberplate to go onto retention/be transferred to the M3 and I'll be good to go.. will be try to keep the thread updated with my thoughts/pictures too. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. 23 Oct 2017 at 11:46 AM #2
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    Well I finally collected the car on Saturday and I've got to say, I'm extremely happy with it... that engine is amazing, just revs for days and along with the induction howl, I'm well impressed with it. The linear power delivery might not feel as urgent as my Golf with it's boosty Stage 1 mid range, but the M3 is relentless and looking down reminds you of how quickly it gets to the naughty side of the speedo; although I do still think that they'd probably be quite well matched to around about three figures.

    I'll do a bigger/proper comparison to the Golf when I've got a wee bit more time, but the M3 has given me exactly what I wanted, it's far more of an occasion to bumble around in than the Golf and when driving hard (although I've not been out for my usual 'New Car Highland Hoon' in it yet!) it looks like it'll provide the noise/experience that I felt was missing in the Golf.

    I've wanted to take a couple of pictures of my car beside the Forth Rail Bridge for a while but it's not that local to me and time has never been on my side whenever I've passed previously, but the planets aligned on Saturday so it made sense to stop with the M3 on our way home. I'll share those below, however the first one is the last picture I'll take of ST15HDG which is sad times!

    [​IMG]Untitled by RS Grant, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Untitled by RS Grant, on Flickr

    :thumbsup:
     
  3. 23 Oct 2017 at 4:17 PM #3
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    Great colour combo.

    Great pictures.

    Love the rare ones.
     
  4. 23 Oct 2017 at 4:43 PM #4
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    Stunning with the extended fox, my old Alpine had that interior. Amazing place to be.

    Great pics too and enjoyed you comments on that glorious S65. :thumbsup:
     
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    Looks fab, great colour and manual too! Love it
     
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    Loving those last 2 pictures, car looks awesome mate.
     
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    Really love the colour combo, and Im one of the few on here who understand your Golf comments....

    Looking at E92 next myself too - for the exact same reasons!

    Miss the sense of occasion, no matter how quick you are going its quite a bland experience in the golf.

    Miss RWD.

    No engine noise.

    Unsure if I could deal with the E92 MPG though with my lead boots.
    The golf is the right side of 20, even when im driving...

    :muttley:
     
  8. 24 Oct 2017 at 10:45 AM #8
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    Space grey comp pack, cant go wrong! Still looks fresh today
     
  9. 24 Oct 2017 at 10:54 AM #9
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    Thanks guys, I'm a huge fan too.. sooo glad I bit the bullet and went for it!! :)

    Haha, the Golf was probably getting the kind of MPG on track that I can expect from the E92 on a quick drive on the road...

    [​IMG]851651B6-1FAD-497C-B3F2-B3840297E9D6 by RS Grant, on Flickr

    ...but I think my long term average was ~26ish, with 30+ easily achievable on a run. Expecting the M3 to give me an average of 18-20mpg, but the tank seems large enough to stop frequent stops and I will only do a few thousand miles a year in it so not something that I'll get too irritated by hopefully. :cool:
     
  10. 24 Oct 2017 at 2:06 PM #10
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    Excellent motor and was just about to place a deposit on this car at Leven with Francesco and then was told it was sold... :(

    Hope to see more of it on here and if you ever decide to sell in the future..give me a shout :)
     
  11. 24 Oct 2017 at 2:48 PM #11
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    I'll dive in to your pistonheads thread and see what you reckon to the golf. I'd like one in future I think as more of an everyday car. I'm put off by the 4 tail pipes though, have you seen any alternative back boxes to change that? The classic side by side twin pipes does it for me.
     
  12. 25 Oct 2017 at 8:27 AM #12
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    Just get a GTI exhaust?

    Im not hugely keen on the pipes either but its a feature of the R.
    Just like M rasp. Marmite but its a feature so you live with it - like or not.
     
  13. 25 Oct 2017 at 10:19 AM #13
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    Ahh, yes. GTi one would do nicely if it’ll bolt on.

    It’s just the only part of its looks that I find offensive! A fine looking wagon otherwise.

    Good luck with the M3 Grant.

    I had a read of the pistonheads thread. If the F80 still in residence? What are the different roles your M3’s perform?!
     
  14. 25 Oct 2017 at 12:32 PM #14
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    I'm sorry, but in the nicest possible way I'm not that sorry!! :eek::)

    I don't plan to go on any kind of crazy modification spree with this car, so it'll stay very close to how it looks just now!! But you'll see plenty of pictures on here and I'll give you a shout if/when I decide to move on from it. :thumbsup:

    Re: the exhaust, it was one of the areas I didn't like about the R.. four tailpipes is excessive on a car; even on an M-car, but I get that it's one of the signature M-design things so I can let them away with that! But on a 2.0 4cyl Golf, it's just a bit ridiculous IMO.

    I originally thought of putting a GTi exhaust on, but it wouldn't have worked in the R bumper as the diffuser/bumper design for the R/GTi are slightly different and fitting a GTi bumper could have had paint and design match issues and was a step too far for me:

    [​IMG]golf gti config by RS Grant, on Flickr
    [​IMG]golf r config by RS Grant, on Flickr

    I wanted to change mine desperately, but stopped for one big reason.. the noise. Any Golf R that I've heard with an aftermarket (BCS, Milltek, Akra) exhaust fitted sounds too buzzy/rippy for me and completely destroys the subtleness of the car... so I had planned to go for a custom system using a different diffuser, but when I looked at costs and factored in the risk that even a pricey custom system might sound council, I sacked the idea off completely.

    Excuse the very budget Photoshop/MSPaint edits, but my plans originally were an Audi RS-esque twin oval:

    [​IMG]IMG_0953 by RS Grant, on Flickr

    Then I'd settled on a MK6 Golf R-esque twin centre exit:

    [​IMG]IMG_0960 by RS Grant, on Flickr

    Re: the F80, that's a family car. It's not actually my own personal car, so while I drive it, it's not based at my house and it's duties are limited to running to the gym/tennis club/town 99% of the time... it's living a real M-car life. :roflmao::thumbsup:
     
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    Had the time to finally take the M3 out for it's first blast to the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorms yesterday, it's something I always do when I buy a new car, it's my favourite place and tests cars in every way they'll be tested with me... and I wasn't disappointed with the E92, WHAT. A. CAR. :bugeye::shades:

    I like listening to music when I drive and had a habit of having it up loud in the Golf when out for a blast and I started the same way yesterday in the M3. However after a short while of snaking through b-roads and enjoying all of the revs the V8 had to offer, I turned the music right down so it was still audible but so I could listen to that engine in the mid to high rev range, what a sound it makes!!

    These roads are good in the main but extra compliance to help deal with lumps, bumps and the fact they're not snooker table smooth is definitely welcome; so I played around with the EDC settings and found that I actually preferred the softest setting rather than the middle setting on these roads.. I have the M-button set to middle setting for normal fast driving and the hardest setting has been avoided at all costs so far. :roflmao:

    The car is fantastic, it's everything that was missing from the Golf and exactly what I was looking for; I am over the moon with my purchase. So far there are only a couple of small things which I've noticed I don't have anymore; one being adaptive headlights which I NEVER thought I'd notice but I do and the obvious one: fuel economy, or lack of!! But you've got to pay to play and I went in with my eyes open, so it is what it is. I'm roughly £10 extra to fill the tank and it gets me around 40-50 less miles of range, it's a difference but it's one which I can stomach because the pay off is massive and my annual mileage is pretty low at 4-5k maximum.

    When I get a chance to sit down and do a proper comparison between this and the Golf R then I'll do it, going to try and cover performance/day-to-day/handling, are there any other areas which you guys would like to see me give a comparison of the two cars?

    Anyway, I took a few pictures yesterday so I'll share them now.. they were only taken on my phone and it gets a little grainy if you zoom in on Flickr but here they are anyway:

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    ...I really need to get myself into photography/do a course and learn about it in more depth because I love taking photos but my iPhone camera isn't really cutting it anymore. However from what I've seen it's a hobby that can get super expensive pretty quickly, so maybe I'll start by asking Santa for a camera. :roflmao::thumbsup:
     
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    old military road?

    car looks great. I do like the wheels in silver. I used to run the same in black on mine and thought i preffered them. These look good though.
     
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    All of the above, the difference in speed/ power, and the (BMW) gearbox you chose.

    Did you have a manual golf or DSG?

    Not sure if I want a manual again or not after a DSG car, I cant make up my mind. I kinda do and kinda don't...:confused:
     
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    Lovely car . BMW sure did nail it with the E9x and E46 M3’s !
     
  20. 19 Nov 2017 at 4:41 PM #20
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    Yep think it was an old military road, very narrow and almost no passing places/places to turn!!

    Aye I like darker alloys usually but these make the car look very fresh, not actually sure I'll change them if/when the time comes to refurb them.


    Just typed it up and trimming it to the 15k character limit currently. :thumbsup:

    Daily driver is a no brainer for me, DCT/DSG, but if it's a fun car then personally I'll always choose manual option for as long as it's available.


    Thanks guys. :cool::thumbsup:
     

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