2009 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

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2009 BMW M3: Coffee and doughnuts

September 10, 2009


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Last week I rambled on about how I love electronic parking brakes such as those in our long-term Audi S5, and how they free up space for cupholders and interior storage.

Well our long-term BMW M3 is a Driver's Car, so it is equipped with a proper mechanical handbrake. Perhaps the handbrake will augment your drifting or doughnut skills?

And our M3 also has a hill-holder brake, so you when start up that steep grade in San Francisco you'll have both suspenders and a belt.

Of course, the mechanical handbrake leads to the trade-off of only a tiny console storage box.
I couldn't find anywhere to place my phone or spare magazine.

But cupholders?

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BMW's got them covered. These wacky cantilevered beverage holders pop out like magic from the instrument panel (IP), and probably work best with bottled drinks.

You love the Big Gulp? Forget it.

And I recommend you don't even think about sticking a hot double half-decaf latte in one of them if you want coffee with your doughnuts.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 8300 miles

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