When was the last time you drove for fun....?

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    I’ve had the E92 since late September, have done just over 11K miles now. Nearly all of that has been motorway, traffic jams, commuting to Kettering, Oxford, Banbury etc. So haven’t really had “fun” in the car. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great place to sit and trawl up and down the motorway, especially now I’ve added the DAB unit. The auto box is perfect in this respect, I get good economy (53.5 mpg over the last tank).
    However, this evening I realised I’ve not actually driven the car for fun since the first week or so of owning it. I’d filled up with derv (I know, the devils fuel...) and thought I would take the long route home. Stuck the box in sport and used the paddles.
    Well, I know this is only a four pot derv with 180ish bhp, but my word it can shift when pressed on. And the control and grip through corners is utterly addictive. It just grips and grips and grips.
    The chassis set up on these cars is excellent. I don’t find it too harsh, if I avoid all pot holes, and the payoff in the corners is perfect.
    It feels like a limpet on the road, wide tyres and mSport suspension must help this. Very very little lean, wallow or twitch.

    That’s all. Just thought I’d share the fun.
     
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    I don’t specifically go out for a drive for fun anymore. I’m lucky enough that every drive is fun since I’ve had the Macan. Just starting her up and hearing the boom and rasp of the engine fire up into a lumpy idle for the first minute or so gives me goosebumps and makes me know the drive will be special.

    Everything about the car is designed for driving. It’s got such a special feel that I know whatever the corner, straight, pootle or prod of the throttle will bring a smile to my face.

    I do realise how lucky I am though.

    On the other hand, I love driving my motorhome and frequently crave taking her for a drive. Something about the challenge of navigating a 6tonne,9metre long quasi-truck around that is really good fun and also fuels my petrolhead passion.

    So no - rarely go for a drive for the fun of it but do enjoy driving full stop.
     
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    Yesterday in the 335d. Yes, I know it's a diesel and not a v8 or even the b58 straight 6 as used in the 340i... but, it's remapped to 360bhp and 700Nm. Has bilstein b12 suspension and as of a couple of days ago the Alpina gearbox software :) So actually it's a really nice car to drive, no pops and crackles but it does go like stink!
     
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    Today, just for the hell of it I took the car to meet my Dad, nothing like a drive alone sometimes.
     
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    A couple of weeks ago when had a 718 boxter on loan. Took it out in the evening country roads, completely awesome.

    Then first week in August, taking new car to Scotland for a long weekend. Oh yeah other half and dog are coming too.
     
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    Last Thursday took the 328i vert to the White Peak area of the Peak District. Fantastic quiet roads once off the Cat & Fiddle and A515. Beautiful villages such as Hartington and Monyash. The Peak District is on our doorstep and we rarely explore it.

    I often take it out for a fun drive.
     
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    Interesting question....

    Must admit I don't go out simply for 'a drive' these days. But I really do enjoy the drive each time I'm out. Whether just into town, or a longer run like up to Inverness, or down to the BMW garage at Perth.

    I suppose some of the need for the special drive, is due to the car we drive and/or the conditions we normally drive in. The 535i does fit my needs for daily driving, plus it gives me driving satisfaction, whether just trundling along, or when out on an open uncongested road where I can drive with more purpose. I do get that 'driving' opportunity in some of my 'normal' driving.

    My son and I often discuss getting a decent driving car to share, something like (dare I say), Porsche, :oops: but it comes to nothing, at present. :rolleyes:

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    I bought a Boxster last year for fun driving so most days ! You dont need to drive fast in it either just put the roof down and feel the wind in your hair , or in my case watch the none hair part getting bigger . Unfortunately it is going up for sale due to my health getting worse . P5240315.JPG
     
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    1973 - The MN Plains Rally. Just before the Oil Crisis caused events to be cancelled.
     
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    I'm finding it harder and harder to drive just for fun, although it begs the question, what is "fun".

    For me it's pushing the car's limits and my limits, keeping in mind safety. So it can be quick. And it should be fun. But it's becoming less so because I'm fearful of coming round a bend and the in the distance will be a laser-speed gun pointed at me, and bang goes my licence, lots of money, and perhaps worse.

    I like to think a Caterham superlight will find my garage, which could then make it's way to a few track days each year. Now that would be fun.

    In the meantime there's still my R6.
     
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    “We” took a trip up to Aviemore at the weekend
    Wife Navigating, took during a Pee stop (genuinely public toilets opposite)

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    When I had my 535i, despite it being a lovely car, I realised that I had lost my driving mojo.

    After buying the C63S, I enjoy every drive. Just the sound of starting it up makes me feel good, but it’s the combination of size, weight, handling and performance that just makes me feel good when I drive it. The 535i is just competently boring by comparison. The C63S reminds me of the feeling I had in my first BMW, a 1997, 328i SE with optional sports suspension, that made me feel good driving home, even after a really shitty day.


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    I had s 1996 328i touring with sport pack and I still maintain today that it’s one of the best cars I’ve owned. The Porsche is better though and driving it feels like an occasion, it makes you want to drive the long way everywhere.
     
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    Early morning, last Saturday, avoiding all the A & B roads and sticking to the back lanes of Cheshire on my way to the BTCC at Oulton Park. It's a big old thing but it grips and goes well. Nothing else about at that time of day...
     
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    Muriel Gray described Aviemore as "a concrete flypaper designed to trap tourists". :D

    Hope you enjoyed the trip, did you go over The Lecht?
     
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    @slim_boy_fat @snrbrtsn et al.
    Any suggestions for me. Travelling up on 2/8 to 4/8

    Not had much of a look yet, will be stopping near Ayr the first night to visit my nieces memorial stone but thinking Loch Lomond / Conic Hill one day, then stop near Aviemore that night, then visit around Loch Ness, then see the GlennFinnan viaduct / Fort William and see Benn Nevis.
    Mostly the list is Jasmin's choices as she has never been to Scotland before, although I have based the general route on a TG mag trip for some nice driving and roads, to fit the few days we have.
     
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    Just like @Arl10 , I bought the Boxster for driving fun and trips out for the sheer pleasure. Sometimes i go out just to cruise with the top down, other times for a "sprited" Sunday morning blast
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    I drive just for fun a lot nowadays .Am on a keep fit kick just now and and walking a lot .
     
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    Showing your age now John , even I had forgotten about Muriel Gray :)
     
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    Yesterday---- its why I took the Z3 from my son when he got the Cooper S

    Quick run around North Wales including the "Evo" section , although I don't see why folk make such a fuss about it, but i was the engineer on constructing past of it.
     

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