Just added a 2007 BMW 130i M Sport to run along side the Cayman and am so far VERY impressed. Obviously the dynamics of the Cayman have spoiled me over the last year so the Baby BM had a tough crowd, but it has totally won me over in a short time-frame.
The engine. Whist the six in the Cayman S is a snorting stalion with rough unrefined edges (which is the appeal right?) this straight six is like licking caramel off a warm spoon. It delivers the power so effortlessly and pulls very low in the rev range yet you can jump on the gas in second and have all the back-end laughs you like. The Cayman is certainly gonna see less miles which isn't a bad thing.
I managed a deal which means I'm ditching the run-flats next week for some proper Conti's and look forward to seeing the inevitable improvement in ride. The M Sport is a little firm on the run-flats but not as bad as I had been led to believe. I also got the dealer to re-spray the walnut trim in piano black finish and am very happy with results against the cream leather and black exterior. I'll try and get some photos up.
Had plenty of Audi's in the past, this being the first Beemer I am really struck with the tech and the driving position as two of the most obvious things I must say. I love the two stage DTC function for different levels of daring. The seats are sublime in their support and function. Tech wise I find that BMWs anti-hill-roll control is far less intrusive than Audi's which I could also noticably feel engaging and disengaging. The cars fully loaded with all the cruise, auto wiper and light options etc and again these function in a predictable fashion which I know the other half will get to grips with quickly and not just ignore. It's returning 25.9MPG which is also surprising for straight six un der my foot.
I got what I consider to be an amazing deal.
2007 (facelift gen 2) BMW 130i - M Sport with nearly all boxes ticked - 16,560 miles on the clock and four new tyres.
£14,500 or $ 23,200 - chuffed!!