TITLE: BMW Ultimate Drive
DATE: 06/19/2008 18:03:50
PRIMARY CATEGORY: Personal
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BMW Ultimate Drive is a fund raising event that donates $1 for every mile driven to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fight against breast cancer. The goal is to raise $12 million through the drive across the U.S.
On 6/8, the fleet of BMWs arrived at Concord BMW dealership.
Most of the model lineups were available for the drive: 1 series, 3 series, Z4, 5 series, 7 series, X3, X5, and the new X6.
There was a route map on the cabin of each car that took the participants through about 20 miles of combination city streets, highway, and scenic routes.
Since the X6 was a new model, I took one out for a spin.
That's me behind the wheel.
The X6 is a 4 passenger luxury sports activity coupe. It rides high like a SUV (BMW calls it SAV), yet, the interior gives an intimate feeling of a sports coupe. The engine smothness and handling was first-rated. However, the rearward vision was almost none. The rear view mirror shows you a small strip of rear window, due to the highly sloped rear-end. Even when I turned my head left to watch out for the blind spot, the vision was also extremely limited. It does have a fancy backup camera and parking sensors to aid parking. Some kind of blind spot sensors or collision avoidance sensors would be useful on this car.
We also drove the X5.
It has more interior space, and the outward vision is much better than the X6. We missed a highway exit and had to drive about 10 extra miles to get back to the dealership with the help of the GPS. The iDrive joystick (or what Motor Trend called "Tumor") took some experiment to program the GPS to take us back to the dealership.
Due to the waiting line and the hot weather, we only drove the X5 and X6 and contributed about $50 of fund rasing to support The Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The event will be happening at Washington state during the weekend of 6/20-6/23. Then continue to Minnesota (6/26-6/28), South Dakota (6/30), Iowa (7/2, 7/16), Nebraska, and other midwest states and the rest of the country.