After a test drive at Chandlers Ford today I have done the deal (pretty good too). est. March delivery date (counting the days!). Spec:
5 door, Estoril Blue, viz pack, sun pack, auto, driver comfort pack, DAB, Alcantra SW, black leather, heated seats.
Even in the wet the M135i was the first car to put a real grin on my face since I bought my modified JCW Mini, which I am going to keep.
What an amazing all round package! Not as focused as an M3 or Terryb's 1M but still fantastic. A good compromise as I will be using as my daily work car. Insurance quote £286 FC (7 yrs NBC, 42 years old, clean licence).
Whilst this is not a true M car (in the purist sense) I think BMW have a winner here appealing to drivers who want the power and fun but still retain some real world mpg/co2 figures. The fact that it is a "Q" car really appeals to my sense of humour when embarrassing more overt machinery :-)
BTW the soundtrack is amazing...........
Look forward to some decent banter!