Mar 6, 2014
Test Driving the 420D BMW Coupe
Location: Autowelt BMW Cebu, Nivel Hills, Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
Contact: Nicole Cambal 0908.818.7625 / firstname.lastname@example.org
While savouring crepe and wine at the recently opened La Creperie Paris, I met a stunning lady who I initially mistook for a local celebrity. Turns out Nicole sells BMWs. The hi's and hello's translated to an invite for me to test drive a BMW. How can I say No (to both - to the beautiful Nicole and the BMW test drive)?
Back in the Day Racing
It's been years since I drove a car. My last fun car was a Mitsubishi Mirage stick shift - decked it up with spoilers, mags, wide tires and the essential trimmings to make the good-looks grade. I drove it crazy like I was squeezing water from a stone - revving it up the mountain, screaming the tires on tight curves, even shooting berms on wide dirt trails. I love driving and I love fast cars. I had a subcription to Automobile Magazine, and my dream was to take a course at Skip Barber or Bob Bondurant Racing School. I even lost everything (except the shirt on my back) doing online trading on my quest to own a Lamborghini Diablo. But that was before. Now, I'm essentially a renunciate riding mass transit as I continue to lead a nomadic life with only loose change in my pocket.
Ricco the White Knight
I didn't want to waste Nicole's time, but I didn't want to pass up the BMW test drive either. What to do? Invite Ricco - a Corvette enthusiast who now drives a Mercedes Benz coupé. Ricco and I would shoot the breeze over a coldie talking supercars and the Autobahn. I don't think he's a BMW fan, but he surely enjoys driving a car with a pedigree.
Nicole was fashionably late and showed up at the dealership exuding the razzle-dazzle swagger of a celebrity walking the red carpet on Oscar Night. Wearing a vivid red power suit and a lacey fitted sexy short skirt, she was stunning, commanded attention, and she knew it. She must have sold a dozen BMWs on a disarming giggle. Good thing I didn't have money - I could have fallen for it.
The Intimidated Intrepid
The 3 of us, Nicole, Ricco and myself were inside the spanking new BMW turbo-powered 420D Sport Coupe. When I looked at the controls, it was a rude awakening. I didn't understand shit what I was looking at! tiptronic shifting? lots of LEDs? analog-looking digital displays? I realized I was the old-school double de-clutch stick-shift retro-grouch who loves Weber carburetors (they're now fuel injected) - an archival footnote in the annals of sports driving! I was immeasurably out of my depth. Do I go reckless winging my driving on this P4 million sportster? How many trips to the blood bank do I have to make to pay-off any potential damage I might cause? Prudence dictated Ricco does all the driving. To say I was blue-balls is an understatement.
||There is no difference between driving a Mercedes Benz and a BMW if you're trailing a fully loaded cargo jeep on the way up. -- Ricco Matta, Benz owner, behind the wheel of a 420D BMW
Ricco took the hilly and winding Busay route. It was no Autobahn, specially if you're trailing a fully loaded cargo jeep on the way up. On rare clear sections though, Ricco would step on the gas, and to my pleasant surprise, this diesel engine packed power on demand while belting out a German roar. The interior appointments were impeccable - luxury on every stitch. The doors felt vault-solid when opened or closed. Inside, confidence was high the car was stable under stress and built to exacting tolerance.
I've given up my dream for fast cars but even as a passenger, I was still on ringside seat as my body felt the G-force on the 420's fast curves. You can train a tiger to eat cooked food, but once it gets a whiff of fresh blood, the primeval instinct comes alive. If that's not jolting enough, Nicole's parting words were, "our 6 Series arrive next week!"
Contact: Nicole Cambal
Location: Autowelt BMW Cebu, Nivel Hills, Cebu City, Philippines
GPS waypoint: N 10.337818, E 123.896421
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- S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
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- Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
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Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
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