Steve Cropley: Classic M3s got better with age Car News

CEO Mike Hawes gives his usual keynote presentation (did you know automakers have tripled electric vehicle lines and 15x the choice of models in 10 years?), then we drive a selection of great cars. I try many, but most like the mammoth BMW iX. Its isolation and rolling comfort on concrete tracks are a revelation.

Tuesday PM

I’m offered a few miles around Millbrook in a fully laden 44-tonne Daf XG Artic, the first truck I’ve driven since an incredibly crude Dodge semi-trailer in the Queensland outback 50 years ago. It’s incredibly quiet, refined and smooth, thanks to its lightly suspended cabin and air suspension seat. And the mighty 12.9-litre diesel and 12-speed automatic gearbox (even on steep grades we’re in sixth) means your chance of falling down a grade is zero. The powertrain even protects against overspeeding downhill. Is it too late to retrain?


The man comes for the M3 CSL. I took one last quick shot around the block before he arrived and I’m extremely sorry to see him go. I did the usual classifieds search and found prices either side of £100,000. It’s a great car but I’m still quite stunned to find out that you could buy “his and hers” Porsche 911s for the same price.

Then I get back in our long-term Dacia Duster and find out (again) why we ordinary people have ordinary cars. It’s quiet, smooth and easy. The trip computer says it has hit 61 mpg since I filled it up 100 miles ago, by which time the range offered was 630 miles. I like this car too.

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