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In case you’re new to RelayRides or this car in particular, what I’m offering is a chance to drive a rare and somewhat astonishing oddball of a vehicle known as an M Coupe. At least that’s what BMW calls it. To everyone else, it’s a “Clownshoe.” To me, it’s just perfection.
Technical perfection? Perhaps not. It is 15-year-old technology, after all. There’s no forced induction, no DCT, no launch control, and the traction control has just one basic setting. But that’s what makes it great. This is a driver’s car. If you’re the type of person for whom the journey *is* the destination, you might want to give it a try. It will push you a bit and encourage you to push back. This is not the car for you if you’re looking for a gentle country cruise.
This is the car for you if…
• You want to give your left calf a workout—M clutches are good at that
• You believe that back seats are completely superfluous
• You want to practice the art of entering an exiting a sports car as taught in finishing school
• You enjoy engaging with strangers in conversation about cars
To help you on that last point, here is a quick primer. The M Coupe was only produced for model years 1999-2002. During that time, just 2858 M Coupes were ever unleashed upon North America. This is 1 of 66 produced in this configuration (Imola Red paint over an Imola Red and Black Nappa Leather Interior with a Sunroof). The engine is the naturally aspirated 3.2L M Power S52 straight six that originally appeared in the E36 M3. It has one of the smoothest power curves ever produced in a performance engine, and you really ought to rev it up to 5600 RPM at least once under load to hear it sing. I will give you detailed instructions on how to warm up the engine before you start to use the top of the range.
Needless to say, I'm very fond of this car. I've thought long and hard about whether to make this car available on the public marketplace, and I think I've come around. Based on my experience thus far, RelayRides renters are on the whole a responsible and respectable lot. PLEASE don't make me change my opinion. Just don't make a mess, don't be reckless, and don't stick me with your parking tickets. If you scratch or dent the car, please own up to it. I probably won’t care, but I certainly will be annoyed if you try to hide it. When you fill the tank, please use "premium" gas with an octane rating of 91 or higher. Older German cars tend to be fussy about that.
If you would like to try out this car, please leave a detailed description in your rental request to help me understand why you're interested in this particular vehicle and why none of the thousands of other cars listed on the service will meet your needs. I would be happy to meet you at Logan Airport or a mutually convenient location, and can provide a place for you to park off the street if you wanted to meet me at my location. If you have any questions about the logistics, just let me know.