AtomicMan & Kevin M: Good car talk. Anyway, I said above that my buddy's S4 (2005) is wayyy faster than my 330i (also a 2005), but I checked on weight, and the specs say that the S4 that year was 3750 lbs. and the 330i was 3285 lbs., so the 465 lbs. lighter weight may help explain why, for instance, the 330 felt better handling (to me) coming down Mt. Tam.
(It may also have been because my buddy takes care of his S4 for crap, and my 330 had new S-03s; who knows? He had to replace the engine in his S4 after 5 months, but since then it's been fine.)
Here's an article on Mt. Tam being used in car ads: [Also, to the OP - sorry for the hijack, but it seems this has degenerated into a general car thread. See good advice regarding new/used/lease cars above.]http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/27/au...&oref=slog in
Mount Tamalpais, or Mount Tam, in Northern California has provided the seductive twists and turns for Madison Avenue paeans to car brands like Porsche, Honda, Nissan and countless others. The Audi team at McKinney & Silver just got back from scouting it.
"The landscape is simple, the roads are black, so from an art director's standpoint, it's really easy to work," said Bill Morden, the co-chief creative officer at the Troy, Mich., office of BBDO Worldwide, which creates commercials for DaimlerChrysler.
"People in the know go, oh, Mount Tam," said Gary Paticoff, executive producer at Rubin Postaer & Associates in Santa Monica, Calif., the agency that creates ads for American Honda Motor. "It's been shot in car ads for over 20 years."
Thomas Cordner Jr., the worldwide creative director on the Ford account at J. Walter Thompson, described the appeal: "It's got one of those brilliant pieces of roads."
see, also photos: http://www.davidsanger.com/stockimag...2-6.grassyhillhttp://enlightphoto.com/webpages/road1/road5_12.htm