M3 owner and CTS-V’s challenger, Michael Cooper, visits BMWNA

Interesting | December 12th, 2009 by 14
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Weeks ago, GM’s former vice-chairman Bob Lutz threw a challenge at everyone interested to compete against the Cadillac CTS-V. Car owners, journalists or anyone interested …

Weeks ago, GM’s former vice-chairman Bob Lutz threw a challenge at everyone interested to compete against the Cadillac CTS-V. Car owners, journalists or anyone interested on taking on the CTS-V, were invited on the New York’s Monticello Motor Club track.

BMW M3 owner and 21 year old driver, Michael Cooper, defeated the CTS-V driven by Lutz, with an impressive 2:50:424 lap time. Impressed with his driving skills, BMW North America invited Michael to their Woodcliff Lake, NJ, headquarters for a meet-and-greet with Eric Riehle, BMW Performance brand manager, and Larry Koch, M Brand Manager.

Michael received a tour of the facilities and was presented with a BMW Performance Multifunction Steering Wheel. While the BMW Performance Steering Wheel was installed by BMW NA Accessory Development Engineers Jameon Cropper and Christian Gomez, Michael and Eric took a test drive in the company’s BMW Performance-enhanced 335i Sedan featuring Aero Kit, Power Kit, Exhaust System, Wheels, Short Shifter, Carbon Fiber / Alcantara Interior Trim, and of course a BMW Performance Steering Wheel.

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From left: Eric Riehle (BMW Performance brand manager) greets Michael Cooper at the BMW of North America Headquarters.

“I’m excited to present the BMW Performance Steering Wheel to someone who can truly appreciate its high tech features,” said Eric Riehle, BMW Performance brand manager. “This product is a must-have item for any motorsport enthusiast seeking that extra edge. Michael is exactly the type of client for which BMW engineered this product.”

In regards to his driving skills in the recent GM’s challenge, Larry Koch, M Brand Manager, BMW of North America said: “I was not surprised to see young upstart Michael Cooper putting away even an experienced jet-jockey like Bob Lutz at the track. Michael’s M3 Sedan is a car that will make the most of any driver’s skill, and Michael deserves recognition for his focus and consistency behind the wheel.”

And we have to agree with Mr. Koch, the M3 Sedan truly is a driver’s car. Once again congratulations Michael for the impressive performance and thanks BMWNA for acknowledging us, the BMW community.

14 responses to “M3 owner and CTS-V’s challenger, Michael Cooper, visits BMWNA”

  1. Steve Tenney says:

    Nice work Michael. I saw some of the show on Speed yesterday. Heinracy is no slouch with plenty of laps at various courses around the world and in professional race series. Johnny OConnell is a predictable ringer.

  2. Babken says:

    If driven right the M3 has no competitors at all.

  3. Giom says:

    A vavery nice gesture from BMW NA. And well done to Michael.

  4. :p says:

    M3 Coupe is completly defeated by the Nissan GTR. 0-60 in 2.9 seconds with launch control. Thats is almost as fast as the bugatti.

    • Doug says:

      Where do you get 2.9 seconds from? It’s normally sub-4 seconds, and on a good day the right car will get 3.2, AFAIK. Being handbuilt, they vary in performance car to car, so …. 2.9 sounds like it’s been cherry picked and tuned.

      Anyway, it’s much faster but since you’re comparing it to BMW, track times have to be compared, not just linear speed.

    • Alvin Wong says:

      The M3 isn’t even designed to compete with the GT-R. What a useless comparison.

      • :p says:

        It wasnt a comparison. It was a statement. I am hoping that the next M3 can enter the mid 3 second territory without jacking up the price and the fuel thirst.

  5. lennardt says:

    Nissan GTR ist totally defeated by GD F16. it’s topspeed is more than five times higher than GTR! :-P

    • :p says:

      F16 is a jet fighter, not a car. The GTR is the fastest factory spec V6 Car in the world. Holds 4 people which isnt common for cars this fast. It is also the cheapest car that can run 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds. $80,000. It may not look as nice as a European Car but it is certainly a fastest sub 100 grand car

  6. brian says:

    Look ! Even BMW HQ goes for aftermarket front bumper relectors. Is that car titanium silver ? I don’t see a hint of the silverstone II blue hue

  7. Anon says:

    The silver car (I’m not sure the exact color, it certainly doesn’t appear to have much blue in it if it is Silverstone, and it’s not dark enough for Space Gray) is Michaels, BMW didn’t go for different reflectors. The kidney grills are blacked out and it looks like the tail lights are smoked as well. Very nice looking car.

    Congrats to Michael, way to put the CTS-V in its place!

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