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      04-21-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Post M Specialist Training at BMW Performance Center. First F10 M5 Hotlaps (Video)

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Greetings to the M Community!!!

This past Monday and Tuesday, I went down to the Performance Center for the first time. I have been working for BMW for 9 years and I can certainly say it was worth the wait.

As of Tuesday, I am officially a BMW M Certified Sales Consultant!

I know Ryan and Jimmy (Golffer) had their trip in January. I was suppose to attend the same time they did but I came down with the flu the night before.

The day consisted of class room training but the most important thing was...track time!

The morning started off by the drivers giving us some hot laps in the X6 M and..... (I will let you wait until the end for the other vehicle)

We then proceed to the wet track where we took E92/E90 M3's and took the DSC off and raced around to see who could not spin the tires and win. I think I want to wet down the street and practice! HAHA

The most fun was the 1M Rat Race. Cones were set up around the track and it was timed to see how fast this could get done. My best time was 24.90. The 1M is the most enjoyable car I have ever driven.

The day wrapped up with the drivers having us "drive the cars as hard and fast as we can" around the track. The cars were X5M/X6M, M3 Coupe/Sedan, CTS V, and MB C63 Coupe. Now where are my thoughts on the cars:

M3 Sedan/Coupe - I have a new appreciation for the cars I own and sell. This was by FAR the best car out of the bunch to drive. The car felt normal and controllable around the track. No matter how hard I pushed it; the car knew where it wanted to go.

X5M - Amazingly impressed with this. The X5 took turns extremely well and was well balanced. I prefer this over the X6.

X6M - I liked the cockpit of the this because it felt like a space ship however I liked the X5M better.

CTS-V - This car is something I would like to call a SLV - Straight Line Vehicle!!!! As soon as you take the car into a corner; she's all over the place. Also the brakes did not seem strong enough for the car. I felt as if I had to put my foot to the floor to get the most "bite" out of the brakes.

C63 AMG - Sounds AWESOME for a car with a stock exhaust and the reason is one word...Eisenmann. Some of you may not know but Eisenmann makes the exhaust for AMG cars. Andrew@IND can help make your M3 sound like that! LOL The car has a very nice interior and the CF was a nice touch. The MSRP of the car was around $76,500!!!! Here are my qualms with the car. First the seats! These seats are designed for someone that weighs 150 pounds, not 200 +. They are tight and on a long drive are uncomfortable. I thought the ride was firmer then my ZCP M3. I didn't like the look of the AMG simply because it looked much like a C Coupe. A rear diff was a $2,250 option and the same price for CF Interior trim, ouch!

I am very partial to BMW but I do respect and admire the competition. I like to say, what they do well BMW does brilliantly. I recommend the BMW M Driving School to everyone. This is something that I will be looking into. I will post up a video of a "hot lap" in an E60 M5 I went up for a ride in.




Now for the suprise. My class was the first class to get driven in the new 2012 F10 M5!!!!!!!! We did a few laps around the test track and of course; I have some video!!!!!!!!!! I will let you watch to see the speed/gear we were in. This car is something that is not to mess with. The power, sound, balance, shifting, all show what massive improvements have been made!




I know can honestly say the Performance Center is the best way to take delivery of your BMW. The show that BMW puts on is subpar to none! I recommend everyone to go and see what the "show" is all about!




Here's photos of the F10 M5 showing up at the Performance Center, taken by Palbay, most likely headed for One Lap of America as previously announced.

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awesome, i need 2 do this ASAP!! congrats on officially becomin an m certified sales consultant!
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      04-23-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thank you!!! I am amazed that NO ONE commented on the Hot Laps I took video of in the 2012 F10 M5! LOLOL
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saw both vids, wasn't really surprised by wut a beast the f10 m5 is.
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very nice braddah! sorry I didn't comment earlier I was gone all weekend, just got home

Im so jelly you got to roll with the M5! glad you got to experience everything buddy and thanks for posting everything up
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Yea, it was awesome! A beast isn't the word for the new F10 M5. I was thinking more like cheetah! LMAO
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I will be doing this over ED
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bmw1986 I gotta question for you bout ED pricing, im gonna pm you
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Great!
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Wow, my chest was pounding watching the F10. Ive owned half a dozen BMWs but have never heard of Performance Center delivery until right now. Off to research that.
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Wow, my chest was pounding watching the F10. Ive owned half a dozen BMWs but have never heard of Performance Center delivery until right now. Off to research that.

Here's something I posted yesterday in response to another member's inquiry regarding Performance Center Delivery.

Here's the official info on BMW Performance Center Deliver (be sure to read the FAQ).

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ryProgram.aspx

In BMW's words:

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When you order your new BMW, consider taking delivery at the BMW Performance Center... at no extra cost. From the moment you arrive in Greenville, South Carolina you will be immersed in the BMW culture. You and your companion are picked up in a BMW and transported to a first-class hotel where you can expect nothing but VIP treatment. A delicious dinner for two and an overnight stay that evening is provided. And, after breakfast the following morning, the hotel transports you to the Performance Center to begin your Ultimate Delivery Experience.

Have you ever wondered what a BMW is really capable of? Well, your delivery includes time behind the wheel of a BMW similar to the one you purchased. On our course along with one of our professional driving instructors, a better understanding and appreciation of the dynamic capabilities of your new BMW will be gained.

Located close by, the BMW Zentrum museum and Manufacturing facility can be visited. Here you can tour these facilities and witness first-hand the craftsmanship that makes BMW's world-renowned for their premium quality. From airplane engines to James Bond's car, the museum contains the exciting history of BMW.
And here's some nice Performance Center Delivery journals from our members:

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=559225
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=558653
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=543511
http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487024
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Definitely going to consider Performance Center Delivery. Hopefully they'll have a bunch of F10 M5s by then for the track fleet. Would be fun to flog it on their performance course and track.

Thanks for the video. Cant wait to feel that crazy acceleration personally.
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Thanks for sharing and posting - great reviews!
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Loving the sound, thanks
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Sorry for the people who love/own the F10 M5, but the old one seemed to be tons more playful and raw. The new one looks rather numming and boring.
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Sorry for the people who love/own the F10 M5, but the old one seemed to be tons more playful and raw. The new one looks rather numming and boring.
Sure it might be more playful on a track but most M5 owners don't ever sniff a track with their cars and the F10 M5 is undisputedly the better overall package now in terms of serving the dual roles of being a great comfortable daily driver and a potential track car.
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great post!
you say the M3 was by far the best car to drive, and the M1 was the most enjoyable car to drive.
in comparison, where does that leave the M5 you had a ride in?
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Interesting that you called the 1M the most fun car you've ever driven and then picked the M3 as the best of the bunch (or was that not including the 1M)? I know several comparisons have been written already, but I'm curious how you compare them?
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I saw this car when I was there! Donnie there said it was one of only two that were in the U.S. Obviously, I was a little more than excited to see it.
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Congrats M consultant! Dream title/job for sure!

That clip of the F10 M5 makes me so unpatient for tomorrow! I got a ring-taxi ride planned and can't wait to finally feel the difference between e60 M5 and e70 x5M with this car!
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Congrats M consultant! Dream title/job for sure!

That clip of the F10 M5 makes me so unpatient for tomorrow! I got a ring-taxi ride planned and can't wait to finally feel the difference between e60 M5 and e70 x5M with this car!
Wooo m5 ring taxi! Take some video and let us know your impressions. Have fun!
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Great video and report. One thing worth mentioning though, IMHO. Having recently done performance center delivery (after a Euro delivery) of an M3 Cabrio, I think it's important to point out to those who say that "now I want to do performance center delivery!" that the standard performance center delivery is -not- the same as what you're reporting/showing.

It's very well worth it (although, again IMHO, nowhere even approaching the fun of Euro delivery (and I did mine in winter-- not always ideal)-- but it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience) and it's a great intro to your car, but the actual track time is quite limited compared to my read of what's described in the OP here.

Not that I would think it reasonable to expect M-specialist training to not be much more extensive than a regular delivery at performance center-- just don't want folks to expect far more than they get..

Again, should you do PCD? YES! But if I had it to do all over again, I'd do regular delivery and then take a full day M-school at performance center to get some real time behind the wheel. YMMV!
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