First, do European delivery. This car was meant to take to the 'ring, drive on the autobahn and tour the Bavarian Alps. A true Jekyll and Hyde car. 6 speed man., 220m wheels, tech pack. Did not get the zcp comp. Pack. Amazing sounds and performance at higher rpms. Not a torque monster (it's normally aspirated after all) but the rush you get over 4,500 rpm is just amazing. Keep rpm down and it drives nicely and, considering it's a v8, does okay mileage-wise on the highway. Dial edc to comfort and it's a nice sporty ride. Go to sport, push the car, and it shows its other side. Carves like a knife. Incredibly composed either way.
-That normally aspirated V8... -Seats are perfectly bolstered; -Nice clutch feel -- firm but not heavy; -idrive is much improved from previous versions; -I honestly think that this is one of the nicest riding BMWs you can get. Amazing for an M car; -And did I mention that glorious V8?
-Steering can feel a bit too boosted. -Gearbox throw is a bit longish. -If you like the ZCP wheels and want a slight (10 MM) drop, get ZCP comp. package. While it would cost more than current ZCP, if BMW offered comp. pack w upgraded brakes and short shift kit I would have popped for it.