Executive Package ($4,900 -- includes heated steering wheel, soft-close doors, active front seats, full LED lights, automatic high beams, head-up display, satellite radio, smartphone integration, BMW apps); Driver Assistance Package ($1,900 - includes lane departure warning, active blind spot detection, side and top view cameras)
Twin-turbocharged V8, gasoline with auto-stop/start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
560 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
500 @ 1,500
Seven-speed automated manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
One of the more difficult-to-access launch control systems. Involves holding the console shift lever forward, setting the rpm and then pressing a couple buttons. Quickest time came with a 3,300-rpm launch and no wheelspin off the line. Shifts very quickly, but the engine sounds tinny -- not very mean or V8-like. Launch control is very rpm dependent, but it's easy to get too much wheelspin.
Moderately firm pedal with short travel. Very little nosedive. Car stayed completely straight and secure every time. First stop was longest at 112 feet. Fifth stop (out of 6) was the shortest at 108 feet. Almost zero noise from ABS system or tires.
Skid pad: Set steering to Sport Plus, suspension to Sport Plus. Car stays incredibly flat and there's plenty of grip, but you really have little idea what is going on with the front tires. ESC is not very intrusive and even erractic at times when it comes to intervening. Slalom: Fairly frustrating car here. Very big and wide, making it had to judge where the cones are. Car has some real ability, but because there's so little feel through the tires/steering wheel, it's hard to find its limits. Best time came with steering and suspension set to comfort, which makes it less frantic and easier to control on the edge.