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      06-13-2017, 03:04 PM   #1
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US 2018 M550i Black Sapphire/Black Nappa/Piano Black pictures and mini-review

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Well, it's finally here. Pictures attached. As a previous F10, E60, E39, E34, and E28 owner (and also F06 and E30), I can say without reservation that this is a very impressive vehicle. It is understated, and a comfortable evolution from the F10. It "feels like" a 5 Series. Surprisingly, I feel my F10 535 M Sport "looks" a little more muscular from the rear, whereas the G30 feels more muscular from the front. The side view is a wash to me, but the M rocker panel blades add a sporty touch. Even with 669M 20" wheels with 245/35-20 front and 275/30-20 rear, they look a bit small for this vehicle and the stock offset ends up setting the wheels in a bit inside the fenderwell (could use 10mm+ spacers for those so inclined).

The active steering is surprising, but in a good way. The intelligent driving aids are also incredible: I drove across town several times using almost nothing but active cruise control, and pressing the Resume button if stopped for a longer period. iDrive is very functional and a significant improvement over the older iterations, but easy to get used to in a day or so from previous versions. Touch screen is welcome, but I find the iDrive controller suitable for all tasks. One of the better vehicle telematics systems (behind the newest Volvo offerings in this area in my opinion, e.g. on 2016 XC90, but still excellent).

The exhaust note on acceleration and normal driving is much quieter than expected. The V8 rumble is there, but it's not overbearing and not extremely obvious. I was hoping it was a bit louder, to be honest. Active Sound in Sport Plus mode is annoying (to me, but I understand why it's there), and I prefer the natural engine and exhaust sounds in Comfort mode. I have to say, I wish it was louder and that the V8 reminded me it was there. But then, I also wish I had a pure manual transmission, too. C'est la vie! [Edit: I chose to conduct a quick mod to keep the exhaust flaps open, resulting in better sound.]

The BMW Connected app has come a ways from its inception, but I don't see myself using it a lot. The Display Key will need a case because it definitely feels like it is waiting to be dropped, scratched, or otherwise destroyed. I may use one of the "normal" keys (it came with 2 plus the Display Key) on a routine basis. As an aside, Remote Parking cannot be used as a "back door" to remote start the vehicle, as you need to be too close to start it (closer than you'd usually be to the vehicle when parked outside). Remote Parking itself is very interesting, but I have no applications for it myself.

It does have the auto open/close trunk, as expected for MY2018. I am disappointed that I could not get the full digital instrument cluster (6WB) and 668M wheels at the time I ordered. Note that while the window sticker does not show active steering as part of the Dynamic Handling Package, the vehicle definitely has it.

As someone who has owned all of the previous generations of 5 Series except E12, there really weren't any surprises for me. It's exactly what I expected an M Performance version of a 550 to be and that's all I hoped for. Overall very happy with the decision. If BMW keeps making vehicles like this, they'll keep people like me coming back to the 5 Series.

Previous thread.

Additional items installed:

- Black kidney grills (51712430993, 51712430994)
- Black finisher trim (51712431044, 51712431045)
- Black side vents (51747439013, 51747439014)
- Black front reflectors (IND Distribution)
- Window tint

Timeline:

16 MAY 16 Placed deposit with dealer for first G30 allocation (later decided on M550)
31 JAN 17 Ordered and received 14 APR 17 production week
13 FEB 17 US pricing received for vehicle
07 APR 17 Allocation confirmed
20 APR 17 Vehicle entered production (150)
08 MAY 17 Vehicle waiting for vessel (193)
16 MAY 17 Loaded on M/V SALOME with estimated US port arrival of 25 MAY 17
16 MAY 17 Vehicle appears on Wallenius Wilhelmsen tracking tool
17 MAY 17 Port ETA updated to 26 MAY 17
26 MAY 17 Discharged from M/V SALOME at Port of Baltimore (MD, US)
30 MAY 17 Received at Baltimore VPC for processing. (VPC ETD: 6/3, Dealer ETA: 6/5)
01 JUN 17 VPC work order started. (VPC ETD: 6/2, Dealer ETA: 6/5)
06 JUN 17 VPC work order completed. (Dealer ETA: 6/9)
06 JUN 17 Released to carrier Moore Transport. (Dealer ETA: 6/9)
08 JUN 17 Delivered from VPC. (Dealer ETA: 5/11)
09 JUN 17 Vehicle arrived at dealer.
12 JUN 17 Vehicle delivered.
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beautiful car. great choices you made on color/wheels/interior combo.

Did you not like the M badge on the trunk?
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Absolutely stunning......congrats!
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      06-13-2017, 03:40 PM   #5
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beautiful car. great choices you made on color/wheels/interior combo.

Did you not like the M badge on the trunk?
Thanks! Now to try to keep it clean... ;-)

I have always debadged; partly habit, I suppose. I like a cleaner look on the trunk lid.
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Beautiful G30!

Congrats.
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Congrats, thanks for providing these beautiful shots .Nothing is like black interior trim and must have for me ,your photographs are much appreciated
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Congrats, thanks for providing these beautiful shots .Nothing is like black interior trim and must have for me ,your photographs are much appreciated
Happy Driving
Thank you! The Piano Black definitely makes the interior for me...though I'll mention that the smooth finish definitely shows fingerprints!
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Wow! Maybe the G30 is starting to grow on me. She is a BEAUTY! Although I agree that the 20" look a little undersized, Well done!
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Thanks! Now to try to keep it clean... ;-)

I have always debadged; partly habit, I suppose. I like a cleaner look on the trunk lid.
Much better without the badges
Great accessories too. What a beauty!
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This thing looks amazing
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WICKED ride!!!!
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Looks great but no way would I debadge. I'd want people to know it's special. Maybe I'm shallow lol.
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Looks awesome all blacked out.
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Thanks! Now to try to keep it clean... ;-)

I have always debadged; partly habit, I suppose. I like a cleaner look on the trunk lid.
Beautiful car, really liking the look with the blades. I'm the same; much prefer the cleaner lines from removing the badges from the back, some of my mates thought I was mad de-badging an M4
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What a fantastic looking vehicle. Congratulations and enjoy it good health.
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Nice car, but 99k is in M5 territory.
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It looks very nice! Congrats
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Appreciate the early review on this. Congrats!!!
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Nice car, but 99k is in M5 territory.
Perhaps, but between corporate fleet and discounts, I didn't pay that. There is also a story behind the configuration:

I added all options (except night vision pedestrian detection) to see how the option codes broke out while doing research and to share on the forum during the ordering process. The vehicle entered production a week earlier than expected (the morning I was going to remove unwanted features, in fact), so the configuration was frozen. The 669M wheel set also added an inordinate amount (IMO) to the sticker price, considering the stock set is lost. (Note: the VPC is apparently launching a program to allow customers to keep stock wheel sets when an accessory set is installed at port.)

Between that, not really being able to wait for F90 M5, and the M550 ending up being a good "compromise" of sorts between the M5 and what I originally thought was going to be a non-M Performance 550, the M550 looked like a good option. I do agree that various F90 M5 configurations will probably be in this ballpark.
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