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      12-06-2020, 03:30 PM   #1
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Official Bernina Grey Amber Effect Thread

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I didn't see any threads on the Bernina Grey, so I figured I'd open one for the people that are on the fence with this color. The amber effect does give it a fairly brown/amber undertone in certain lighting situations...

I'm coming out of a Bluestone 5 series. The bluestone is more cool blue/grey. Bernina is more brown.

The M550i is a beast. As expected, gas mileage is fairly low in the city with spirited driving, but I'm impressed with highway mpg. I'm getting about 26 mpg, which is not bad for a car with so much power. The suspension is by far the most compliant I've had, even though I had the DHP on other models. Mine came with the Pirelli P7 All Seasons, as I really don't take advantage of the "performance" set, and I prefer having a square setup which can be rotated. They also tend to last about 20k miles, which is way better than what I was able to get out of the staggered sets in the past.

Interior is the same as prior 5s I've had except this has the ID7, which I was used to from my wife's X5. Overall a nice upgrade, but there's nothing really earth shattering.

I've coded NGHB and LVD and a bunch of other settings already. Seems the active driving pro is slightly better than the prior gen.

I threw some 303 Graphene on there too. Pretty easy to apply. Doesn't really make the car very slick to the touch but it looks good and it'll protect it for a few months at least.

Also installed my Max 360c and Blackvue cameras in there. Very happy with the result as it looks very clean. The 360c is wired to the mirror with a mirror tap and it's on a Blendmount mirror mount. The Blackvue cameras you can't see since it's hidden behind the mirror. SunPass transponder was painted black and it's on the right side of the windshield, once again out of my view.

Tints are 5% all around. 3M Ceramic. Clarity is very good. They have a slight brownish undertone as well, so incidentally they do match the paint in certain lighting conditions. I think they match the car very well, especially with the black rims and shadowline package.

The matte ash wood is also nice. I'm surprised that a lot more dealers don't order it on their cars. When I was making the decision to order I couldn't find one that had it so I could take a look at. It does have a hint of blue, but it's awesome at not being reflective and not picking up fingerprints. I also got the Alcantara headliner and really like it.

I also installed the floating center caps (OEM).

Overall, very happy with the way everything turned out. I probably should have gone with the ceramic controls, maybe in the next one...
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      12-06-2020, 08:36 PM   #2
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Looks good!!
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      12-07-2020, 03:09 AM   #3
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Wow stunning color, also the alcantara roof looks awesome.
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      12-07-2020, 05:58 AM   #4
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That. Looks. Awesome!.

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      12-08-2020, 04:51 AM   #5
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Looks fantastic! Will definitely take mine with those wheels (if I go for 530/540 and not m340i). Black wheels look bigger than their size! With them no need to go to 20 inches, still looks good and still rides good!
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      12-08-2020, 07:44 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

Yes, the wheels are 19". I didn't want the 20" since they don't come in black and really wanted the black/grey look. As mentioned above, I usually spec it with all-seasons since they tend to last longer and you have the possibility of rotating them. The black rims tend to blend in with the tire a lot more and give the optical illusion they are bigger than they really are.

For those interested, the tire protectant I'm using is Optimum Tire Shine, double layered. It gives it a nice shine without being too glossy. Lasts a lot longer compared to what I've used in the past too...

Ride quality is pretty good on the 19" which is probably also helped by the suspension.

Overall, I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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Love mine in Bernina, it's a great color and it changes depending on lighting.
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      12-10-2020, 03:17 PM   #8
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It's amazing how different rims make such a great difference.
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Definitely on the fence.

Iím at the end of lease on my 2018 5 series which is bluestone metallic with night blue Dakota and am considering the Bernina Grey. Any suggestions would be welcome!
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Ordered Bernina sight unseen. Definitely more than satisfied with my choice. Lots of compliments around town. With the sun shining you really see the amber affect. Waited a long 3 months from order to delivery, well worth it. So happy with my vehicle.
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      12-23-2020, 08:33 PM   #11
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Only time I saw Bernina before I ordered it was on a 7 series. It really does change a lot with sunlight.

I do believe it's one of the nicest "standard" colors that BMW currently has... glad I ordered it.
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Definitely a great choice in color. Also bought it sight unseen.
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Picked up my 540 few days ago. Will be getting 30 percent tints next week
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Looking good, the LCI really help the G30.
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Nice. Love the color
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stunning color!
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Figured I'd add our 540 as well. Ordered took ~4 weeks
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Just picked up my Bernina M550i yesterday! Was originally going to do a custom build with either Alpine White or Bernina Grey. My broker found me this one specced EXACTLY how I would build it if I went with Bernina, so I jumped on it. I absolutely LOVE the color. It really does change depending on the lighting.
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That looks like proper BMW. They (BMW) can when they want.
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The new nardo grey
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