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      03-13-2021, 01:32 PM   #1
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Picked up a HEA spec G80 M3. Sapphire Black on Kyalami.

Background: I've owned 4 E9X M3's, an F90 M5, an F85 X5M and now this. I sold the F90 after 4~ weeks because I didn't feel connected to the car, the straight line power was epic. I also did this same drive home in that car (that I did with the G80), nowhere near as exciting as doing it with the G80. I sold the F85 after 3~ months because I realized that I hate SUV's and don't want to buy another one until I have kids. I skipped the F M3 platform altogether so I can't compare this apple to that orange. My favorite BMW is still the E9X M3. Something about that 8,400 redline on a car that has styling that was which looked new back then and still looks new today 14 years later.

G80: car is epic, the power across the band is very consistent. No jerking at low speeds (E90 M3) and no neck breaking shift delays at high speeds (E60 M5). It handled the mountains very well. You can definitely feel that this car is a new generation of M car that BMW is introducing to go into a broader market, which makes sense at the price point increase we've seen.

I took it to 'exhilarating' speeds a lot of times and it wants to keep giving. I'm not sure if there's a governor or I would simply start braking because of a twisty coming up.

I didn't feel as if the Sport Plus chassis setting 'turned on' until the car had a couple hundred km on it. After that, absolutely epic. I love the feeling of going through the mountain roads and a car not acting like a boat on bumps and dips. Don't put your M settings into MDM if you want to pump this car red light to red light, it won't put the power down. Not sure if it's because the tires were still brand new or it'll be like that going forward. I didn't put MDM back on to find out after the first couple of tries. Once it's been out on the track I'll see what it can do there with MDM.

Exhaust note, 100% disappointing. I'll rectify this with 200cel downpipes unless somebody ends up cracking the uncrackable at the same time catless downpipes are released. For those of you (read: me) that have heard the F90 revving and thought BMW might bring a tamer version of that over to this car, with 2 less cylinders, you'd be wrong.

The interior on this car is epic. Very well laid out as usual with M3's. Kyalami full is beautiful. After hours and hours of driving with only 1 stop, I wasn't sore and didn't wish the seats were any comfier. Although, I do have a high tolerance for being uncomfortable so it may be different for most.

Boot space = so so. If you've got 2 kids and a spouse, you won't be fitting a weeks worth of luggage in there.

There's more I can add. Not sure what people want to know though as they wait for their cars. If you have any questions, let me know.

Onto the pics...
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      03-13-2021, 01:42 PM   #2
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      03-13-2021, 02:51 PM   #3
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Nice write up thanks for sharing.
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      03-13-2021, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for the review, good to hear again that this doesn't drive like an M5 since we have some bitter propagandists alluding to that false claim ad nauseam..
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That’s a lot of epic

- Is the road noise acceptable for long road trips like this at hwy speeds with passengers?
Louder or similar to the F90?

- Is it a car you long to drive and can’t wait to get back into after a drive even if it’s just the daily commute?
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Please share your thoughts on the following:

1. Road/tire noise
2. Everyday ride comfort.

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Epic. Thanks for the review. As an ex e9x M3 owner, I enjoy the same things you would like in an M. Sounds like engine/chassis combo really stands out on this car. What did you think of the HK sound over long distance? What did you also think of the ZF8 gearbox?
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First of all, thank you for writing your impressions as soon as you could. That color combo looks fantastic. Congrats on the purchase. Given your 400km ride, I'm super curious about a few things that you haven't covered.

I had 2006 330i I had for 10yrs. E9X .. loved the thing. Was ready to buy an f80 in 2014 and test drive and hated it. Bought an m240i, had for 2yrs. It was alright but the body roll and crappy steering bugged me. now drive a 2020 X5..40i. I like it but it's good for family duties and not spirited driving. I haven't driven the M2C. Kids think it's just like my previous car and boring. I'm hoping to trade the X5 and get G80.

1) How do you compare this steering to the m2, if you have driven. Does it communicate? Not looking for feel, as long as it communicates. M240i was pretty muted.
2) Was yours the carbon seats?
3) what's your favorite part about the car?
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Great delivery thread. Thanks op and congrats.
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Someone needs to crack the 2021 BMW tuning enigma. I would add downpipes but not to, in turn, haves CEL on the entire time. What was the exhaust mod you referenced OP?

Appreciate your write up coming from an e9x owner.
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Picked up a HEA spec G80 M3. Sapphire Black on Kyalami.

Background: I've owned 4 E9X M3's, an F90 M5, an F85 X5M and now this. I sold the F90 after 4~ weeks because I didn't feel connected to the car, the straight line power was epic. I also did this same drive home in that car (that I did with the G80), nowhere near as exciting as doing it with the G80. I sold the F85 after 3~ months because I realized that I hate SUV's and don't want to buy another one until I have kids. I skipped the F M3 platform altogether so I can't compare this apple to that orange. My favorite BMW is still the E9X M3. Something about that 8,400 redline on a car that has styling that was which looked new back then and still looks new today 14 years later....

For those of you (read: me) that have heard the F90 revving and thought BMW might bring a tamer version of that over to this car, with 2 less cylinders, you'd be wrong.
Is the G80 nearly as engaging to drive as the E9X? Pls elaborate on the G8X vs the E9X; and the last highlighted sentence about the G8X with 2 less cylinders re the F90.
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Perfect way to take delivery of such a ride.
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Congrats! Looks so mean in black
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Where did you pick it up?
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Thank you for the feedback, I am between F90 LCI and the G80, can your please tell us more about the difference, I am coming from E92 so looking for something engaging on track day but I need a nice DD too. Thank you
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is that a BC highway? Coquihalla?

Pretty ballsy to drive that with summers at this time of year...
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Cool car! Is this BC/Squamish?
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Awesome color combination
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Great delivery report with pictures to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

About the exhaust ... what specifically do you find lacking?
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super cool!! congrats
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Great delivery report with pictures to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

About the exhaust ... what specifically do you find lacking?
Coming from an F90/F85 he'll probably need to re-calibrate his ears.

Thanks for sharing OP!
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