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      05-21-2021, 11:06 AM   #1
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I spent a half day at an M Car Control event in NJ. I was able to get seat time in both the M3 Competition and the M4 Competition going through some performance maneuvers and then some timed autocross. I'd say total seat time was somewhere in the 30 minute range after all the prep sessions and swapping in and out of the vehicles.

I have the following spec on order with a Week 26 build date:

M3 Competition
AW/Full KO
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Carbon Bucket
Carbon Exterior
Extended Shadowline
Red Calipers


This event was the first time I've seen the car in person...


Exterior Impressions

This car looks great in all the colors that were at the event. The configurator doesn't really do any of them justice in my opinion. I was really impressed with SPY and nearly grabbed the phone to change my spec (didn't end up doing it in the end).

The car has an impressive presence. Strong and aggressive.

Interior Impressions

Leather: I sat in KO, YMB, and Black. All three were great. They also had Silverstone but I wasn't in that vehicle.

Seats: I really wanted to sit in the carbon buckets since I ordered them and was fortunate enough to ride in them for my entire seat time. They're really great and I'm so happy I ordered them. In the limited seat time I had I'm of the opinion they were more comfortable than my current F98 Comp. Getting in and out is a bit tricky but worth it for me.

Trim: Carbon fiber everywhere and it was great.

Driving Impressions

Grinning ear to ear the entire time. Strong engine response. Impressive breaks (yes they were carbon ceramic - no I didn't order them). Grip was excellent and each car I was in had the P0s. I'd be happy with them on my car and I'm sure that's what I'll end up with. From the limited time I had with them they were predictable and I wasn't feeling like I had a lack of traction that I didn't induce myself.

Overall a great experience. Some photos of what was there are included. Now I need to wait (the hardest part)...
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      05-21-2021, 11:37 AM   #2
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Agree with all the points here. I decided against SPY and IOMG because I thought it would be too loud and obnoxious, but in person they look so good.
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When was this, only if I have known about this event, I live only 20 mins away!! (shhh, I am a Jets season ticket holder!) Can you tell me if they are going to have another one soon or where I can find out more info? Thanks!
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When was this, only if I have known about this event, I live only 20 mins away!! (shhh, I am a Jets season ticket holder!) Can you tell me if they are going to have another one soon or where I can find out more info? Thanks!
Oh no! Sorry you missed it. I'm signed up for BMW marketing emails and such so they emailed me about it. I don't think there's anything else upcoming in NJ. This crew and fleet travel to roughly 30 stops a year.

Here's the link I used: https://udenewjersey.eventsbmw.com/?token=NotifyMeNJ

There's also a link for an upcoming Philly autocross in the M440 if you're interested: https://udephiladelphia.eventsbmw.co...en=NotifyMePHL
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I love every aspect of the G80 (accept the front you know what) & that IOM green is awesome.
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IOMG exterior color continues to impress me. So vivid and distinctive. Nice pics - thanks for sharing!
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I see all the UDE cars have the buckets and carbon ceramics
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I only did the regular autocross (in the m440) which was fun, but the M experience looked like a blast. Only found out about it a few days prior so took what I could get! Definitely want to sign up for next time. I'm surprised dealers don't advertise this at all.
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Nice write-up!!!
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      05-25-2021, 03:24 PM   #10
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I see all the UDE cars have the buckets and carbon ceramics
All had the ceramics. I'd say just over half had the carbon buckets.
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When was this, only if I have known about this event, I live only 20 mins away!! (shhh, I am a Jets season ticket holder!) Can you tell me if they are going to have another one soon or where I can find out more info? Thanks!
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Philadelphia is the next closet event. Google BMW UDE
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Thanks for sharing, looks like it was a fun event!
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Great thread, thank you for sharing!
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Philadelphia is the next closet event. Google BMW UDE
I looked it up and all Philly, DC and Boston events show
"Hour and a half of BMW Professional Driving Instruction in the BMW M440i xDrive Coupe."
None of them say anything about M3/M4... do I assume the M3s/M4s will be there?
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Talking about waiting aford for your build, I have been waiting for over 1 yr for the G83 to be officially announced after my 2021 F83 options was affected by the COVID factory shutdown that I declined to take delivery. Otherwise, great write up. 👍
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Talking about waiting aford for your build, I have been waiting for over 1 yr for the G83 to be officially announced after my 2021 F83 options was affected by the COVID factory shutdown that I declined to take delivery. Otherwise, great write up. 👍
Wow. That's quite a long time!
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SPY with all black interior looks great.
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Philadelphia is the next closet event. Google BMW UDE
I looked it up and all Philly, DC and Boston events show
"Hour and a half of BMW Professional Driving Instruction in the BMW M440i xDrive Coupe."
None of them say anything about M3/M4... do I assume the M3s/M4s will be there?
That's correct. The M Control session was a separate registration and specifically identified the M3 and M4. It was also a paid session as part of the overall event.
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How you guys register to those M sessions? I got only the invite for the M440
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Talking about waiting aford for your build, I have been waiting for over 1 yr for the G83 to be officially announced after my 2021 F83 options was affected by the COVID factory shutdown that I declined to take delivery. Otherwise, great write up. 👍
Wow. That's quite a long time!
After I posted this, BMW finally dropped the official G83. SOP has been moved back from July to September. 1st world problems.
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Talking about waiting aford for your build, I have been waiting for over 1 yr for the G83 to be officially announced after my 2021 F83 options was affected by the COVID factory shutdown that I declined to take delivery. Otherwise, great write up. 👍
Wow. That's quite a long time!
After I posted this, BMW finally dropped the official G83. SOP has been moved back from July to September. 1st world problems.
True first world problems indeed. Quite a long wait but I'm sure it'll be worth it. Hang in there!
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