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      10-24-2021, 08:14 PM   #1
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This has been a dream in the making ever since I learned that BMW was going to make an all-wheel drive M3. So needless to say, I'm pretty excited about what the coming years with this car will tell.

First I'll get the formalities out of the way and give you the spec's:

As the title says, '22 G80, Competition xDrive
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** Modifications - Carbon Fiber seat backs, spacers front and back, hard-wired radar, Dr. Beasley ceramic coat, painted reflector set, CG Precision VSC-2 exhaust valve controller, 20% tint (sides and rear), M puddle lights. Not installed yet; I also have AST lowering springs and a RaceChip (waiting for break-in), black and silver carbon hood and trunk badges **

This is my 3rd generation M3, starting with the E36 (amazingly balanced and fun car), to my more recently F80 Competition with DCT. I'm not going to bother to try and compare this to the E36, besides I owned that car over 20 years ago. Compared to the F80 though, this car exudes confidence. The F80 always had that twitchiness to it, and the shifts snapped hard. The G80, especially in this AWD feels more planted, the shifts are fast (I can't tell a difference in speed of shifts), but the G80 shifts are very smooth compared to the F8x. I've also thought the F8x had a tidge of turbo lag, which even my wife's X3Mc has. There is NO turbo lag in the G80, but of course you then loose that snap feeling the F8x has around 3k RPM's...but the G80 just pulls.

I've even had the luxury of jumping in and out of my friends F82, to do this comparison.

That doesn't mean the G80 is better or the F8x is worse, it's just different. The F8x with it's unsettled rear, definitely brings some excitement that I don't feel with the G80. On the other hand, I really feel I can push this G80 more than I ever could the F8x. An interesting fact I learned about this xDrive is that in most cases when turning the AWD system will slow down in the inside wheel, but in this xDrive, they speed UP the outside wheel. I know this next comment is subjective, but I swear you can feel it. There's an element of pull vs. push that you can subtly feel in this car.

For the record, I never felt the ride in the F8x was harsh, I actually quite liked it, and I feel the same way about the G80, contrary to the X3Mc which I really think BMW over did in an attempt to make the SUV more sporty (I can only drive that car in comfort).

So now for the photos!! BTW, I tried to take some from both sides so you could see how the color changes. Enjoy (sorry they are iPhone photos). The photos are unedited and I have to say the red looks WAY more vibrant in the photos than in person.

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It’s magnificent. I ordered the Fiona red also. What are your thoughts on it? Do you really love it? I can’t believe how awesome your paint looks man. Really well done.
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It's magnificent. I ordered the Fiona red also. What are your thoughts on it? Do you really love it? I can't believe how awesome your paint looks man. Really well done.
I do like it, my X5M before this car had it as well, so I had some experience with it.

Yeah, the frozen dark gray works really well with the red accents and the carbon fiber bits.
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Wow! I can't wait to get my FDG! I went with fjord blue interior. Did you PPF your car?
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Wow! I can't wait to get my FDG! I went with fjord blue interior. Did you PPF your car?
I considered fjord blue, I think that'll look great as well! For now I've only ppf'd the entire hood and front bumper.
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I considered fjord blue, I think that'll look great as well! For now I've only ppf'd the entire hood and front bumper.
Thanks! Your car is coming together! I look forward to more pictures! All the best.
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What size spacers did you get? Are the carbon fiber seat backs from Ind? Congratulations beautiful spec. I have the same car on order, but with Portimao and full Tartufu.
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What size spacers did you get? Are the carbon fiber seat backs from Ind? Congratulations beautiful spec. I have the same car on order, but with Portimao and full Tartufu.
Right now I went 10mm rear and 12.5mm front. I tried 12.5mm rear but didn't like the mild poke.

I'll have to see if all this changes post the drop.

Oh and I'm running Michelin's.

Yes, seat backs are from IND.
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What size spacers did you get? Are the carbon fiber seat backs from Ind? Congratulations beautiful spec. I have the same car on order, but with Portimao and full Tartufu.
Right now I went 10mm rear and 12.5mm front. I tried 12.5mm rear but didn't like the mild poke.

I'll have to see if all this changes post the drop.

Oh and I'm running Michelin's.

Yes, seat backs are from IND.
The seat backs look amazing. I plan on buying them for my car too. When are you installing the lowering springs? I would interested in how it drives compared to stock. I may buy the same springs or KW has.
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The seat backs look amazing. I plan on buying them for my car too. When are you installing the lowering springs? I would interested in how it drives compared to stock. I may buy the same springs or KW has.
Install, Hopefully this weekend…we'll see. There are many others on the forums here that have them installed and love them.
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Drool, drool, my dream spec. Congrats! Is the PPF noticeable or only if u look for it?
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Congrats, great spec!

Are the front reflectors painted from IND? They don't look to be a perfect match to the car.
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Congrats, great spec!

Are the front reflectors painted from IND? They don't look to be a perfect match to the car.
They are, and they do seem a bit darker…I haven't reached out to them to discuss though, I'll inquire, I'm sure it'll be fine.
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Drool, drool, my dream spec. Congrats! Is the PPF noticeable or only if u look for it?
If I didn't tell you, you wouldn't know. But to me, it does add a bit more sheen.
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Congrats, great spec!

Are the front reflectors painted from IND? They don't look to be a perfect match to the car.
They are, and they do seem a bit darker…I haven't reached out to them to discuss though, I'll inquire, I'm sure it'll be fine.
Wasn't sure if it was just the photos playing tricks or if it was that way in person as well.

I'm sure they'll make it right once you reach out to them.

Hoping my Twilight Purple ones are a pretty close match. 🤞
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Simply awesome - can't wait to pick my FDG G80CX up later this week.
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Man don't make me change my order back to FDG!!! Looks amazing!
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Drool, drool, my dream spec. Congrats! Is the PPF noticeable or only if u look for it?
If I didn't tell you, you wouldn't know. But to me, it does add a bit more sheen.
Matte or transparent PPF? Thanks…
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Satin (like matte)
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Satin (like matte)
Xpel? Or other? I am planning to PPF the entire car. This is one thing I worry about.
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They are, and they do seem a bit darker…I haven't reached out to them to discuss though, I'll inquire, I'm sure it'll be fine.
Are they frozen deep grey?
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Are they frozen deep grey?
that's what I'm thinking... I'll get in touch with IND now that i have the photos. They are super easy to install, so i'm not too worried getting it sorted.
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