Nice to hear from someone used to old BMWs.
There's a lot to be said for removing a lot of weight above the front tires - that's probably what you liked so much about the 328i in terms of handling. The inline six, god bless it, is a heavy motor.
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." - Cherokee Expression