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Old 06-11-2013, 10:40 PM
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My New 2014 M6 Coupe - BMW Performance Center Delivery

Hey everyone, I have finally arrived home in NJ after driving back from South Carolina through NC, VA, MD, WV and PA last weekend. As I had indicated in previous posts on other threads, I planned to do the following over three consecutive days at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg and Greer, South Carolina, which I finally did last week:

Day 1 - One-Day BMW Performance Driving School

The program taught professional driving theory, including proper seat & mirror adjustment, accident avoidance maneuvers, panic breaking on wet and dry surfaces and ideal cornering skills. This was followed by hands-on practice driving BMW 1 & 3 Series on the track that included ultra slick skid pad, slalom course, and a timed autocross circuit. The Instructors communicated with all of us via a 2-way radio in each car. The day with beautiful weather, concluded with a really fast and exciting "hot lap" rice in an M3 coupe around the track to show us what a professional race-trained driver can really accomplish with these vehicles.

Day 2 - One Day M School
We repeated many of the classroom instruction and driving course exercises learned the day before and described above, but this time driving solo, at much higher speeds in completely factory stock 2013 M3's, M5's and M6's. The day was spent learning and practicing aggressive, high performance driving skills and techniques. The weather on this day was initially dry then torrential rain later, before clearing. Practicing driving fast on both a dry and a rain soaked track taught us about the capabilities and limits of these vehicles, as well as ourselves. The M3 was an absolute blast with "GoCart" sensations. The surprising sleeper for me was the M5... what a wonderful stealth performance vehicle! Finally, the M6 is the most attractive vehicle of the 3 cars to my eye, yet drives as the largest of the three since my visibility over its long hood makes you think you are driving a land speed boat.... All three M vehicles are special cars that give all of us enthusiasts multiple options to satisfy our dreams and desires where we can rationalize practicality vs. performance. Paper certificates and hats were awarded to each of us at the end of both days.

Day 3 – BMW Performance Center Delivery Program
The prior two days really got me primed and ready to take delivery of my new 2014 BMW M6 Coupe.
The day started with an abbreviated summary of classroom review of what was taught in more depth the prior two days. Then all of us who were taking delivery of a new BMWs that day were given the same BMW model as we were getting, to drive around the course and were encouraged to do so in a very "spirited" fashion, while listening to the Instructors comments on how we could improve our performance. This added exposure driving "someone elses" M6, using their tires, brakes, etc….... really allowed me to do things with this vehicle that I would be very reluctant to do to with my car. Ultimately, I now know most of the limits of the M6 as well as where my newly elevated comfort factor is in driving it. I had intentionally wanted to spend these two and a half days to receive instruction from professionals, then repeatedly practice driving so I could really learn how this car performs and how to improve my driving skills while driving it. This process "demystified" my curiosity of the car's performance capabilities so I am now far less inclined to do something really juvenile on public roadways…..... (well, that is the intention….....)

After lunch, which was quite good, provided by BMW each day in their central cafeteria area surrounding all of the very contemporary classrooms, each of us were directed to multiple BMW X5's to drive over their all-terrain course to experience how capable these vehicles really are in handling off-road conditions. Considering that the vast majority of X5 Owners extent of off-roading is driving onto to gravel driveway, this was a real eye-opener. After traversing this course we drove over to the BMW Zentrum Visitors Center and Museum for a very fascinating and educational tour.

Finally, back at the Performance Delivery Center, I was ushered to the sleek bay where I finally saw my new car. I configured my 2014 M6 Coupe to be Alpine White exterior and Sakhir Orange Full Leather interior. I also selected the following factory installed options: Driver Assistance Package; Executive Package, 20" M Light Alloy Wheels; and Bang & Olufsen Sound System. Seeing the car for the first time is truly worth waiting for with a real euphoric rush of excitement, a feeling that most of us remember as a young child on their birthday or Christmas morning….....

A BMW delivery specialist who was very knowledgeable about the vehicle guided me through a very thorough introductory review of all of the car's features and controls, as well as activating my Assist and SiriusXM satellite radio and installing my previously purchased iPhone cradle, as well as affixing my temporary license plate and state inspection sticker and E-ZPass electronic toll collector transmitter. Once all of this was completed, I loaded my luggage into the trunk and drove back over to the BMW Zentrum for a short photo shoot of the car with the dramatic architecture of the entrance to the museum in the background. Here are some photos….....
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:18 PM
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:35 PM
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:38 PM
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Congratulations! Sounds like you had a great time and your car is beautiful.
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That's a great looking car! Congrats.

It looks like you had a great time. So, how would you compare this experience to your last AMG delivery?
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M-B vs. BMW Vehicle Delivery - Thoughts

Jettie1767, swood0, dober1 and Dunderhi:

Thank you all for your nice comments.....

Dunderhi:
When I took delivery of my 2007 M-B ML63 AMG it was at my local NJ M-B Dealer.
While similarly exciting with the expected anticipation of getting a new car, in hindsight and by comparison to last week's delivery of my new BMW M6, it was not nearly as satisfying, nor as theatrical in a special way.

I think that 3 years from now, my wife and I will most likely travel to Germany during the summer months for a European Delivery of either a new BMW or Mercedes-Benz as part of a 2-week vacation in Europe. This is something we have planned to do eventually and look forward to that trip where we will benefit from the manufacturers 7% vehicle discount and other financial incentives for that option, as well as saving on the cost of having to get a rental car. Of course, whatever we get I will really look forward to driving it on the Autobahn....

At some point over the next 3 years, I will probably enroll in the M-B AMG Driving Course that is offered several times each year at about 3-4 tracks around the USA. It is the next logical step for me. But until then, I am really enjoying getting used to my new M6. It is a larger vehicle than I am used to, partially since I sit lower in it compared to all of my previous vehicles.

FYI - Last Sept. my wife and I traveled to Stuttgart, Germany as part of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America group trip and really enjoyed their extensive itinerary that included a tour the Mercedes-Benz factory, AMG Assembly Facility in Afelterbach, the M-B Museum, the Daimler Benz Museum and a number of other M-B related venues that included a tour of the M-B facility where people may take delivery of their new M-B vehicles. From what I saw there, compared to what I experienced at the BMW Performance Delivery Center in Greer, SC, as well as what I have heard and read about the BMW European Delivery process in Germany, I think that BMW has a leg up compared to Mercedes-Benz for making the delivery experience for the customer/purchaser much more special, exciting and memorable.
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Dunderhi:
When I took delivery of my 2007 M-B ML63 AMG it was at my local NJ M-B Dealer.
While similarly exciting with the expected anticipation of getting a new car, in hindsight and by comparison to last week's delivery of my new BMW M6, it was not nearly as satisfying, nor as theatrical in a special way.

I think that 3 years from now, my wife and I will most likely travel to Germany during the summer months for a European Delivery of either a new BMW or Mercedes-Benz as part of a 2-week vacation in Europe. This is something we have planned to do eventually and look forward to that trip where we will benefit from the manufacturers 7% vehicle discount and other financial incentives for that option, as well as saving on the cost of having to get a rental car. Of course, whatever we get I will really look forward to driving it on the Autobahn....

At some point over the next 3 years, I will probably enroll in the M-B AMG Driving Course that is offered several times each year at about 3-4 tracks around the USA. It is the next logical step for me. But until then, I am really enjoying getting used to my new M6. It is a larger vehicle than I am used to, partially since I sit lower in it compared to all of my previous vehicles.

FYI - Last Sept. my wife and I traveled to Stuttgart, Germany as part of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America group trip and really enjoyed their extensive itinerary that included a tour the Mercedes-Benz factory, AMG Assembly Facility in Afelterbach, the M-B Museum, the Daimler Benz Museum and a number of other M-B related venues that included a tour of the M-B facility where people may take delivery of their new M-B vehicles. From what I saw there, compared to what I experienced at the BMW Performance Delivery Center in Greer, SC, as well as what I have heard and read about the BMW European Delivery process in Germany, I think that BMW has a leg up compared to Mercedes-Benz for making the delivery experience for the customer/purchaser much more special, exciting and memorable.
We did a two week ED back in 2007 with an SL550. Yes, it was possible to put two weeks of luggage in an SL, but it required finding just the right luggage. Anyway, we had a blast and although the MB delivery center has now been out-done by the BMW Welt, we appreciated the extra MB perks such as a free transfers and the free night at the $500/night Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland. If I were to get an SLS or SLC in the future, I would do my best arm twisting to try to do an Affalterbach delivery.

As for the Autobahn, there's nothing like cruising at 155mph with the top down. Here's a link to my SL Album with some MB Delivery Center pics: SL550 Euro Delivery
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Hi everyone…

I now have about 1,600 miles on my new ’14 M6 Coupe.

Recently, I took it to my BMW Dealer for them to perform the necessary 1,200 Servicing of oil/filter change and engine software adjustment which essentially is “taking off the training wheels” , after my staying within the suggested performance parameters for the first 1,200 miles. Now the car is a real beast!

FYI - I have programed the M1 button for the automatic trans and the most comfortable and economical settings that I use for highway driving. I then set the M2 button for manual transmission and all top performance settings for suspension and steering.

My daily commute to work includes highway driving and passing through a total of five (5) toll booths, (coming and going…..). My usual routine when I am on the highway and then need to slow down to the required by law 15 mph as I enter 4 of the 5 of these traditional toll booths, where the toll is paid with the electronic E-ZPass transponder, I switch from M1 to M2 so I can get the wonderful thrill of powering out of the toll booth using the paddle shifters, having lowered both windows so I can also hear the glorious sound of the engine exhaust note during the acceleration. Just a little driving enthusiast gesture, but one that is most gratifying and entertaining for me.

Over the Independence Day Holiday weekend I plan to prepare and apply to the Alpine White body paint a high-tech protective and glossy polymer that should last from between 4-6 months. I will apply a similar but different appropriate protective product to the carbon fiber roof. I have done this for all of our cars for the past 6 years with excellent results.

Also, I am averaging about 15 MPG so far in my commute, which includes both highway and city driving.

I love driving this car..... As I and others have said in previous posts, I look forward to getting into the car and driving, as it really does put a grin on my face. I also find that when I park the car in a parking lot, as I walk away from it, I tend to turn around to take a brief admiring glance at the car. This car infatuation feeling is fun and hopefully will last quite some time.
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" high tech protective coatings for paint and carbon fiber top" - exactly what are you using? My new car is going to be black and living in Houston I want something really good to
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Hi dober1:
I have started writing a response to your question and it is becoming rather lengthy in its detail, (just my nature....). I will create a new thread on this M6 forum with all of that information.
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BMW PDC Vehicle Orientation - Amusing story

I forgot to mention in my original posting here of an amusing story that occurred during my new vehicle orientation by the BMW Customer Adviser (CA).

When the BMW CA was reviewing the various features of my new 2014 BMW M6 with me in the delivery bay of the PDC, I inquired if it would be possible to have them reprogram the "Auto Start-Stop Function" on the vehicle to have it "off" as the default, instead of being "On". The default of it being "On" is that every time you start up the engine, if you want to disengage that function you have to push the button under the engine start button to turn it off.

The Auto Start Stop Function is somewhat controversial to owners of vehicles where it is included, with some liking it and others, like me who do not. This function turns off the engine each time the vehicle comes to a complete halt - such as at traffic lights - and restarts it automatically when you depress the accelerator pedal. For anyone who regularly drives in an urban city street environment, this feature becomes very annoying, very quickly, with the engine constantly turning itself on and off.

My CA told me that they are not allowed to do this unfortunately and that if I wanted it done it would have to be performed elsewhere, by others. I was thinking: Hmmmm…... This will be a PITA….

Then, when we got to the review of the BMW Assist function for road-side assistance, she pushed the Assist button on the ceiling console to contact a representative. What we heard next was a male voice saying in a very distinctive British accent: "Welcome to Rolls Royce roadside assistance….."

My CA said "well that is not supposed to happen….." I said I certainly did not mind this since maybe RR roadside service would arrive at my vehicle sooner, bringing some Gray Poupon mustard as a little treat…. She was not amused and then politely disconnected the call and said that a BMW technician would need to reprogram my car's system so that it would contact the "correct" roadside service call center. She suggested that while they were doing this over the next 30 mins.+, that I go visit the BMW PDC Gift Shop, which I did.

When the Technician drove the car back from their service dept. the CA and I once again initiated a call from the vehicle to BMW Assist and this time was correctly connected, (and I am now registered).

Then, during my drive home, I realized that the "Auto Start-Stop Function" had also been reprogrammed to default to be "Off" when I start up the vehicle…...

Funny how all of this new technology works, or sometimes does not….…..
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