Good points. It was only after driving the car for a while have I discovered that the car is actually quite adept at handling. And the N63 certainly doesn't disappoint. But on a quick test drive, the car feels somewhat aloof. After driving it sportingly, it tightens up quite nicely. And I have the so-called dreaded EPS. While I do feel a little bit of loss of feel at times, it really is fine. When I test drove the CLS and A6, the steering felt quite numb in both.
Originally Posted by mdstx330ci
I respectfully disagree with your view. I owned an '08 550i and now own a '12 550i (and a Porsche and a Spec Miata) and (as a HPDE driving instructor with extensive experience in high performance cars at speed) I can honestly state that my '12 550i handles amazingly well. My initial impression was less rosy as it took me some time behind the wheel to adjust to its handling. The steering is different from my prior e60, but not particularly worse or better... just different. The steering in my F10 provides good feedback, responds accurately to driver inputs and is not overly assisted as was the steering in my e46 330Ci some years back. My only major complaint with this car is that BMW discontinued the adjustable side bolsters in the F10 so you really have to brace yourself when taking tighter corners at a high rate of speed (which this car does quite well).
In summary, while my prior '08 550i handled differently from this car, it did not necessarily handle better. And, just because something is different does not mean it is better or worse. Also, sometimes it takes a little time to appreciate something that is different. My $.02.
Of course, it is important to note what options the F10 has when making determinations about its handling prowess. If you drove a non-sport model, it does feel more on the luxury side of things. With sport and DDC, with the meatier steering wheel, it is more in line with its sporting roots.
ED on 7/18/2014: 2014 550i, Space Gray, Mocha. M Sport, Cold Weather, DAP, Executive, Lighting
PCD on 9/6/2011: 2011 550i, DSB, black/oyster. Prem 2, Conv, Ventilated, HUD, Sport, DHP, SAT