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      06-10-2014, 05:14 PM   #23
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Wow what an awesome experience. Thanks for sharing, OP.
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      06-10-2014, 05:47 PM   #24
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very cool that you went. I was there the week prior and had a blast. I'm not very good at writing but you documented it pretty well. It seems that there were not as many cars out there for you guys to drive or see...like the different frozen colors.

Wasn't it cool to be hanging out with the BMW M execs? Marcel, Dr. Nietzchke etc?
Yeah I remember seeing your pics --we didn't have those cars.

absolutely loved hanging out with the M execs, they were all great
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      06-10-2014, 06:15 PM   #25
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Nice write up. I think the F80 looks great in every color. I'm still warming up to the F82 but still need to see both in person. I felt the same way about the E90 vs E92 until I saw them in person and then felt the opposite (still love them both though).
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      06-10-2014, 06:19 PM   #26
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Great post. Looks like you didn't waste a single minute there ;]

Unfortunately Mineral Gray M4 never makes it to the pictures... But then at least the interior I chose is here You wouldn't happen to have some more pictures with a MG M4?
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      06-10-2014, 06:32 PM   #27
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What a great experience, I envy you. I am happy to hear from several folks that the M3 and the M4 drive essentially identically which means you really can't go wrong either way, the problem for me is it makes my decision even harder. I continue to be divided on which to go with, slight edge to the M3 due to an advantage of practicality but I wonder if I really need 4 doors. Decisions decisions.
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      06-10-2014, 07:30 PM   #28
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Big wrote up

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^^ you have a great eye.
Good thing I speed read.
Lots of amazing pictures. Thanks for killer wrote up. I will say this tho - I surely don't like seeing those flags fly half mast ... Especially the Roundel !
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      06-10-2014, 07:33 PM   #29
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great pics, thanks for the review
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      06-10-2014, 09:08 PM   #30
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Thanks for writeup!

This picture is stunning!
Yes, for some reason Sakhir Orange looks extremely good on the M4. I think it looks perfect with the clear grey interior.
I agree Sakhir Orange looks great. It will also look good on M3. Few days ago I saw a SO M5, man that was something
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      06-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #31
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They shoulda gave you a helmet at least imho
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      06-10-2014, 10:56 PM   #32
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Thanks for sharing. Awesome shots. That SO looks awesome.
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      06-11-2014, 02:09 AM   #33
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nice man 👌
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      06-11-2014, 04:13 AM   #34
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Great event! Thank you so much for you post.
I would like to assist an event like this, its amazing!
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      06-11-2014, 11:18 AM   #35
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Thanks for sharing.
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      06-11-2014, 12:30 PM   #36
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Awesome write up and pics. How does one get lucky enough to get invited?
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how does the f80 compare to the e92 on the track?

OP, it sounds like you have tracked your e92. curious to know, what was missing in the f80? you mention the sound was lacking on the outside, that could be fixed with an aftermarket exhaust. Is there anything else that is lacking in the f80? example: throttle response, steering feel, overall driver satisfaction (which car requires more driver involvement)?

As a current e90 m3 zcp owner, i find the car to be nearly perfect as a daily driver and track weapon. Very interested to get your opinion on the above questions.
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      06-11-2014, 02:06 PM   #38
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Colors, colors, colors...

OP, -
thanks for some of the best photos I've seen of Sakhir Orange(SO). It pretty much cemented my exterior color decision, within the four M colors available, for my F80 order.
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I just landed from the same experience in Istanbul.
However,
I flew in this morning, reached at 6:30am and straight to the W hotel.
Then, I joined the bus to the track and left again on the same day.
Was worth it for one day.

The brakes on the cars were the most impresssive. There was no fade whatsoever! I need to try my car with the conventional brakes and compare.
And, the oil temps stays cool all day. Very very impressive.

Will post some pics later.
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      06-12-2014, 08:01 AM   #40
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OP, it sounds like you have tracked your e92. curious to know, what was missing in the f80? you mention the sound was lacking on the outside, that could be fixed with an aftermarket exhaust. Is there anything else that is lacking in the f80? example: throttle response, steering feel, overall driver satisfaction (which car requires more driver involvement)?

As a current e90 m3 zcp owner, i find the car to be nearly perfect as a daily driver and track weapon. Very interested to get your opinion on the above questions.
Not much missing really, the new M3/M4 felt very capable on the track, the carbon ceramics were great but I think the torque on this new car is where it shines and you would probably notice that in comparison to the e92. Having done an event or two in my e92 after getting back afforded me a reasonable comparison as well. The e92, however, is no slouch at all and I still love it. But overall I think you would be pretty pleased with the new car. It also looks really great in person.

The only concerns I have are whether the carbon ceramics are fully covered under warranty replacement (guess we will see over the coming year) and if there are any software gremlins over years 1-2 (which there can often be). Again, that happened to me while on track with a power loss for a couple of seconds, and not sure why it happened but it never happened again and no one else had this issue. So again, that was probably just a glitch.
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I just landed from the same experience in Istanbul.
However,
I flew in this morning, reached at 6:30am and straight to the W hotel.
Then, I joined the bus to the track and left again on the same day.
Was worth it for one day.

The brakes on the cars were the most impresssive. There was no fade whatsoever! I need to try my car with the conventional brakes and compare.
And, the oil temps stays cool all day. Very very impressive.

Will post some pics later.
Glad you had a great time. I agree that having a car or two with the non-ceramics would have been great for comparison purposes
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      06-16-2014, 07:06 AM   #42
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Sakhir orange M4 and M6
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      07-18-2014, 08:59 PM   #43
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updated with video prepared by BMW for the participants
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      08-07-2014, 12:42 PM   #44
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What was in the small black box with ribbon on it? Not the M box with lanyard, etc.
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