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      06-12-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Here is my description of my 3 days at the BMW Performance Driving Center along with the delivery of my new 2014 M6 Coupe:

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. 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.


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      06-12-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had tons of fun! I am also about to switch from AMG to a M6, what is your initial impression so far?
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M6 Driving Impressions.....

So far, it is an absolute blast....!

I have driven my M6 on dry roads and through torrential rain downpours and it hugs the road wonderfully. The up-to-date electronic features are dazzling and I really do prefer the latest BMW's iDrive by comparison to the current M-B Command System. The iDrive is more intuitive and I personally prefer its screen graphics and interface.

The M6 is a large car. The view over the long hood emphasizes that fact and the car does ride low, so that when I am parking anywhere there may be some form of raised concrete wheel barrier at the front of the parking spot, I am very cautious inching forward to it so I do not hit it or scrape my front spoiler/bumper.

Also the drivers seating position is very low, as it should be, so it does take getting used to coming from my M-B ML63 AMG where I sit quite high with a commanding view of the road.

I find that I am intentionally lowering the windows so I can hear that wonderful baritone / guttural engine exhaust sound as I back out of my driveway and proceed forward. It really does put a smile on my face, which essentially is the whole idea of purchasing a performance vehicle like this.
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      06-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the details. I can't wait to get my real soon! Enjoy your M6 in good health!
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      06-13-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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Congrats, I would have ordered the B&O just because of the LED lighting had I known. They should tell customers these kinds of things.
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      07-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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Doesn't 2014 production start in August?

Wouldn't that make this M6 a 2013?
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Congratulations! What a beautiful car!
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Great scheduling, doing the M School right before you picked up your 6. They really do it right. I did PDD for my last 3 cars, and have done the 1 and 2 day M Schools, and they're great. Congrats on a beautiful car, much luck with it.
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Congratulations! Looks like a lot of fun, enjoy your new car!
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      07-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #10
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congrats!!

apart from sakhir orange, white is the best color for the M6 me thinks!
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Great review. Congrats buddy.
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments......

SlammedM6:
For some strange reason, BMW decided this year to officially begin production of the 2014 M6 model year on March 13, 2013, instead of mid-to-late summer, as they have usually done previously for most models. I was told that my M6 is one of the first 2014's exported to the USA.

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I had not requested that the "M6" badge on the rear trunk lid be omitted or "de-badged", as it was delivered to me at the BMW PDC in SC. The M6 badges are on both side vents/signal indicators, as well as the front grill. I only noticed the omission when I was filling the car with gas on my trip from SC back to NJ. I had my BMW Dealer add the missing badge when I took the car in for its mandatory 1,200 Servicing.

BTW - I forgot to mention in my initial post that after reading many of the comments by other 6-Series drivers about the automatic engine Start/Stop Function, I asked the BMW PDC to deactivate it, which they did. The idea of when I am driving the vehicle and coming to a slow stop and then having the engine immediately shut down, only to have to start right back up because I'm in stop-and-go traffic, is a royal PITA...
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Nice writeup. If you can't do a European Delivery--Munchen, the Welt and driving on the Autobahn!--I guess this is a pretty sweet delivery option. The M School is definitely worth it. We had the Spartanburg M school instructors at the BMW M Track Days in Austin, TX this June, and it was a fantastic experience. Hope they do a follow-up at Austin, TX (COTA) in 2014 also. PS: I really like the Sakhir Orange leather. I've got Indi Red in my Black Sapphire, and I think you've got a great combo! Also, like the de-badging option! The F12 trunk is just too short for a badge.
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Beautiful car.
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Nice writeup. If you can't do a European Delivery--Munchen, the Welt and driving on the Autobahn!--I guess this is a pretty sweet delivery option. The M School is definitely worth it. We had the Spartanburg M school instructors at the BMW M Track Days in Austin, TX this June, and it was a fantastic experience. Hope they do a follow-up at Austin, TX (COTA) in 2014 also. PS: I really like the Sakhir Orange leather. I've got Indi Red in my Black Sapphire, and I think you've got a great combo! Also, like the de-badging option! The F12 trunk is just too short for a badge.
I might have to drive to texas from cali to do a cota session.
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How did your car come de-badge in the rear?
i also received my 2014 from the dealer de-badged. not sure why that is but i like it with the rear badge
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For some strange reason, BMW decided this year to officially begin production of the 2014 M6 model year on March 13, 2013, instead of mid-to-late summer, as they have usually done previously for most models. I was told that my M6 is one of the first 2014's exported to the USA.
congrats to your car.

the model year is a bit strange. I went for the m6 with competiton paket and new drive touch controller (delivery week 33) and as far my dealer told my 2014 production is from july on (Germany/switzerland) where all 6series cars get the new idrive touch controller, and performance paket is available.
So i have no clue why in us 2014 model years are before july production, without the new idrive touch controller
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments......

SlammedM6:
For some strange reason, BMW decided this year to officially begin production of the 2014 M6 model year on March 13, 2013, instead of mid-to-late summer, as they have usually done previously for most models. I was told that my M6 is one of the first 2014's exported to the USA.
i was also told mine was the first and only 2014 in the US.. we are talking about a dealership here so obviously their credibility is questionable.

picked up my 2014 mid-may 2013. it doesn't have the new idrive nob and is also debadged like OPs. wonder if that's a 2014 trend.
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badge or no badge, make no mistake, that is one stunning M6! Congrats on the delivery!
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That was a 30-day temporary paper license "plate" that my Dealer gave me, along with the required windshield inspection sticker. That temporary license plate now has been replaced with a real license plate.
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