First of all..a disclaimer: Am not a car fanatic, nor the most mechanically inclined person you will ever meet. I do, however, know enough about cars to know when you are driving a well-made, well-engineered car. Let's begin with the aesthetics: As expected, this car has a very strong European flavor to its external styling as well as the interior layout and trim. The instrument console is easy to read an interpret. Most of the controls are intuitive, however, the light that indicates whether the rain sensor (for the windshield wipers) has been activates is blocked by the steering wheel. The sound system is of high quality, but one would have expected more than a single CD deck in this model. In terms of handling, this car leaves nothing to be desired. It is very responsive to light touches of the accelerator and seems to have a predilection for going about 80 mph. The center of gravity is pretty low as the car takes turns and rapid braking with no perceptible loss of grip on the road. The manual transmission is well designed and enables the driver to truly sense the power of this dual turbo-charged engine.
This is a great car; it's the first BMW that feels like it has Porsche type performance and driving experience. On the other hand, my wife also likes to drive it in a non-performance mode, and it is a smooth comfortable car for her.
The car is absolutely fantastic! From the moment I saw this car on the lot, I wanted it. The power from the twin-turbo six is amazing, and I really like the feel of the sport suspension package. Just make sure to pay attention to the chrome trim above the doors that is prone to pitting and fading (BMW does not stand behind it). Test the bluetooth functionality if that is waht you are expecting as all 3 series now have the bluetooth button, but that does not mean they have bluetooth. Lastly, be aware with the sport package the tires cannot be rotated as they are different sizes... they are run-flats to boot which means you need to setup a budget for rubber. Given these considerations, the car is a must have vehicle in my book!