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I can help here, as I worked on the Performance Center site.

The program is good for any new BMW purchased in , from January 1 until December 31, Leases are also included.

The PDC is just now rolling out the program, so they are working to reach customers from earlier in the year first. They will be sending email invitations in batches, and if you purchased between January and March, you should have received the first blast. The next invite will be sent out in a few weeks for those that purchased in April, May, June.

You don't need to wait for your invite though. Once you purchase your car, give it a week or so, then call to book! Make sure you have your VIN and bmw center info handy.

If you guys have questions, let me know. It's a blast for sure!

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BMW New Owner’s Track Drive

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Once you&#;ve conquered the test drive, it&#;s time to prepare for the ultimate thrill when you purchase a new BMW from BMW of Columbia.

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EVERY NEW BMW PURCHASE FROM BMW OF COLUMBIA COMES WITH A NEW OWNER&#;S TRACK DRIVE EXPERIENCE, AN OUTING JAM-PACKED WITH EXCITEMENT IN A VARIETY OF BMWS.

You&#;ll get 2 complimentary seats for a special owner&#;s only program at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina. It&#;s an invitation to an outing loaded with fun and excitement. You and a guest will get started with a safety briefing and short overview, then it&#;s out to the track for BMW drive time. There&#;s also a journey through our off-road course and an unbelievable Hot Lap ride included too. And if you&#;re interested, stick around afterwards for a Q &#; A session with our resident BMW experts. It&#;s a $ value (2 seats x $) and it&#;s complimentary to all new owners from the BMW Performance Center.

THE BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER.

It&#;s the BMW destination unlike any other. It&#;s where owners, fans and driving enthusiasts alike get to experience the BMW brand in a way it can truly shine: On the track. You&#;ll be treated to behind-the-wheel fun in multiple BMWs, accelerating, braking and turning while lapping in our Performance Drive segment. Then it&#;s out to explore the off-road course for X-Vehicles. Drivers will travel over obstacles, ascend and descend hills, traverse water crossings and frame-bending berms in an amazing display of X-Drive technology. For the grand finale, it&#;s time to strap in for a pro Hot Lap. You&#;ll see, hear and feel our M5&#;s powerslide through the turns, scream down the straights and drift at the limits of physics. It&#;s an outing that will leave you with an unforgettable impression.

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WE CAN&#;T WAIT FOR YOU TO VISIT THE BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER

Join BMW on the track and see exactly why we&#;re known as The Ultimate Playground. Spend your day immersed in everything BMW, enjoy gourmet meals at our cafe or stop by the gift shop to score that perfect souvenir to remember your adventure at the BMW Performance Center.

HOW IT WORKS: IT&#;S EASY TO REDEEM THIS COMPLIMENTARY PROGRAM.

BMW owners who have purchased a new BMW in should visit bmwperformancecenter.com for a program overview and available calendar dates, then call BMW to redeem your complimentary New Owner&#;s Track Drive package and schedule your day. Provide our Dealership name, BMW of Columbia, VIN # and date of sale and that&#;s it! And with no additional paperwork and no additional cost, it&#;s easy to see why the choice you made from BMW of Columbia on your new Ultimate Driving Machine® is definitely the Ultimate in good decisions.

Schedule Test Drive

BMW owners who have purchased a new BMW in should visit bmwperformancecenter.com for a program overview and available calendar dates, then call BMW to redeem your complimentary New Owner&#;s Track Drive package and schedule your day. Provide our Dealership name, BMW of Columbia, VIN # and date of sale and that&#;s it! And with no additional paperwork and no additional cost, it&#;s easy to see why the choice you made from BMW of Columbia on your new Ultimate Driving Machine® is definitely the Ultimate in good decisions.

Sours: https://www.bmwofcolumbia.com/bmw-new-owners-track-drive/
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New Owners Track Drive Program

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Set New Records!

Do you want to experience all the BMW performance engineered under the hood and in the suspension system? With the BMW New Owners Track Drive program, you can get your shot behind the wheel of a variety of BMW models on a race track when you buy or lease a new BMW model. For each new BMW purchase, receive two complimentary seats in high-performance BMW models and showcase your skills when you drive a BMW test track. This BMW test drive experience takes you to the limit or grip as you burn rubber around the corners and rocket ahead with the legendary BMW power under the hood. You will have an amazing time, and we are eager to put you behind the wheel. Contact the sales staff at BMW of Reading to learn more about the BMW New Owners Track Drive, and register with BMW by calling BMW.

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BMW New Owners: Conquer The Racetrack 

To register for the experience, present your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), date of sale, and our BMW of Reading location to redeem this complimentary offer. There is no additional paperwork or cost to experience the thrills of The Ultimate Driving Machine®. The program is held at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina or Southern California, where you and a guest will learn from our BMW instructors, and then have your chance behind the wheel. The BMW New Owners Track Drive program puts you behind the wheel of a variety of potent BMW models, so you can smoke the tires and feel the high-speed sensation within these advanced models. Accelerate to BMW of Reading today and pick out a new BMW model to experience this hair-raising adventure!

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Join The Excitement Today!

Another feature of this exciting program is exploring the off-road course by sailing over obstacles, climbing hills, accelerating back down, slashing through water, and much more. The climax of the trip is strapping in for a hot lap driven by one of our professionals. They will scream around corners, drift to the limits, and all while you go faster than you have ever gone before. We are happy to bring this unforgettable experience to you when you buy a new BMW model from us. Browse the BMW of Reading inventory to select the BMW model of your dreams and then register in the BMW New Owners Track Drive program by calling BMW for a lifetime trip.

 

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Introducing The BMW New Owners Track Drive Experience

One of the best-hidden benefits for people who buy a new BMW is the New Owner’s Track Drive. This is a half day course offered at the BMW Performance Centers. It’s literally a hidden cheat code for new owners to be able to unlock the potential of their BMW cars.

How To Book The Course

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Driving every BMW M car available on a track with a professional BMW instructor? Yes, please! Driving a BMW X5 through an intense off-road course through water and up and down incredibly steep hills? Where do I sign up?

Every new BMW comes with two “seats” to the course. If you want to bring an additional guest, it costs $ In my case I took my whole family: my wife and I, along with our college aged daughter. So I did have to pay for an additional seat.

When you book over the phone, the coordinator will ask you for the VIN of your new BMW and what BMW dealer you purchased from. Some clacking away at a keyboard and a pause to confirm that I matched the VIN, my credit card to pay for our daughter and I was in!

The Day Starts With A Coffee

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The morning check-in process was typical German uber efficient. So much so that I had time to grab an espresso in the cafe while waiting for the course to start. Fun fact: Even the coffee cups had Roundels on them. All the participants get great looking BMW lanyards with name badges.

In my group, the most popular new car purchased was the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle which is exactly the last BMW to join my garage as well.

The morning starts with introductions and a short classroom outlining basic things such as seat position, the importance of vision and hand position. The day is broken down into an off-road segment demonstrating the importance of the xDrive system aboard the X5.

Next, you will get to experience the “Performance Drive” on the track with some of the best Ultimate Driving Machines. And the conclusion is a Hot Lap aboard the M5 Competition with a professional BMW instructor behind the wheel.

Trust me on this, this is the best part of the day. It is a tire smoking/shredding sideways fest I’ll never forget while riding with Laura Hayes who’s insanely talented.

Don&#;t Leave Without A Souvenir

After our course was completed, we spent a good amount of time in their wonderful gift shop at the Performance Center adding more BMW paraphernalia to my closet. We headed out, grabbed lunch and hit BMW CCA’s Foundation Museum, catching a historic display right before it closed.

The final item on the list is a BMW’s Museum and a factory tour. The BMW Museum doesn&#;t have a huge display of cars, but is definitely high quality. BMW F1 car, check. First BMW produced there, check.

The factory tour was incredible, but sadly they would not let us take any pictures. All in all, it’s a wonderful way to spend a day soaking in BMWs. I really cannot think of a better way to spend a day.

Sours: https://www.bmwblog.com//07/29/new-owners-track-drive-bmw-performance-center/

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BMW New Owner Track Drive

AN EXCITING DEAL: CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE A NEW BMW GET A FREE NEW OWNER’S TRACK DRIVE PROGRAM.

With the purchase of a new BMW you will receive 2 complimentary seats at the BMW Performance Center in either
South Carolina or Southern California—the School for accelerated learning. You and your guest will be treated to a 3-hour
experience that includes classroom instruction, driving on track in a few different models, an off-road excursion and an unbelievable
Hot Lap ride. It’s a $ value (2 seats x $) and it’s complimentary to all new owners from United BMW.

WHO WE ARE:
The BMW Performance Center is a destination unlike any other. It’s where owners, fans and driving enthusiasts alike get
to experience the BMW brand in a way it can truly shine: On the track. They’ll be treated to behind-the-wheel fun in multiple BMWs,
accelerating, braking and turning while lapping in our Performance Drive segment. Then it’s out to explore the off-road course for
X-Vehicles. Drivers will glide over obstacles, ascend and descend hills, traverse water crossings and frame-bending berms in an
amazing display of xDrive technology. For the grand finale, it’s time to strap in for a pro Hot Lap. You’ll see, hear and feel our
M5’s powerslide through the turns, scream down the straights and drift at the limits of physics. It’s an outing that will leave you
with an unforgettable impression.

HOW IT WORKS: IT’S EASY FOR CUSTOMERS TO REDEEM THEIR COMPLIMENTARY PROGRAM.
Owners should visit bmwperformancecenter.com for a program overview, then call BMW to schedule their complimentary
New Owner’s Track Drive.

THE RULES:
&#; Owner must provide the VIN # and date of sale
&#; New vehicle RDR Lease or Purchase customers only (Retail Types 1,3,A,D,G,H and J. Type 6, Z and Updates not eligible.)
&#; Program certificates must be redeemed within one year of purchase
&#; Offer holds no cash value and is not applicable for credit
&#; See information below for Custom Order BMW customers taking PC Delivery

PERFORMANCE CENTER DELIVERY
THE NEW OWNER’S TRACK DRIVE OFFER IS SEPARATE FROM THE BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER DELIVERY EXPERIENCE.
Customers who’ve ordered their brand new BMW for pickup at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina already have a
dedicated day of vehicle overview, instruction, track driving, meals and more. Those customers will work directly with the BMW
Performance Center Delivery Team in coordinating their day for vehicle handover.
New vehicle purchases and lease customers only Program certificates must be redeemed within one year of purchase. Offer holds no cash value and is not applicable for credit.

 

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NEW OWNER’S TRACK DRIVE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Performance Center offers a variety of schools and experiences, group events and more.
You can find more information on the Performance Center at bmwperformancecenter.com or the call center at BMW.

 

What is the New Owners Track Drive?

The New Owner’s Track Drive is a partial day program that’s free for all new BMW purchases made in

 

What does it include?

The program itself consists of a Performance Drive on track (lapping in multiple BMW models), an off-road excursion in an X-vehicle, a Hot Lap with a pro driver, and an elective wrap-up Q&A session with a BMW expert.

 

What is the cost of the program?

The program is Complementary for all new programs purchases and is valued at $ per person ($ total). However, it cannot be used towards the vehicle purchase, nor can it be used as credit towards another program.

 

What is needed to redeem the program?

The new owner should verify the potential calendar dates that would work for them then call our number with their VIN, BMW Center name and date of sale. The BMW Performance Center reservations team will do the coordination of the schedule and provide the driver with information they need to attend the class.

 

Does the program include meals or lodging?

No, the participants will have to provide their own travel, meals and accommodations. We do have reasonably priced gourmet dining available in our cafes with a wide variety of choices for both breakfast and lunch. Complimentary coffee and bottled water are included at both locations. There are also recommended hotel rooms through our network of lodging partners.

 

How many people are able to come to the performance center?

The program includes one vehicle per two people: the new owner and their guest. They will share a vehicle and switch driving rotations in each of the exercises.

 

Does the program come with used BMW sales certified sales?

Unfortunately, no, this offer is only available for new BMWs purchased in Contact the BMW Performance Center to acquire Gift Certificates with a 25% Off discount if you’d like to include a driving experience in other sales.

 

Who do I contact to find out more information?

Visit BMW performance Center.com for further program information interview the calendar of available dates.
New owners can also send emails to our reservations team at [email protected] or call BMW.

 

Will customers drive the same model they’ve purchased?

Due to the limitations of fleet inventory and specific model attributes, we cannot guarantee participants will drive the same model that they’ve purchased. There will be different vehicles driven throughout the day.

 

Is the program transferable?

The New Owner’s Track Drive can be utilized by any licensed driver at the same address as the vehicle’s purchaser.

 

Sours: https://www.unitedbmw.com/bmw-new-owner-track-drive/
Introducing The New Owners Track Drive

PERFORMANCE DRIVE

A SAMPLE OF PERFORMANCE

Enjoy a sample of the many of the vehicles we have at the Performance Center. Take the wheel of a BMW X vehicle as you follow an instructor through our challenging off-road course. Then, head to the track and rotate between various BMW vehicles, driving each through tight corners and fast straightaways*. Finally, buckle up in the passenger seat for a hot lap with one of our instructors as they drift and accelerate around the track. It’s a ride you won’t soon forget.

*Exercises are subject to change without prior notice.

Have a private group larger than 6? Try our Group Events package here.

Price: $ | Time: 2 hours

M TRACK DRIVE

GET YOUR ADRENALINE FIX

This is the real deal. Featuring our most powerful and responsive vehicles, you'll get behind the wheel for six exhilarating laps at one of three Thermal Club racing circuits in California. Follow an instructor's car for a warm-up lap as they quickly bring you up to speed. Then, try to keep their car in your sights as speeds and G forces increase, pushing your M Car to its considerable limits. Can you keep up with them while maintaining control?

Price: $

Time: Up to 1 hour

Ultimate track experience

A smorgasbord of performance

You’ll have the opportunity to drive BMW M vehicles in a Lead Follow exercise on Thermal tracks as you try to keep up with instructors. Then head to the autocross track for runs in multiple vehicles, from the nimble MINI Cooper S to the powerful BMW M2. End with a thrilling hot lap, where you ride with a professional BMW driving instructor for a true display of M Power on the exclusive Thermal South Palm track. Morning and afternoon sessions available with lunch provided in each.

*Available at our West Coast location with limited availability throughout the year.

Price: $

Time: 4 hours

EXCURSIONS

VACATION NEVER WENT SO FAST

The BMW Performance Center will often host trips to unique driving destinations around the world such as Sweden and the famous Nürburgring located in Germany. Each excursion is guided by one of our accomplished driving instructors – providing guidance on local roads and beyond. To find out more information, enter your name and email address in the fields below, and a representative will reach out to you.

BMW TRACK MEET

HIGH-SPEED NETWORKING

The BMW Track Meet is an enjoyable driving and dining event that elevates business networking, client entertaining and gift-giving to a whole new level. This half-day gathering includes a delicious chef-prepared lunch, three exhilarating driving sessions in a fleet of brand-new BMWs and a hot lap around the track with a BMW pro at the wheel. The afternoon is capped off at a private reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at the BMW Performance Center.

Price: $

Time: 5 hours

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Every instructor at the BMW Performance Center has years of professional racing experience under their belts. Spend a day with them at the track for one-on-one instruction, and their sole focus becomes making you a better driver. Available upon request, private instruction can make for both a memorable experience and training to propel you to the next level of driving competition.

East coast $ per hour, 2 hour minimum

West coast $ per hour, 2 hour minimum

BMW CCA DAY

CELEBRATE EVERYTHING BMW

Being a member of the BMW Car Club of America has many perks, and they include 15 percent off at the BMW Performance Center’s CCA Member Day. Available at both the East and West coast locations, you’ll be able to get instruction in the latest BMW models, push them to their limits and get in for a hot lap with an instructor. It’s a day of BMW, and it’s only available for CCA members.

New Owner’s Track Drive

Welcome to the track

Congratulations! You’ve just bought a brand new BMW. No doubt you understand what makes each model best-in-class, but what about best-on-track?

Each new BMW that’s purchased in comes with the opportunity to book two seats behind the wheel of a variety of BMWs, where you’ll experience driving at the limit. With the guidance of our professional instructors and the safety of our closed course, you’ll feel ready to tackle any challenge.

Complimentary for you and one guest. Additional guests seats are $ each.

Please have your VIN, date of sale and location of your BMW Center ready when you call.

Sours: https://bmwperformancecenter.com/experiences/

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Here are some thoughts from my New Owner's Track Drive experience (NOTD) at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg.
TLDR; It is awesome! Let me just say from the outset that the instructors were great.

The NOTD is a relatively new program that they started on July 1, after they re-opened.
Any person in the USA who bought any new BMW (not just Spartanburg products) in can experience this.
I found out about it from an email. Since I live close by, I signed up and did the NOTD yesterday. You can bring a 2nd person.
My wife had no interest, so I brought my son-in-law, who has a 3 series. I have an X5 40i.

Just an editorial comment: The Performance Center experience is basically in incredible brand building exercise. They have several programs, including Performance Center Delivery, Driving School, and M School. Yet Performance Center Delivery (PCD) is experienced by a tiny fraction of new BMW owners. The dealers really downplay PCD because they want to sell you a car today, right now, off the lot. They view it as a defeat to sell a custom car, because that is no help in making the current month quota. It takes a very knowledgeable buyer (like those on this forum) to 1) insist on a custom order, 2. Insist on PCD, and 3. Still negotiate a good financial deal. Most buyers new to the brand never experience PCD. So this NOTD opens up this incredible brand-building facility to everyone, even people who bought their BMW off the lot. After coming here, the question on your mind is not so much "Do I want a BMW again when I trade this one - or try some other brand?" Rather, it is "Which BMW will I choose next time? Maybe that M model I drove in Spartanburg".

Many people are familiar with Performance Center Delivery (PCD) so I will mention some similarities and differences.

I had a misconception about Performance Center Delivery that it only applied to products made in Spartanburg. In fact, you can take delivery of any custom-built BMW model at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg. I'm sure most of you know this, but it was new news to me. You can get a car from a German factory and do PCD in Spartanburg. This is great since they are discontinuing European Delivery.

Things that are similar to Performance Center Delivery (PCD):
You get the X5 experience through the off-road course.
You get to drive laps on a track.

Differences:
PCD includes hotel and meals, lasts a good portion of the day (not sure how long). Includes instruction on the features of your new car.
NOTD does not include hotel or meals. Lasts about 2 hours.
PCD lets you drive a model similar to the one you bought on laps around the track. If you bought an X5, that is what you drive on laps around the track to get a feel for the capabilities of your new car.
NOTD lets you drive amazing cars - but probably not the one you bought. We could choose from 6 cars. We picked the four we most wanted to drive. The particular cars may vary from day to day.

Here was how the day unfolded:
1. Orientation - This was really helpful information like how to adjust your seat for maximum braking power, where to focus your attention, where to look with your eyes, etc.

2. Off-road course. On this course, you drive an X5. I had a X-Drive 40i. My son-in-law had a X5 M50i. We went over obstacles designed to show how well the X5 performs in rough terrain. The answer is, surprisingly well. And I learned how to use some features on my X5 that I did not know were there (like Hill Descent Control). And the iDrive screen that shows the current angle that your truck is leaning. We went through 18 inches of water, steep hills - up and down, ridiculous obstacles where one side of your truck was 25 degrees higher than the other side, and places where you could only have three tires touching at a time. There were places where you literally could not see where you were going without turning on the front facing camera. Lots of fun.

3. Braking - We had some time to kill after the off-road, so our instructor took us to a straight section of a track to let us practice braking. We would floor our X5, and then, when we reached a certain cone, do a hard brake. The stopping power is amazing, but with the Antilock brakes, no skidding at all. I got to do about 4 or 5 runs. The instructor was pushing us to brake harder and harder.

4. Then we went to run laps on the track. I got to drive 4 cars: the 12 cylinder Mi, the M4, the M40i (convertible), the X4M Comp. I probably did about 20 laps total. One of the M cars had ceramic brakes. As the instructor said, this is your chance to burn through tires and brakes, and it doesn't come out of your pocket. Note: The number of laps you drive may be dependent on how big the class size is.

This was a short-ish track, which meant that you could put the accelerator to the floor, but when you got to miles an hour, it was time to brake hard for the sharp corner. (As the track was set up, that felt plenty fast). The back side of the oval had more twists, and you had to aim for a series of cones on the left and right sides to do it at speed, then a sharp left turn around the other end of the oval and back on the straight again. We had three cars on the track at a time. There was no passing, but it did not seem to be an issue.

After laps, we would pit. They would wipe down the interior of the cars with disinfectant, and we would choose a new car.

With the Mi and the M40i, the default was the automatic transmission, but you could select a manual shift mode. With the X4Mcomp and the M4, the default was manual shifting, but you could change it to automatic. This took some getting used to.

I think my favorite was the Mi, because it was so similar to my (former) LS in size, but the performance was way better. But the hottest car was the X4M Comp.

5. Then we did a Hot Lap. Hot laps are driven by instructor in a M5 Comp. You go as a passenger. They drive you around the longer M School track and through the skid pad twice. If you saw Ford vs. Ferrari, this is the ride that Caroll Shelby gave to Henry Ford II.

6. At the end, we had a Q&A with a product specialist (genius) on any features of your car that you want to know more about. There were parts of the Drivers Assistance Package that the manual did not explain very well, so I asked about it. After the guy explained how to do it, it was quite easy to use the autonomous driving as I continued my journey later in the day.

You get 15% off at the gift shop, but there was no one manning the cash register so I did not get anything.

It was an amazing experience. I was surprised how much we did in about two hours. (We went a little over). I highly recommend the NOTD if you can make it to Spartanburg safely!***

*** I understand this is also offered in California.

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Originally Posted by Timmer-BimmerView Post

Here are some thoughts from my New Owner's Track Drive experience (NOTD) at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg.
TLDR; It is awesome! Let me just say from the outset that the instructors were great.

The NOTD is a relatively new program that they started on July 1, after they re-opened.
Any person in the USA who bought any new BMW (not just Spartanburg products) in can experience this.
I found out about it from an email. Since I live close by, I signed up and did the NOTD yesterday. You can bring a 2nd person.
My wife had no interest, so I brought my son-in-law, who has a 3 series. I have an X5 40i.

Just an editorial comment: The Performance Center experience is basically in incredible brand building exercise. They have several programs, including Performance Center Delivery, Driving School, and M School. Yet Performance Center Delivery (PCD) is experienced by a tiny fraction of new BMW owners. The dealers really downplay PCD because they want to sell you a car today, right now, off the lot. They view it as a defeat to sell a custom car, because that is no help in making the current month quota. It takes a very knowledgeable buyer (like those on this forum) to 1) insist on a custom order, 2. Insist on PCD, and 3. Still negotiate a good financial deal. Most buyers new to the brand never experience PCD. So this NOTD opens up this incredible brand-building facility to everyone, even people who bought their BMW off the lot. After coming here, the question on your mind is not so much "Do I want a BMW again when I trade this one - or try some other brand?" Rather, it is "Which BMW will I choose next time? Maybe that M model I drove in Spartanburg".

Many people are familiar with Performance Center Delivery (PCD) so I will mention some similarities and differences.

I had a misconception about Performance Center Delivery that it only applied to products made in Spartanburg. In fact, you can take delivery of any custom-built BMW model at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg. I'm sure most of you know this, but it was new news to me. You can get a car from a German factory and do PCD in Spartanburg. This is great since they are discontinuing European Delivery.

Things that are similar to Performance Center Delivery (PCD):
You get the X5 experience through the off-road course.
You get to drive laps on a track.

Differences:
PCD includes hotel and meals, lasts a good portion of the day (not sure how long). Includes instruction on the features of your new car.
NOTD does not include hotel or meals. Lasts about 2 hours.
PCD lets you drive a model similar to the one you bought on laps around the track. If you bought an X5, that is what you drive on laps around the track to get a feel for the capabilities of your new car.
NOTD lets you drive amazing cars - but probably not the one you bought. We could choose from 6 cars. We picked the four we most wanted to drive. The particular cars may vary from day to day.

Here was how the day unfolded:
1. Orientation - This was really helpful information like how to adjust your seat for maximum braking power, where to focus your attention, where to look with your eyes, etc.

2. Off-road course. On this course, you drive an X5. I had a X-Drive 40i. My son-in-law had a X5 M50i. We went over obstacles designed to show how well the X5 performs in rough terrain. The answer is, surprisingly well. And I learned how to use some features on my X5 that I did not know were there (like Hill Descent Control). And the iDrive screen that shows the current angle that your truck is leaning. We went through 18 inches of water, steep hills - up and down, ridiculous obstacles where one side of your truck was 25 degrees higher than the other side, and places where you could only have three tires touching at a time. There were places where you literally could not see where you were going without turning on the front facing camera. Lots of fun.

3. Braking - We had some time to kill after the off-road, so our instructor took us to a straight section of a track to let us practice braking. We would floor our X5, and then, when we reached a certain cone, do a hard brake. The stopping power is amazing, but with the Antilock brakes, no skidding at all. I got to do about 4 or 5 runs. The instructor was pushing us to brake harder and harder.

4. Then we went to run laps on the track. I got to drive 4 cars: the 12 cylinder Mi, the M4, the M40i (convertible), the X4M Comp. I probably did about 20 laps total. One of the M cars had ceramic brakes. As the instructor said, this is your chance to burn through tires and brakes, and it doesn't come out of your pocket. Note: The number of laps you drive may be dependent on how big the class size is.

This was a short-ish track, which meant that you could put the accelerator to the floor, but when you got to miles an hour, it was time to brake hard for the sharp corner. (As the track was set up, that felt plenty fast). The back side of the oval had more twists, and you had to aim for a series of cones on the left and right sides to do it at speed, then a sharp left turn around the other end of the oval and back on the straight again. We had three cars on the track at a time. There was no passing, but it did not seem to be an issue.

After laps, we would pit. They would wipe down the interior of the cars with disinfectant, and we would choose a new car.

With the Mi and the M40i, the default was the automatic transmission, but you could select a manual shift mode. With the X4Mcomp and the M4, the default was manual shifting, but you could change it to automatic. This took some getting used to.

I think my favorite was the Mi, because it was so similar to my (former) LS in size, but the performance was way better. But the hottest car was the X4M Comp.

5. Then we did a Hot Lap. Hot laps are driven by instructor in a M5 Comp. You go as a passenger. They drive you around the longer M School track and through the skid pad twice. If you saw Ford vs. Ferrari, this is the ride that Caroll Shelby gave to Henry Ford II.

6. At the end, we had a Q&A with a product specialist (genius) on any features of your car that you want to know more about. There were parts of the Drivers Assistance Package that the manual did not explain very well, so I asked about it. After the guy explained how to do it, it was quite easy to use the autonomous driving as I continued my journey later in the day.

You get 15% off at the gift shop, but there was no one manning the cash register so I did not get anything.

It was an amazing experience. I was surprised how much we did in about two hours. (We went a little over). I highly recommend the NOTD if you can make it to Spartanburg safely!***

*** I understand this is also offered in California.

Hey, I have an x5 40i as well. Can you explain what they taught you about autonomous driving and also how to show the display that shows the angle of your car?
For the autonomous driving, you need the Drivers Assistance Package.
You use the buttons on the left side of your steering wheel.

You turn on the Drivers Assistance with the center button. Then you set the speed limit for the adaptive cruise control. You hit "Limit". Then use the toggle button to adjust the speed up and down. Then hit Set.
Then you hit the mode button to activate the lane assistance.

If you drive hands free, it will prompt you to touch the steering wheel every few seconds. I found it better to just lightly hold the steering wheel in your hand like you were holding something very delicate. (Light enough that the car can steer itself without your grip getting in the way.) This way you don't have to be constantly lifting your hands to touch the wheel.

Note: The mode button remembers where you set it last. If you had it set for lane assistance, it will remember that and do that the next time you set the speed limit.
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