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Just kicking in with my two cents, not meaning to offend anyone:
I agree with those who say Imola looks bad on this car. Seen it in person - UGH.
Stealth colors (in other words, DON'T look like a race car) are Alpine White, Oxford Green, and Anthracite. I don't favor any of them.
Good traditional colors are TiSilver and Jet Black. They're beautiful, but VERY common on all BMWs.
Royal red has not been chosen by many people and I've not seen it in person, but it might be OK if you're looking for something rare. People who saw it at the New England meet said they liked it.
Avus Blue is discontinued, in favor of LeMans Blue.
Siverstone looks baby blue/powder blue in most lighting conditions, so be forewarned! It's tied with Imola as my least favorite color that I've seen in-person.
Carbon Black and LeMans Blue are only available on the M5 and are both good colors, but LeMans is a bit more of a statement. Also, Carbon seems to be pretty common, so if rarity is a factor in your decision....
The BMW Individual program is not available in the USA if that's where you are located, but others in USA have had good luck getting any color they want with special orders. Most sales reps don't know how to do it, but if you have them contact the BMWUSA M5 specialist they should work out a deal on a special color order by telling you how much it will delay production of your car and how much extra you'll have to pay.