When I ordered my car, I was going to opt for the spoiler delete option. The brochure the dealer had (which is very nice, BTW) had numerous photos of a silverstone M5, but no photos of a car with the spoiler, so I figured if BMW, in their promotional literature, didn't show it the spoiler must spoil the look of the car. Knowing it only really makes a difference above 200kms (which I do, but not very often), I figured I didn't need it, and didn't want to find out that it was ugly upon delivery. (It is not easy to remove, I was told). Before making my final option choices, I went to BMW in Munich to actually see some M5s. I'm glad I did. I was planning on Anthracite, but seeing Carbon Black, I changed the color (both are very nice, but to me CB was nicer). And, the spoiler in my opinion is very descreet but adds to the overall beauty of the car. While not integrated with the trunk lid as one single piece (lid and spoiler), it does not look like an afterthought. I am into the stealth look, and did debadge the car, but I am glad I got the spoiler. FWIW. Just one man's opinion, though.
no spoiler = looks like a 540
if they had an airdam delete, would you do that??
the spoiler is all good & adds downforce to the rear. i have it. asked the neighbor, he approved too. happy w/ the spoiler.
I wish the car had smaller tires/wheels. Like maybe 195/60/14 or something...I'm sure it would ride a lot smoother. Also the wheels would weigh a lot less. I assume the reason they didn't do that was the big brakes...so maybe they could of just put some smaller drums and that would be just fine for me.
I haven't yet decided whether to order my m5 with the spoiler, but highway stealth won't be a factor. The police will have made a decision to ticket long before the miniscule spoiler is noticed. It's more a matter of function (at speeds I'll never see) vs. aesthetics. I would probably be willing to pay an extra $1500 or so for a trunk lid with comparable integrated aerodynamic modification.
I've decide to keep the m5 badge. The badge is easily removed (I'll remove it), and reapplied later, if a potential buyer wants it. I am told by the dealer that, if you don't get the badge with the car, they can't get one for you later.
I deleted the spoiler after seeing it up close on another car. I do agree with some of the other comments that it looks cheap and like a paste-on afterthought. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so try to see one and then you will know what to do.
My Black/Carmel M5 was ordered with the "Badge Delete" option (i.e. no M5 badges recessed in the forward portion both front door side impact strips nor on the rear decklid). I prefer the stealthy look of the car sans badges.
However, in case I change my mind in the future, I have purchased the following items for potential retrofitting:
Adhesive M-Emblem Part No. 51-14-2-694-404 $33.93
Adhesive "5" Emblem Part No. 51-14-2-693-189
5 Series Front Door Moldings
Part No. 51-13-2-693-353 &
Part No. 51-13-2-693-354
These items are obviously available -- I have them in my possession!