I say this all the time but nobody listens to me. None of us matter to BMW. We are a tiny little piece of BMW's profits. Enthusiasts will still have enthusiast options, but BMW has long since ditched the notion that they are only an enthusiast brand.
Driving is about a host of things from comfort and practicality to speed and handling. These cars still do what they're supposed to do. They have the Ultimate Driving dynamics. Sure, it's a shame that you can't exactly feel the crunchy leaf as you drive over it, but the numbers don't lie. BMW's are immensely capable on the road and on the track. And they're incredibly comfortable, which is something that you used to have to buy a Mercedes for. Everyone complained, "wahhhh my BMW rides too stiffly." Well now it doesn't. You got what you wanted at the expense of fanboy justifications.
2001 Audi A6 Allroad 2.7T (C5); 2005 Audi A6 4.2 Quattro (C6); 2005 BMW X5 4.4i (E53); 2008 BMW 535xi Sports Wagon (E61); 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i (F25); 2009 Audi A4 3.2 Quattro Prestige (B8)