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    Next Generation BMW M3

    This showed up at GFC today, it looks like a photoshop, but it's a good photoshop :

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    The Nissan Primera rear :

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    nice photoshop... but anyway, I think there won't be M3 anymore, that it'll be called M4 or at least that's what I've heard. The reason for this would be that the next 3 series coupe versions will simply be called 4 series and 3 series will stand for the 4 door ones

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    What was the name of the guy in charge of BMW's new design? Chris Bangle, right?
    Remind me to send him a thank-you note for making my Porsche look even better next to the new BMW series
    I really acknowledge the handling and power of the top beemers, but the design is so disharmonious that I lack words to describe it.
    Cant wait to see how the M3/M4 handles, tho.
    Thanks for the pics

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    Hope it ends up looking better than this!

    I really like the current M3, in fact it was a v close call between that and the 987....

    Obviously this is a 4 door anyway and supposedly the coupe is going to look a bit further removed from the 4 door, hence the 3 series, 4 series thing...


    Anybody know when we'll see first pics of the coupe???

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    Arrixok said:
    nice photoshop... but anyway, I think there won't be M3 anymore, that it'll be called M4 or at least that's what I've heard. The reason for this would be that the next 3 series coupe versions will simply be called 4 series and 3 series will stand for the 4 door ones


    But I heard that they're going to use only 3-series for both 4 and 2 drs after their marketing research. The pics are 4 drs anyway...

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    Arrixok said:
    ...I think there won't be M3 anymore, that it'll be called M4 or at least that's what I've heard. The reason for this would be that the next 3 series coupe versions will simply be called 4 series and 3 series will stand for the 4 door ones



    AFAIK, that ridiculous marketing idea has been abandoned.

    Greg A

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    teflon said:
    Quote:
    Arrixok said:
    ...I think there won't be M3 anymore, that it'll be called M4 or at least that's what I've heard. The reason for this would be that the next 3 series coupe versions will simply be called 4 series and 3 series will stand for the 4 door ones



    AFAIK, that ridiculous marketing idea has been abandoned.

    Greg A


    Heard the same. It will be M3 again.

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    they will not abandon the M3 name, it has value.

    old news

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    hey rossi maybe you should quote JEREMEY CLARKSON

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    I wonder how much the thing will weigh. According to Car and Driver, the 330i gained 150 pounds from the e46 to e90. It's 3450 pounds now for a 330i. I'm used to cars gaining an incremental 50 pounds every generation (although I don't like it), but 150 is ridiculous.

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    Yeah, it's going to be more of an Audi S4 than a 911 rival

    I think the 1 series will be the sportscar in the lineup...

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    grant you can't be serious, the 1 series is a clownshoe hatchback hothatch...

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    The M3 name is going to be used for the coupe, convertible and saloon variants. The 4- series and M4 is, apparently, to be used for the coupe- cabriolet folding hard top version of the 3 series. by doing this BMW can compete with Mercedes et al, whilst not alienating its core M buyer - who want a light practical performance car. Seems like overkill, i know, - but this is what i've heard.

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    Moogle said:
    grant you can't be serious, the 1 series is a clownshoe hatchback hothatch...



    They'll make it in lots of styles (coupe, cabrio, sedan, wagon) and the M1 Coupe will have the current 333hp M3 motor and a pretty light and stiff structure. Won't be beautiful, but probably more fun to drive than the M3...

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    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    grant you can't be serious, the 1 series is a clownshoe hatchback hothatch...



    It's the same thing as the Cayman/911 situation. A Cayman GT3 that's midengined and lighter than a 911 version would be optimal, but Porsche would never do it. They'd [censored] off some 911 owners and the hardcore bunch (like me) would still buy a GT3 (I'm crossing my fingers that by 2006 I can swing a 997).

    I have a 2815 pound 325is. It's much smaller than an e90, but I've had 5 people in it. It's decently comfortable with 4, but what do I care, I'm the driver and most of the miles are with me commuting alone. Compared to a 911, I consider it very practical to just have 5 seats and I like the size so that I can get through traffic and into parking spots easily. If I wanted a larger car, the 5 series is available, but instead BMW has grown the 3 series. So the 1 series is now more comparable to my old 3 series in terms of weight and size. An M1 would be a wonderful car, but BMW would be careful for it not to nip at the m3's heels, even though IMHO it's the better platform simply because it's smaller.

     
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