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Old 05-12-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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The German automaker BMW is preparing the next generation M3 and a brand new M coupe patterned after the second-generation 1 series to bring to the market in the 2014 model year. The next 3 and 1 series models will be introduced in the latter part of 2012 as a 2013 model. BMW, in its aim to lower displacement and reduction in overall vehicle weight to preserve performance, will return the M3 back to a 6-cylinder unit. The company is still deciding however if itís going to be an inline-six or a V6. The latter would offer better balance and more packaging adaptability; however, an inline-six would be more lightweight, an essential element in the future designs of BMW. BMW is not saying at this point if the new six-cylinder M powerplant, which is not patterned on the present 3.0-liter range, will be a twin turbo or not. Whatís more definite is that itís going to be a turbo six-cylinder unit. The carmaker acknowledges that they have not yet started the M3. The German carmaker is seeking to revive the spirit of the 4-cylinder E30 M3 through a 1 Series M. It was considered an exciting ride although it needs more horses now, between 420 and 450, to provide it with a respectable acceleration rate, unlike twenty years ago. The car comes with impressive stopping and high cornering capabilities. It will come with less than 2900 pounds overall weight and generate a minimum of 300hp, and the company hopes to get the attention of young customers with it. Still in its foundation stage, the BMW M is currently working on its feasibility.
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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interesting to see if they can cramp all those safety feature into something less than 3000lbs
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:52 PM   #3
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i always loved the 1 series.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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So in BMW's world it takes 420 and 450 HP to have respectable acceleration.

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Old 05-12-2009, 05:38 PM   #5
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So in BMW's world it takes 420 and 450 HP to have respectable acceleration.

I think the author messed up there. Probably said in reference to the M3, as in the couple lines, they reiterate the 300 hp mark.

With the 335 at 300, you'd expect the M to be in the 400 range at its probable weight.
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:23 PM   #6
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2900 lbs 1'er with a 400 hp I6 sounds great - while I'm dreaming, can you make it w/fully forged internals, a small turbo with a standard Garrett flange and a 9K redline?
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Going back to a 6-cylinder is great... but lets hope it's NOT a V and they continue on with their legendary Inline layout.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:13 PM   #8
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Going back to a 6-cylinder is great... but lets hope it's NOT a V and they continue on with their legendary Inline layout.
+1 they already went V on a 3 series. Hope it ends soon
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:25 PM   #9
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Hopefully the reduced cylinder count will mean a reduction in price. I love the new M3 but is too $$$$
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