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Old 06-29-2000, 01:17 AM   #1
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Post 2001 M3 on freeway

I don't know if this is of any interest to any of you (since it's a subie site), but a week ago i was on my way to work when i saw a new BMW coupe. i noticed it had flared fenders, so i sped up and realized it was a my2001 M3 (340hp). it had the 328(?)ci rear bumper, but it was completely debadged, had dealer plates, the M3's quad exhaust tips, and some massive rubber. by the time i got up to the side of it, I had to exit (damn traffic), but i still caught a glimpse of the black rubber flaps covering the new fender vents. Good job disguising it, BMW, I had no idea what it was (haha). Some older guy with a white beard was driving it. Pretty cool, at least i thought it was.

PS- If you didn't see my last post, i have to get a new car since i totalled my truck. Of course the RS is on my list, but i'm open to other options (i have a budget). Give me your opinons, please!
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Old 06-29-2000, 01:37 AM   #2
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I know your description is pretty vague, but a little inductive reasoning makes me think that the guy you saw is the same fella I saw driving a VehiCross in San Diego about 8mos before they went on the mkt. The cars obviously exist already, and they must be here as dealer demos, or for magazine reviews. Good lookin' out!
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Old 06-29-2000, 01:40 AM   #3
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The E46 M3 is going to be a killer car. Just wish BMW could take more steps to keep the curb weight down.
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Old 06-29-2000, 06:25 AM   #4
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I was lucky to see two really freakin' cool cars yesterday. 1 M5 in dark blue and a dark green F355 Spyder. I was following the Sypder for a little bit on some side streets. I turned off my radio and put the windows down so I could hear his engine. I even stayed off of my gas so my intake, exhuast and supercharger wouldnt cover up the music that his car was making....
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Old 06-29-2000, 06:47 AM   #5
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I got to drive a Spyder last weekend, my g/f's uncle loves to show it off apparently, and when I knew what it was and a bunch of random facts about it he was like "you ever driven a Ferrari?"

damn they're loud...

sweet about the M3, I've loved those since I was in high school, always said I'd get one before I was 30, guess that's not a bad step up from an A4

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Old 06-29-2000, 04:58 PM   #6
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Have a Nice Day?

Not too sure about it having 340hp as I last heard US get a de-tuned version of the new M3
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Old 06-29-2000, 05:10 PM   #7
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Hey going back to the car thing - the more I get into these - don't buy an RS unless you want to spend a ridiculous amount of money getting the thing to perform anywhere near reasonably
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Old 06-29-2000, 05:17 PM   #8
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From BMW:
Driving enthusiasts have passionately anticipated the arrival of the new M3 coupe like no other BMW. They have 13 years of uncompromising M3 performance to whet their appetite. Around the world, automotive journalists bestowed accolades and awards, such as "Car of the Year" and "Best Handling Car," on its successor. Now the new M3 is reality-the fastest and most powerful M3 ever built.
At its heart, an M-designed 3.2-liter, twin-cam, 24-valve, naturally aspirated, six-cylinder engine producing a pulse-pounding 330 horsepower* and road-conquering 255 foot-pounds of torque.* Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, that's enough motivation to launch the new M3 coupe from standstill to 60 miles per hour in merely 5.2 seconds.** Of course, there's superb M handling and braking to match.

Looks don't deceive. Aluminum hood with a "power dome"...flared fenders...aggressive front bumper...front fender vent gills, reminiscent of legendary BMWs...the new M3's shape signals its capabilities. The cabin is a blend of serious driving essentials and tasteful luxury.

The new M3. It's already a legend. At your local BMW center late this year.

*preliminary data
**BMW of North America, Inc., test results. Actual acceleration results may vary, depending on specification of vehicle, road, and environmental conditions; testing procedures; and driving style. These results should be used for comparison only and verification should not be attempted on public roads. BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.

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Old 07-01-2000, 08:18 PM   #9
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Come on, people! I thought that people on an Impreza board would go with a turbo AWD choice.

I would get an Audi S4 and make up the price difference in mods.
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Old 07-01-2000, 10:43 PM   #10
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ya know, i believe the M3 is one of the world's best handling RWD imports... i would CERTAINLY take the new M3 over an impreza turbo, sorry hehe

and i dunno why, but ive always hated VW's with a passion...

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Old 07-01-2000, 10:48 PM   #11
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EH... the M3 is MADE to go FAST!!! The Impreza turbo, aern't there some engineering compromises in there??

If I was given a choice ->M3
If I was given enough dough to buy an M3... ->Impreza turbo - with the balance going towards mods to remove those little compromises...
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Old 07-02-2000, 02:13 AM   #12
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since we are on a german tangent...anyone know if the Audi RS4 is going to make it to the states? I picked up a catalogue while i was in Berlin and it looks very mean. Now that is a brutal AWD car.
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Old 07-02-2000, 03:30 AM   #13
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There are plenty of engineering compromizes in the M3, why do you think it tips the scales at 3450lbs(too much luxury compromizing all that performance). Now the M3 lightwieght on the otherhand, thats like an ITR with 340hp and RWD. Last I heard BMW has no plans to bring the lightweight to the US though.
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Old 07-02-2000, 04:54 AM   #14
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Thumbs up

RS4 is coming to the states in 2001 or 2000(Audi most likely 2001 as a 2002 model)it will have approximately 430 hp have 18" wheels, a taughter suspension, and the same 2.7TTV6 as the S4 and S4 Avant, except tuned to make 430 hp. It will have AWD as well as a number of other upgrades and amneties.

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Old 07-02-2000, 09:08 PM   #15
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I saw a 2001 M3 in Seattle. It said M3 on the back and was a simmilar color to the 2000 Civic Si. The moron driving it isn't going to last long in it though. He was weaving all around and doing about 20 over in heavy trafic. Looked good though. For the same payments, I would trade in the Sube.
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