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Old 07-24-2003, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, just issue of Autocar, since it had BMW all over it. I would of scaned the whole thing, but dont have a scanner. anyhow some info

the M3 will be powered by a V8, badged M4 (Due 2006)

V10 M5 and M6 Coupe.

Under BMW's new badge structure, odd numbers are for saloon and estate bodystyles (1, 3, 5 and 7), even numbers for coupes and cabriolets (2, 4 and 6).
BMW has registered the names M2, M4 and M6 as part of its sport car expansion.

There are also secret plans for a series of lightweight CSL specials that take advantage of BMW's growing expertise in carbonfibre - which flowed directly from its involvement in F1 with Williams. These CLS models will stay true to their heritage, with lightweight construction and even more powerful V8 and V10 engines.

The biggest gamble in BMW's radical M-car strategy is the creation of two very different M3 and M4 models. In a move to broaden the appeal of today's two-door-only M3, the German car maker will transform it into saloon and estate variants, creating direct rivals to the Audi S4, the current Mercedes C32 AMG and forthcoming C55.

The New M3 will be based on the next-generation 3-series, due out in 2005 and codenamed E90.
BMW is replacing the two-door 3-series with a seperate and dramatic 4-series range of coupes and cabriolets in 2006 - and a hot M4 in the pipeline.

The new M4 won't major on interior room or versatility, it is designed to be more of a head-turner to andswer criticism that today's 3-series saloon and coupe look too similar.

Major news for the M3 and M4 duo is that adoption of V8 power. Munich plans to fit the new M3 and M4 with a new V8 powerplant developing some 400bhp. The V8 is likely to be pegged at 4.0 litres with a drive sent to the rear wheels as usual via an updated version of BMW's SMG sequential manual gearbox or a traditional six-speed manual.
Although the longitudinally, front-mounted V8 lump will add weight over the front axle, it will be offset by the move to light-weight, hybrid construction on all new 3- and 4-series.
As in the new 5- and 6-series, the load-bearing structure forward of the windscreen will be aluminium, cutting weight and contributing to a 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
This should help the new M3 and M4 retain the impressive handling and on-the-limit poise that has been part-and-parcel of the M-car line-up through the years.

If thats not enough, wait for the rumoured M4 CSL, which will use flyweight carbonfibre body panels to reduce mass and engine mods to boost power output - creating the most devastating small BMW ever.

M5 - BMW's M Division will be busy unleashing its most powerful M5 to date, Out goes the 4.9litre V8, to be replaced by the nearest thing an onroad Formula One engine. Boasting a brand new 5.5-litre V10 powerplant. The F1 inspired engine is reckoned to displace some 5.5 litres with a heady maximum output of 500bhp, in addition, torque has swelled to over 450lb ft.
The M5 will come with two different options a traditional six-speed manual and a new six-speed automatic. This ZF-engineered auto is designed mainly for the potentially lucrative US market.

M6 - The M6 will be powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.5 litre V10 engine as the M5. With a similar 500bhp, it should give the M6 a 0-60mph time well below 5.0sec. Top speed will be pegged at 155mph, but like all M-cars, the mechanical package is being tested to a more authetic 186mph.
As the flagship of BMW's future M-car line-up, he new M6 will almost certainly be offered in a limited-volume CSL model around three years into its planned five-year cycle.

Word is that BMW could also provide future CSL models with more powerful engines to futhur enhance performance. A 550bhp V10-powered M6 CSL could become the fastest roadgoing BMW ever to wear the hallowed M badge.
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hmm i dont know if bmw is that predictable, but we'll see. i hope they do start to add csl versions to more models tho
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eh...ill stick with my more "ancient" engine...i dont like all this new technology
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you see? you see??!!?! this is why i need more money!!!
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i can't wait to see the 6 series in person, i hope it comes out ok.
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I don't see BMW making all those radical changes in such a short time period..why mess around so much when BMW sale's numbers have been consistently high?? Although there has been a dip lately..
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