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M5inPA said:
hi guys,

ask him how sturdy and durable will the new M5 be?
i wonder if all the technology and the stress on the SMG
will be problematic in the real world.
good question, but i doubt he'll say anything bad about the car though. :hihi:
 

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hkevolution said:
Please ask him if there is any chance of a M"X3"

the car is way too slow, and needs a bigger engine
X5 is introduced for a long time now, and the only performance variante of such model is X5 4.8is. also i think Bruhnke said MX5 just doent fit in M's image, the same goes to M7.

base on those, i highly doubt there'll be a MX3.
maybe something like X3 3.5is is more likely.
 

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hkevolution said:
I guess its just another hope for me. remember how nice the Lemans X5 looked?
even an X3 4.4 (if they can fit the engine in) should be great.
Please do go there... AWD + M = :nono:



Anyway, my questions would be:

1. Will M make any kind of 2-seater in the near future? As a sports/high performance car specialist that was founded with a strong racing heritage, does he think M's current line-up lacks a 2-seater? (My intention with this question is to ask about M's plan for the Z4. But instead of asking directly, I thought we might get some interesting info if he wouldn't ignore this question. )

2. What does he think about making an M car that is not based on any series production model? Or in other words, an M car created by M from scratch. Is M capable of doing a such project right now? If not would they develop M towards that direction?

3. In BMW Car magazine's interview, he talked about a mid-engined M. I understand it's most likely a supercar concept, but would M consider a mid-engined coupe that can rival the F430 or the likes? Or in other words, a $150k, non-series-model-based coupe that is more focused, more serious and less GT-like than the M6. (see my explanation below)

4. If they were to make a new supercar, would it be a 100% in-house development, or would they collaborate with aother manufacturer/specialist as a partner?

I hope he would answer these questions. Personally, I'd be much happier to hear positive things regarding #3 than #4. They made a Z8 as a tribute to the 507, I think it's about time to make a mid-engined coupe (not a supercar, but a very useble, very practical coupe) to echo the M1, which was the first user-friendly mid-engined sports car. With BMW M's brand image, the car will sell like hot cakes on a limited production run. And that will definitely further establish M's reputation in the sports car world.

EDIT: made some changes and added some explanations
 

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Good quesions MAQ!

1) Ask them if there will ever be an ///M Powered Diesel?
2) Why the new V10 sounds like a diesel when idle? Couldnt they have atleast made it sound like a petrol car!?
 

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Awesome questions Maq! Definately the top ones. I agree that BMW should look more to the mid-engine coupe to "compete" with the Ferrari/Lambo/etc coupes in that range. I'd also bet that they couldn't make enough of them!

Combined with that is the question of directions the car would take. Would it use the engine from the M5/6 or something different (like a V12 or I6 or the rumored V8 from the upcoming M3)?

I doubt that they would ever make a M diesel, would violate too many of their own rules. Although the power put out by the new one....
 

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M6 cabrio: will it happen

Lightweight versions: on which vehicles, if any. If they do a lightweight sedan, will they badge it "CSL"? Wouldn't a more appropriate name be "SSL"? But would that draw the wrong kind of attention to the car? And could they possibly just call it a "SL" but would that anger MB? (MB named their M class ML out of respect to BMW M)

SMG: will they ever go back to a stick shift transmission.

Styling: The M cars usually look better than their series counterparts, does M have to run its design changes by the head of design (aka Chris Bangle) or do they get carte blanche?

Dynamic Drive (active anti-roll bars): How come M did not put this on the M5? Weight?

Active Steering: How come M did not put this on the M5? Inconsistent during variable speed cornering? Not enough feel? Adds too much weight?

EDC: How does M's EDC compare to that on the series BMWs, like the E65 7. I drove one of these for a while and it had 2 modes- neither was satisfactory: sport: ride was so hard it was harder than a M5; comfort: the car became too floaty- like driving ann old Caddy!

Product planning: What changes does he see his tenure bringing? Will there be a wider array of M cars offered? Will they try to be like AMG and offer a M version of each model line? I personally think an M7 would be a bad idea.

Engine technology: will M ever turn to forced induction? If so, which will it be? Supercharging or turbocharging? How about using electric motors, like on hybrids, but this time for the purpose of adding extra power when you downshift.
 

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maq said:
Anyway, my questions would be:

1. Will M make any kind of 2-seater in the near future?
2. What does he think about making an M car that is not based on any series production model? Or in other words, an M car created by M from scratch.
3. In BMW Car magazine's interview, he talked about a mid-engined M.
4. If they were to make a new supercar,
I hope he would answer these questions.
EDIT: made some changes and added some explanations
Good questions, but I think all of them will be decided above Mr Bruhnke; i.e. by the Board. As important as they are, they are probably just too "big" questions by one man to share, still nonetheless interesting to hear his views.
 

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Tom_K said:
Whatever you do, don't mention your page started the Fire Chris Bangle petition. :hihihi: ;)
No,do mention this site and refer him specifically to the petition to fire Bangle and ask him if he sees any connection between the universal disdain for Bangles designs and slumping sales in the US. Ask him if there is any chance of luring the present chief designer from MB, since this man knows how to design automotive eye candy. After all, that is where they got Bangle from!

I wouldn't worry about offending this guy (Bangle), with any luck maybe if he sees how truly unappreciated his work with BMW is, he will quit to become a Tibetan Monk!
 

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Gustav, ask him what BMW will offer to compete with the new Audi RS4 with 450 HP V8 (NA). Sedan versions have been photographed on the Ring. Will BMW offer an E90 M3 sedan?
 

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Not for now. M6 CSL makes more sence and they have done a M6 Prototype. But BMW never answers on questriosn related to future products ??????

KIP said:
Hi Gustav!

Please ask him if there will be a M5 CSL. Also if there will be an M7!

Thanks!
 

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Hi Gustav, It seems that many BMW M series customers are frustrated by the lack of a manual transmission in the E60 M5. SMG would make a nice option, but should not be the only transmission. For vehicle control, longevity, and pure driving pleasure the manual is the only transmission for me. What about the upcoming M3? Will




QUOTE=Gustav]Ask away and Ill try to answer the questions directly in this thread if they have been answered before.

:M5launch:[/QUOTE]
 

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Gustav, there is a "big" discussion in another thread about the availability of the M6 - and the discussions there are not actually revealing in anyway. Let's hope Mr Bruhnke can give you some hints. (I'm actually not fussed about the M6 specifications; we can already intelligently guess those based on the M5, but availability is the big question). Thanks.
 
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