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The schedule for the new m-models looks in such a way: • At the end of of 2004: new M5 • In the middle of 2005: M6-Coupé • At the end of of 2006: new M3 • At the end of of 2007: M1. Touring it will this time not give a M5 for lack of demand from America probably. With the M1 the notchback Coupé enjoys highest priority - likewise regarding the so important US market.

Where do M4 and M2 remain? It will not give it, because BMW settled the nomenclature and decided nevertheless now against a further splitting up of the series. The topic 2er and 4er row is thus from the table. That receives the M3 to us and gives to us a successor for however completely differently the constituted frontcentral engine-M1 on basis of the new 1er-Reihe.

The red thread, which connects M1, M3 and M5/M6, is motorizing. The rough progressive rate plans three high speed concepts: • 5,0-Liter-V10, 500 HP (M5) • 4,0-Liter-V8, 400 HP (M3) • 3,0-Litersix cylinderReihenmotor, 300 HP (M1). It will give the M3 again as Coupé and Cabriolet. The second karosserievariante of the M1 is still violently discussed - we tap on a three-door steep tail. Conceivablly naturally also a Z4M is roadster as puristic alternative to the open M3.The CSL strategy offers two options: Either lightweight construction becomes the integrating component of all future m-models, or additionally a Topmodell with more achievement is after-pushed and fewer weights. Here the M6 CSL could make the beginning, because in this segment the considerable additional price is more easily interspersable than with the M3 or with the M1.

For the M6 CSL 5.5 litres capacity and 550 HP are expected, the appropriate numbers for the M3 CSL read 4.4 litres and 440 HP. While AUDI with its R-S models and Mercedes Benz with the Highendturbovariants of AMG produce openly ever more achievement, and does not want BMW can against it-hold not unlimited. The development executive committee Burkhard Goeschel pleads therefore for a strategy of the reason: "1000 Kilos are more intelligent in the case of doubt than 1000 HP."

Ulrich Bruhnke would be allowed to do this argumentation trusts to be - finally lightweight construction for it was already with AMG a topic. But the SLR is with 1770 Kilos themselves for a supersports car too heavily, and the smaller P8-Mittelmotor-Coupé still is in the child shoes. Who knows, perhaps the true successor of the legendary McLaren F1 at the end develops nevertheless not from the alliance between Stuttgart and Woking, but in the Teamwork of BMW with Williams...
 

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Given the production volume of these cars, it doesn't make sense to me for BMW to produce two different variants of the M5/M6 motors, i.e., with different displacements and significantly different output. I could understand a little HP differential based on exhaust routing, but I think the M5 and M6 will share their engines. lovelove
 

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Thanx for sharing the info ,, i like trhe weights idea.. hope to have the m6 engine 550 hp as an option or individually made for who is intrested and have deep pockets lovelove
 

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Interesting ideas in this news thread.

I like the idea of a lighter weight body with a bigger engine - what a great combination. The new M3 with the 4litre 500hp engine should also be a real step forward - the M3 needs a V8!!

Nice work BMW M-tech!

Good fortune on the road ahead!
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thanks!
it's easy enough to remeber:
3.0 I6 = 300hp
4.0 V8 = 400hp
5.0 V10 = 500hp (hopefully even better).

i think the M2 and M4 just goes with the M1 and M3; or possibly the coupe sooner than the sedan. the 'split up' is just the naming game.

naming the 1 series hatch M1 is stupid. ouich

BMW needs a spiritual ///M car now - SLR, Carrera GT, Enzo....
even Audi has an LMQ more than likely going into production soon.
 

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BMW needs a spiritual ///M car now - SLR, Carrera GT, Enzo....
It would be cool is they did an M4 CSL where the L was more significant and the engine and suspension were tuned to a yet higher level (500hp, 3000lbs, etc.).

I think the 6-series is too big a chassis to be transformed into this supercar status. In fact, it seems that the 6 was designed from the outside in instead of the inside out. I am disappointed by the functional design of the 6 - it's more like something Mercedes would produce.

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Tom,
that is partially why I am also disappointed with the 6. I also think the basic design is not really special enough for such an expensive vehicle.
 

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Would take anything you read in Autobild with a huge pinch of salt as they are the Auto equivalent of the Sun newspaper in the UK!!!
 
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