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Old Tue, Mar-30-2010, 07:02:02 PM   #41
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The report claims that the company will send the efficient drivetrain packing in favor of a more robust twin-turbo V8 powerplant sourced from the current M3.
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Forget a turbo version of the M3 V8, just make that baby bigger. The 4.6 liter stroker makes what 527 hp? Imagine what it could be if it was 5 liters like the new Mustang or even 6+ liters like the Vette and Merc AMG cars. Come on BMW, don't do FI, go with a bigger engine and much lighter weight. If the Vette can get 28 mpg, why can't a M car?
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The M3 is just over 20 years old. The Corvette is 55 years old. The M3 changed from I4 to I6 after just four years, so it's not like some grand tradition was being broken when it changed from I6 to V8 14 years later. The Corvette has essentially been exclusively V8 since 1955 (55 years).

Short version: The Corvette as an FR V8 car is a *slightly* more established vehicle than the I6 M3. A better comparison is the 911. If someone told me it was going to change to a front-mounted V8 tomorrow, I'd say "then it won't be a 911 any longer." The purists would simply reject it.
Agreed, my point was to simply say how many e46 m3 owners bitched about the new engine and that was on a car that may have a strong cult following but is not as established in terms of life span as the corvette. So I can not even imagine what those guys are gonna be saying when and if this actually happens. Although I think many buyers would now consider the vette with increased fuel efficiency and new design. The market is weird like that sometimes, also think that many vette owners are purists they just want the best bang for their buck. IMO
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Forget a turbo version of the M3 V8, just make that baby bigger. The 4.6 liter stroker makes what 527 hp? Imagine what it could be if it was 5 liters like the new Mustang or even 6+ liters like the Vette and Merc AMG cars. Come on BMW, don't do FI, go with a bigger engine and much lighter weight. If the Vette can get 28 mpg, why can't a M car?

Comparison to a Vette is silly - it's a COMPLETELY different type of motor.
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Comparison to a Vette is silly - it's a COMPLETELY different type of motor.
Yeah, my fondness for the Vette and its LS3/LS7 plants is well known, but there's zero direct comparison here. They're actually fairly revvy motors all things considered, but BMW is not going to put a big-torque, high-CID engine in any car. Just isn't going to happen.

Writing's on the wall... the era of NA in BMW M cars is almost certainly over. We'll have to see if they can still supply cars I care about.
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Yeah, my fondness for the Vette and its LS3/LS7 plants is well known, but there's zero direct comparison here. They're actually fairly revvy motors all things considered, but BMW is not going to put a big-torque, high-CID engine in any car. Just isn't going to happen.

Writing's on the wall... the era of NA in BMW M cars is almost certainly over. We'll have to see if they can still supply cars I care about.
Agreed. And at this point, BMW does not supply a car I care about... current gen M3 included. Like so many others before.. my next car will probably be a Porsche...
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Agreed. And at this point, BMW does not supply a car I care about... current gen M3 included. Like so many others before.. my next car will probably be a Porsche...
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