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      01-16-2012, 05:23 PM   #239
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Originally Posted by dmboone25 View Post

No one has seen the next-generation M cars, so I don't know how this assumption can be made. Besides, I thought too much technology is what is keeping the M cars from being the "driver's car" as they once were.

It isn't the technology that separates M cars from the rest, but rather the driving experience, right?
Perhaps that's true, and maybe I focused too much of my response on the technology portion of the current M lineup.

You are more accurate in your response by mentioning the superior driver's feel of a proper ///M car--and I completely agree with that statement. For instance, my 2008 135, with JB4 and other bolt ons was very fast in a straight line. But it was no comparison to the feeling that driving my dad's Z4MC provided. The Z4MC was more engaging, more of a thrill, better in every bend, and significantly more special.

My overall point is that whatever seperates M cars from regular BMWs should stay in the Ms. Whether that's technology based, engine based, lightness, whatever. If 40% or 50% or whatever % of that M specific feel or technology is what BMW determines what this BS M performance model should contain, I think overall that it is a dilution of the brand.
Current - 2015 981 Cayman S
Past rides: 2014 F22 M235 - MT, CWP / 2011 E82 135 - LBM, N55, DCT / 2008 E82 135 - AW, N54, MT
2007 E92 328 - JB, N52, MT, ZSP (traded in for 135)
2007 E92 328 - JB, N52, MT (retired by a drunk driver)