Originally Posted by dmboone25
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.