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      03-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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Exclamation Breaking: M President Says Nein to X3M, Z4M and F11 M5 Touring

Breaking: M President Says Nein to X3M, Z4M and F11 M5 Touring
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We bring some news directly from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. We had an opportunity to chat with BMW M President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke earlier today at the show and contrary to earlier reports from BMW insider SCOTT26, Dr. Nitschke ruled out M versions of the current X3 or Z4 for the current generation.

When asked about a possible Z4M, Dr. Nitschke said: "In the current generation we won't bring a Z4M, but for the successor we're thinking about it." Dr. Nitschke went on to say in regards to the X3M: "Also, with the current X3, we won't bring an M version, but with the successor generation we'll see."

The F11 M5 Touring was also ruled out. Again, coming directly from Dr. Nitschke: "with the current M5 we won't bring a touring".

This comes as bad news for E85/6 Z4M owners and E61 M5 owners who were hoping to make a switch to the latest generation M models. But, let's not ignore the underlying message which is BMW acknowledging a look into all possible M models for successor generations. We also wouldn't be surprised if there were M Performance models of the X3 or the Z4, but there's no official word or hint from BMW on the matter yet.

Stay tuned for more coverage from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, including our full interview with M President Dr. Nitschke.