Originally Posted by Rasher
I hate to say it but I expect that the 3 Series will be marketed and engineered more toward the young professional non-enthusiast types in the future. The types that buy v-6 Mustangs, except with more money. This will be especially true once the 4 Series 4 door coupe comes out. I expect that they will market and engineer this as the performance version while the 3 will be the easy to drive, bland vehicle for people that just want a BMW to drive.
I at least hope so because I had an f30 335xi as a loaner for a few days and it was nice but it reminded me way too much of my old A6. Granted, the 335 had more power but driving and size wise, they seemed similar. I swear the f30 is bigger though. So if the 4 series isn't more fun to drive, I don't know that I would buy a newer BMW.
Couldnt agree more. I think BMW is living on the brilliant marketing to young professionals over the last few years. I would bet that a large majority of these cars get sold to non enthusiasts. Most 3ers up here are awd (therefore not sport suspension etc) and it can be difficult to find a manual trans.
Times are changing. Mercedes is leading the sales race and they don't offer a manual trans. Audi is catching them both. I hope/think that the 4 will address a lot of these concerns. I think the 4 coupe looks AMAZING.