In Reply to: You completely missed my point. posted by TD on October 07, 1999 at 10:35:21:
: I think you've truly hit on something here and I'm surprised none of the car magazines (at least that I've read) haven't picked up on that. It's almost like the de-evolution of the car as the enthusiast's choice. I bet the marketing plan is to move such minded people over to the M series vehicles, which may have contributed to their thinking in developing the, presumably, awesome M5. We also need to remember that when an automobile manufacturer makes a dramatic change in the body shape of a vehicle they absolutely must have a multi-year plan in mind as to where that design can go. Witness the Miata. While it appeared to be this virtually perfect little retro car when it was intro'd in '90, it had to and did evolve stylistically otherwise it would have become totally stale. While I think they may have taken the E36 pretty much as far as they could have in one direction, i don't think the new 3 series has the same potential and
could--conceivably get softer and softer. I think the absolute best case for a car evolving and re-gaining it's edge has to be the '98 corvette, which virtually re-invented itself PROVING that if the company is of the mind, the edge can remain.