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Why no M3 motor for the 5 series? (archive)

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Posted by Robert Ades on January 30, 2000 at 17:14:03:

We now know with a degree of certainty that the 528i is going to be replaced with a new 3.0 liter engine. Question is, why didn't BMW decide to offer the 3.2 liter engine from the outgong U.S. M3 instead? The old M3 engine had 240 hp, plenty of torque, was very fuel effecient, and was already federalized. It fits neatly in the gap between the 528i and the 540i, and is obviously affordable to manufacture, considering the M3's price.

What gives?

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