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Re: Hey anyone who loves these cars please read. (archive)

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Posted by Ed on June 09, 2001 at 03:06:00:

In Reply to: Hey anyone who loves these cars please read. posted by Ben on June 09, 2001 at 01:18:58:

BMW builds the lardy versions of the M3 because it does not have to build a homologation special anymore.

The only reason we got the E30 M3 is because the FIA required 5000 examples in order to race and rally the car in Grp A. They also required 500 evolution models in order to incorporate the improvements in the race/rally cars. Group A and N live on but the DTM now runs cars more akin to Nascar than the old touring cars. Even in rally, the Grp A has been replaced with WRC which are purpose built cars only loosely based on a production model. Mitsubishi are the last manufacturer running a gruop A car and will go the WRC route in the next version.

Unfortunately those of us who love the homologation specials do not even register on the marketing scale. People want stereos, electric seats, sunroofs, air con etc. Also very few can afford to indulge themselves in a second or third single purpose car. They want it all and a compromise results which is niether here nor there.

My Sport Evo has a radio but I rarely listen to it. Like you say the engine is my music. The flashing headlamps and a big thumbs up from the lorry driver as I exit a hairpin on opposite lock makes my day, not disturbing the quite at a stopligh with a booming bass. On a hot day I do wish for an A/C but I roll the windows down and listen to that exhaust instead.

I would by a lightweight M3 again but it would have to be really light. A homologation special...Please...

As you can see my latest purchase is not a BMW product. They just don't build my kind of sports car just now.


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