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why I think they won't offer it... (archive)

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Posted by jedinite on November 15, 2000 at 12:55:16:

In Reply to: Re: M3 track time at PDC? posted by M3rr on November 15, 2000 at 11:58:21:

Several reasons:
  • the M3 is not as expensive as the M5. The margins are not as excessive (look at the difference in price between the 540i and the M5, vs. the 330i and the M3).
  • the M3 will be produced in much greater numbers than the M5 (we can hope). First year numbers might not be that great, but should still be 3x to 4x the number of M5's sold in 2001. And the M3 will have a much larger production run
  • The M5 isn't obviously as sporty as the M3. I think part of the driving school was intended (IMHO) to increase satisfaction of those who bought the M5, to let them know that the car had more potential than the land-whale it feels like at first drive (once you get past the gut-wrenching braking and acceleration and on to the handling, I mean).
  • Because the schools are already getting crowded
  • Because anyone who wants to can take the class (or others) on a pay-per basis, this way they don't factor it into the cost of the car
  • Because the car already has enough safety built in with DSC and factory-induced understeer that safety isn't such an issue

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