In Reply to: IMPORTANT only 4000 M3's for MY 2001 posted by tc on November 17, 2000 at 02:41:20:
What is BMW’s excuse for making M3 fans wait so long since they were last able to buy a new E36 version, way back in ’99? After all, it’s been more than 30 months since the E46 sedan launched (AW, March 2, 1998). According to M3 project manager Siegfried Friedmann, the M division had to wait until the everyday 3 Series Coupe was well along (AW, April 12, 1999) before the sports version could take shape
However, he says, the two teams worked closely together, and his people were able to do some advance engineering in one respect: All E46 unibodies were designed from the outset to take the cornering loads the M version would generate.