In Reply to: IMPORTANT only 4000 M3's for MY 2001 posted by tc on November 17, 2000 at 02:41:20:
Most of the people on this forum have written contracts that state purchase at MSRP. So no, we're not going to pay 60k. There are some dealers who charge premium over MSRP however most do not.
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.
Excuse?? Long wait?? What are you talking about. BMW has always staggard out model introduction. They are only doing what they always have done. Do you realize how many different 3 series varients there are? '99 sedan, '00 coupe/convertible, '01 M3, '02 compac t?. Not to mention the wagon as well, the new 330, and the Xi. Seems pretty damn logical to me. When your trying to put focus on the introduction of the new coupe you don't steal it's thunder by putting out the M3 in the same year. Cosidering the coupe came out just last year BMW is moving pretty fast. Look how long we had to wait for the last M3.