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US M3 gets same engine as Europe (more) (archive)

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Posted by ben keyes on April 17, 2000 at 12:01:50:

In Reply to: New M3 in several Euro mags posted by kwillmorth on April 17, 2000 at 10:35:49:

US is getting same engine as Europe. power rating may be slightly different than quoted 343bhp, but recall that E39 M5 was 400hp, then became 394, so the number may creep a bit, but it's the same motor. go over to the E46 M3 message board if you want to wade thru the flames about various crap & read more stuff.

as Bruce has told us numerous times, the new motor is will be available in the M coupe/roadster later on this year. initial reports of start of production of September are likely to slip a bit with limited engine production going to M3's. remember that Europe has had the "old" 3.2l engine in the M roadster & coupe since their initial release on the market, so the engineering is complete for US version, less emissions & fuel economy testing.

additionally, as BMW has all the tooling in place to build coupes at Spartanburg, there is not a lot of reason that they would stop, even if sales are quite low, since they will still make money on them. granted they will make more money on X5's, so there would be an incremental loss in profit if a M/Z3 is produced instead of an X5...

It seems more likely that the current coupe will die off when the Z3 is redesigned in the future, whenever that is.

I read several UK magazines (Car, evo, Top Gear, Autocar) what European magazines have articles ??

Ben Keyes
'99 M coupe
'88 M5

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