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My thoughts... (archive)

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Posted by J.D. on January 06, 2001 at 13:09:53:

In Reply to: 2001 M coupe disappointments posted by Ben FR on January 06, 2001 at 10:01:14:

1. No sixth gear (overdrive) - I don't know about fifth gear with the new gearing and rev limiter, but for long trips, a sixth gear would be a nice overdrive to keep the noise level down.

Supposedly the 6 speeder doesn't fit... issues with the bellhousing.

2. Identical wheels and dimensions - personally, I would have preferred slightly wider 18" wheels, and a more distinct difference than going from "chrome-shadow" to "satin-chrome"

Different wheels might've been nice... or optional 18 inchers. But I kinda like the current "Roadstars".

3. Same suspension as the 99 and 00 M coupe and the e30 M3 - Come on, the suspension of our cars is over a decade old, and is definitely due for a redesign. Hopefully this will be a feature of the 2002 or 2003 re-designed M coupe.

This is where I'm in FULL agreement with you. The E30's trailing arm suspension was great in it's day... but technology has moved forth. The multilink setup on the 3-Series is one of the best in its class... I wish BMW would put it on the Z3.

4. Less Horsepower/Torque than the M3 - come on, there is no way they couldn't make the hp and tq equal. This is definitely a means to keep the M3 as their flagship ///M car. There is no way that this mysterious horsepower decrease can be explained through engine aspiration.

Personally, 240 HP is enough for the M Coupe. Any increase is an added bonus!

5. Still no keyless entry - I mean come on, isn't time that every car (especially a $45,000+ BMW) has keyless entry. It's ridiculous that this cannot be ordered as an option, only as a $495 accessory from BMW.

That would be nice... considering Keyless entry is an option on even Dodge Neons.

6. Top speed limited at 137mph - What the hell are they thinking? The M3 gets a 155 limiter and the M coupe with the same engine is limited to 137mph even though 155 is easily achievable in 5th gear in the M3 (assuming the gear ratios are the same).

BMW probably figures that most owners won't reach 137 mph, none the less, 155 mph.

7. No optional Xenon headlights - again, the M3 (and M5, Z8, 7-series, 3-series, 5-series) all have Xenons as options, yet the M coupe does not (along with the M roadster and the Z3-series).

Xenons would be nice... and look cool. BMW probably doesn't want to soak too much money into the Z3, since they will be redesigning it within a few years.

8. No apparent aesthetic exterior differences - You would expect at least a face lift or something when an entirely new engine is put into a car, not to mention that all the other BMW series experienced minor cosmetic upgrades.

I agree... might have to do with a future redesign.

9. Identical pedals to first generation M coupe - The new m3 and m5 (and Z8) have a metal rimmed dead pedal. The M coupe is still stuck with the same ugly (but utilitarian) rubber pedalettes.

Agreeded again. Easy aftermarket fix tho.

Jonathan


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