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post #6856 of 14092
BMW further butchers the "M" symbol.

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M Performance Line to Replace “is” Models in Next-Gen BMWs


BMW’s M Performance line of vehicles will be replacing the brand’s “is” models, we’ve learned from a BMW source. Slotted between the brand’s regular lineup and the true M GmbH–developed high-power cars, the M Performance models are developed in close collaboration with M. On BMW’s home turf in Europe, the first M Performance models are the X5 M50d, the X6 M50d, and the M550d xDrive with a tri-turbocharged straight-six diesel engine, as well as the gasoline-powered M135i hatchback.

The powerful turbodiesels have been added to the lineup, while the M135i comes as the slightly more powerful 1-series M is killed off. In the future, there will be further high-powered M Performance derivatives of various BMW models, including the 3-series coupe or 4-series, and the Z4. M Performance versions will replace the currently offered “is” models. “We won’t make the change right now as it would confuse customers, but with the next model generation change, the successors of these models will be M Performance vehicles,” a BMW source confirmed. The Z4 M35i could come to market in early 2015; the M335i (or M435i) will be launched next year.


The M Performance models don’t follow the purist approach of the true M cars; the M135i, for example, comes with an optional torque-converter automatic instead of a dual-clutch transmission. The turbodiesels also come with conventional automatic gearboxes, and their chassis, as well as the driver interface, is developed from BMW’s regular turbodiesels instead of employing a trickle-down approach from the M5, the X5 M, or the X6 M. The engines used by the M Performance models typically also are used in other BMW models without the M Performance moniker.
post #6857 of 14092

agh what the fuck BMW. 

post #6858 of 14092
bmw figures out yet again how to make more fucking models
post #6859 of 14092
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Originally Posted by jet View Post

bmw figures out yet again how to make more fucking $$$s

ftfy
post #6860 of 14092
hey, it saves time for those douche nozzles that were going to put an M badge on their 328's anyway happy.gif
post #6861 of 14092
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

BMW further butchers the "M" symbol.

I think it's an america only things, as we don't get the is models (except for the z4 35is)
post #6862 of 14092
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The M Performance models don’t follow the purist approach of the true M cars

The Ultimate Driving Riding Machine.

Getting there.
post #6863 of 14092
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Originally Posted by thekunk07 View Post

all right need some help. looking for something to add to the arsenal.
choices so far:
2004 or 2005 s4
2011 import rs3
or something else audi and fast and pre-owned and around 30k at most. any opinions?


There is a video on youtube where a well known car reviewer drives all of the s4's and compares them to each other. He really likes the 2004 one and loved the engine.
post #6864 of 14092
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Originally Posted by BrianVarick View Post

There is a video on youtube where a well known car reviewer drives all of the s4's and compares them to each other. He really likes the 2004 one and loved the engine.

Chris Harris reviewed the newest RS4 and compared it to the B5 and B7. Youtube is blocked at work, otherwise I'd link it. It's on the Drive youtube channel.

*edit* here you go
Edited by whiteslashasian - 8/28/12 at 4:02pm
post #6865 of 14092
Anyone here ever have experience with importing a car into the US? Just wondering how much of a headache it would be to get a used RS4 Avant into the States.
post #6866 of 14092
it's a pain in the ass, i just looked into it
post #6867 of 14092
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post




The period blood red Lexus is vomit inducing, especially since it's been unsuccessfully and garishly modified to make it less of a 40-yr old woman's daily driver.

The Supra makes up for the offense to the eyes, at least partially. Nice car.
post #6868 of 14092
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Originally Posted by razl View Post

The Ultimate Driving Riding Machine.
Getting there.
they already make the Ultimate Riding Machine -

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post #6869 of 14092
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Originally Posted by razl View Post

The Ultimate Driving Riding Machine.
Getting there.

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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

they already make the Ultimate Riding Machine -
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Ahhh, but cursed with a face only a mother could love:

post #6870 of 14092
I finally drove a RHD car - overall, the driving part was easy. No problems with the clearances on that passenger side as I went down small alleys, etc. The lanes on the highways here are incredibly small though, and people actually drive very fast, I think traffic was going about 120kph in an 80 and there were plenty of cars, as you can imagine. I think I drove for about 4 hours yesterday. The only problems I had at first were remembering to get over to the left after making a turn, and then I am not so used to people making lane changes as fast as they do in Asia. It's like Gran Turismo on the hardest setting, except if you crash you actually die. lol. That curbside lane is supposed to be open but there's always people loading/unloading and you really gotta stay out of that lane.
I just rented a little shitbox from the gas station down the street, only cost $30 plus $10 for insurance. I should rent it more often and practice driving more. I was actually surprised, it looked so crappy (and it was, pretty much - that little 1.3L engine is so rough that the rearview mirror wouldn't stop vibrating and everything I saw in it was a blur) - but this car (Daihatsu YRV turbo, AWD) looked like a Kei car but had the double-sized engine and AWD - drove fairly well, considering. It had lots of grunt out of the toll gates when that tiny turbo spooled up and the grip was pretty decent, lol. I have had that EG Civic hatchback before and I honestly expected the Daihatsu to be equally as shitty a driving experience, but it wasn't. I'd actually want one of these things to cane on all the time if it wasn't so embarrassing looking from the outside.

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