Originally Posted by ramuman
BMW, MB and Audi are phoning in the use of ///M, AMG and S-Line on their cars. It's pointless. That's what makes it particularly sad when someone puts the ///M trunk logo on a 320i M Sport (my guess based on single exhaust and single pipe, though not familiar with the Japanese market)
Whoever owns that car should've gone full bore delusional and went with the ///M3 instead of the ///M and beat BMW to the punch on the F30.
I don't know if it's really pointless.I mean, if you see a -63 or -65 AMG that is going to be a significant bump in performance from the base model, right? In some cases the -600 may be more powerful, I suppose, but a little softer than the equivalent AMG. Likewise with the ///Ms -- an M3 is a pretty impressive car. A guy I know accidentally saw me out in my little M Coupe and he thought it was an M3, later he showed me the note he wrote to a friend at BMW to ask if my car could beat his supercharged 500HP Shelby Mustang. I was staggered that the M3 actually would.
If you mean that the Ms, AMGs, and S-Lines are common, well, they are. I lost count of the number of M3s I saw in DC when I lived there for a summer -- I was over a hundred in the first few weeks. It seems hard to fault them for not meeting demand; I might fault them for releasing a special limited edition just to create a price bubble for not other reason than manufactured rarity.
I don't know what the F30 is, as I don't really follow car makers, I usually just buy something I like, which seems rather old folks, but is how I roll.