Originally Posted by kaykay
0-60 in 3.7?
Keep dreaming guys
The fact that R&T got the E92 to hit 3.9 is irrelevant; they had a perfect launch, strong motor, perfect conditions (weather, elevation, tires, humidity, etc.).
New M3 will be advertised as a "4.2-4.3" 0-60mph car, with mags hitting 3.8 or so, maybe 3.9 again, one lucky magazine might get it to 3.7, again, with perfect conditions and settings.
Current M is advertised as a 4.7[4.5] 0-60 car (latter being DCT); marketing alone says they won't drop down half a second! They'll cannibalize their own brand.
If BMW wants to steal C63 AMG (w/ Performance Package) sales, they should advertise this car as a 0-60 in 4.2 car. And if they have a brain they should offer a Performance Package for extra HP/TQ like AMG does. Everyone would buy it.
Car will also be heavier than the current one.
Wow, talk about self contradictory. It is VERY likely that there will be a 3.7-3.8 0-60 "outlier" sort of time for the new M3. You say not but then follow that right up with OK yeah it will happen.
Who cares what time BMW will publish, their times are and always have been supremely conservative.
Last but not least the new car has a VERY good shot at being lighter than the existing car. Some of the educated guesses are in this post
but other more detailed comparisons and justifications for this conclusion are scattered around in various other posts.