Originally Posted by kardboard
Everyone needs to get used to the "4 series" and quick. Enough of the heritage b.s. (although I get completely where you are coming from. 4 Series BMW is here to stay; including the M4. Have some fucking respect for our brand.
I so disagree w/ this sentiment, but I have held back commenting until I read your post for, IMO, you have come at this from a very
different angle from the typical M3 aficionado
First, we are the customers
, who have been committed buyers of the marque. Accordingly the marque owes us respect as regards the heritage.
Second, the first M3 was a 2-door. And so it should remain. A 911 is a 911 is a 911.
Porsche knows better than to screw up a classic's heritage.
When Porsche added the 4-dr P-car at least they added it under a different model.
Third, if anything, BMW AG should have given the 1st 4-dr M3 a different moniker (M2?), and kept M3 for the 2-dr.
It's a totally egregious marketing exercise that the 'bean counters' & marketing gurus came up with as a product line-up:
M3 to RS4
M4 to RS5
M5 to RS6
and use a similar pricing model, ie squeeze some incremental margins from the punters who won't give a sh&t about the M3 to M4 change and the inherent flouting of a proud heritage. Respect? Riiiiiiggghht .. wish the M4 product profile had asked some of their customers.
In sum: I guess my next car's a 911 (been buying Bimmers since 80s).