Originally Posted by ozinaldo
I sincerely believe that the best recent M car since long time was 1M and that was the reason why I chose it over every other thing despite admiring the E9X M3. In fact, I was closer to buy a Boxster Spyder if 1M wouldn't be available. If BMW M division were able to rush up a "parts bin" car to this point of brilliance and fun I think we have all the reasons to be optimistic about the next M3 since it is benefiting from a much longer and thorough development process compared to the 1M which I consider as its principal test mule anyway.
But you never know, it may not succeed to go far beyond the mule or it may simply miss something essential while trying to please everyone everywhere. We have to wait and see if BMW will make the right calls about its "It Car". I have no doubt that it will be the most controversial and much debated M3 to date merely because of its engine vs. its predecessor's.
If the new M car is a lighter, more fuel-efficient, better looking and more powerful version of the stock 1M, then it will be a very VERY fun car to drive. It will be an improved 1M for the masses. And yes, as someone else said, alot of people will be unhappy about that - fortunately they can buy something NA from Ferrari instead.
But it begs another question. What will power the M2 then? Ie the successor to the 1M. A de-tuned version of the S55? If so, it will be the first time that the only major improvement we see moving into a new M is better fuel-efficiency. At least on paper.
Oh, and by the way, how can someone fully appreciate the fun qualities of the 1M, and in the same sentence say they were close to buying something as clinical as a Boxter?