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      10-18-2011, 01:49 PM   #23
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$50 says its a 3.3L V6
i.e an M5 engine with a quarter chopped off
let me know when you heard that before...
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      10-18-2011, 02:06 PM   #24
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It's a cannibalized F30 prototype. It is cost effective to use existing bodies over the next generation chassis especially in this stage of development.
There are other cars like this each using each example of powerplant and less finished.

Cosmetics are not important at this stage as this is about what is going on underneath.
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Maybe this has something to do with the different engine configurations. If BMW is indeed still undecided on the power train, maybe they are performing some tests with an engine configuration they have available in an earlier prototype.
They ARE NOT ALLOWED to loose the quad exhaust.
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It's a cannibalized F30 prototype. It is cost effective to use existing bodies over the next generation chassis especially in this stage of development.
There are other cars like this each using each example of powerplant and less finished.

Cosmetics are not important at this stage as this is about what is going on underneath.
Scott26 says I was right!!!!
Just kidding. The wait is killing me though.
Now please Scott26 tell us there will be quads ...
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      10-18-2011, 02:19 PM   #26
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It's a cannibalized F30 prototype. It is cost effective to use existing bodies over the next generation chassis especially in this stage of development.
There are other cars like this each using each example of powerplant and less finished.

Cosmetics are not important at this stage as this is about what is going on underneath.
ah that makes sense. thanks scott!!
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      10-18-2011, 02:33 PM   #28
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SCOTT - what comes first to market, F80 M3 or F25 X3 M?
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      10-18-2011, 02:43 PM   #29
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SCOTT - what comes first to market, F80 M3 or F25 X3 M?
Considering there might be no F25M I'd say F80 M3.


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$50 says its a 3.3L V6
i.e an M5 engine with a quarter chopped off
let me know when you heard that before...
THIS. Exactly what I was thinking.

They did the same with the previous E60 M5 V10, chopped two cylinders off, tuned it, and put it in the E92 M3. I wouldn't be surprised if they did the same from the current F10 M5 (V8TT) to the future F80 M3 (V6 TT).
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It always amazes me how many members make judgements about the design based on a highly camouflaged test mule. It's asinine at best.
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It's a cannibalized F30 prototype. It is cost effective to use existing bodies over the next generation chassis especially in this stage of development.
There are other cars like this each using each example of powerplant and less finished.

Cosmetics are not important at this stage as this is about what is going on underneath.
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It always amazes me how many members make judgements about the design based on a highly camouflaged test mule. It's asinine at best.
Yeah, it seems many people don't understand that test mules go through different phases and that some mules may not look anything like the final product.
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A great place for doing performance tests!
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look at the new M5 and just know that the next M3/4 will be epic. cant wait.
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Considering there might be no F25M I'd say F80 M3.


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Wow, I can only hope they kill any idea of making an X3 ///M......


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      10-18-2011, 04:28 PM   #36
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Surprised no video of it howling around the 'ring..
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Considering there might be no F25M I'd say F80 M3.


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Spy photographers might have something to say regarding this soon.
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Spy photographers might have something to say regarding this soon.
how soon?
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BMW have tapped into this by mirroring typical BMW dynamics and steering communication within the new UKL cars.
You mean massive body roll, a steering system that is not connected to the front wheels, and the engine note played through the speaker system?!?!?!?!
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$50 says its a 3.3L V6
i.e an M5 engine with a quarter chopped off
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THIS. Exactly what I was thinking.

They did the same with the previous E60 M5 V10, chopped two cylinders off, tuned it, and put it in the E92 M3. I wouldn't be surprised if they did the same from the current F10 M5 (V8TT) to the future F80 M3 (V6 TT).
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I said this before. It wouldn't surprise me this is what they do.
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Considering there might be no F25M I'd say F80 M3.


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Spy photographers might have something to say regarding this soon.
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I said this before. It wouldn't surprise me this is what they do.

You know, I started to pipe in with the tired drivel about 'oh no, a V6?!' but realized I've accepted a V8 in the M3, and that seemed just as silly as a V6 would have a few years ago. So I'm going to keep my mouth shut and wait and see what performance is like. Maybe with a V6 they could actually accomplish a rearward weight bias.
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Considering there might be no F25M I'd say F80 M3.
Maybe south. But, if there is, then it could arrive on the scene first. After all, the X3 has been on the market for awhile now, so an M version could have had a lot of lead time.

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Spy photographers might have something to say regarding this soon.
With all eyes on the F30 and F10 M5 recently, maybe they just haven't been looking hard enough.
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Maybe south. But, if there is, then it could arrive on the scene first. After all, the X3 has been on the market for awhile now, so an M version could have had a lot of lead time.
Good point. The M boss Dr. Nitschke ruled out an X3M in an interview just recently, so he's either playing it down or it's actually been axed. The F80 might be here earlier than ever, maybe as early as a first presentation late next year which might play a role against the X3M too.

Then again, Scott just said there should be spyshots of the X3M soon, so ignore everything I've just said.


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The camo has changed a lot since the first spy pics. Def still able to tell the wider body is there.
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