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      01-26-2014, 01:52 PM   #1
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Carsten Pries of BMW M: the M3/M4 S55 engine is an animal with shocking capabilities

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While in Detroit covering the launch of 3 new M models, we took the opportunity to sit down with Carsten Pries (Director of Product, BMW M) from BMW’s M division to get a better sense of what has gone into the development of this new generation of M cars. Some of what we found might surprise you and may have you looking for a raise at work to put down your deposit on a new car.

A Focus on Weight Savings - What You Can See and What You Can't

The critics have been hard on BMW for some time about the increased size of their cars and the corresponding bloat in weight. The tides have turned with the generation and this car is our first taste of things to come in the future. The M division has refocused their efforts and set out designing this generation's M4 to match the weight of the E46 M3. They did one better and actually came in just underneath their goal. A big portion of the weight savings comes from the extensive use of carbon fiber (drive shaft, roof, trunk lid on the M4, etc) but it goes beyond that with weight savings being found throughout the design and production process.

Electromechanical Power Steering Better Than Hydraulic?

This is the most exciting news to come from our interview. Surprised? You should be. And you probably should be skeptical until driving reviews come in but what we learned gets us excited. This is NOT the EPS that you have driven in other BMWs in the slightest. This is M's version of EPS. New hardware, new software, new everything.

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I think probably one of the misunderstandings is...if you have to adapt something that is there and try what you can get out of it. Then you may be limited in your possibilities but if you consider something right from the very first moment and make it an integral part of the overall system including the steering gear box, all the components play together perfectly. For us, precision is extremely important.

The M division started with a blank slate and invested a significant amount of resources into creating a system that is a true improvement from a hydraulic system. More precise steering. Proper direct feedback. This is a completely new system and is intended to set the benchmark for how incredible an electromechanical power steering system can be. The proof will be in the driving but I am cautiously optimistic that M came through.



The New M3/M4 was a True Team Effort from Designers, Engineers and Even Financing

The M3 and M4 are very important cars to BMW and their brand and it seems like the M division was well aware they needed to bring their A game. This meant everyone had to get to work. One area that was pointed out was that even financing and purchasing played a significant role with a lower production car.

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For me, these two cars clearly show how much every single body in every area including areas like finance or purchasing. As you can imagine, as you talk about comparatively low production volume, it requires a big effort to negotiate things with your suppliers to get these masterpieces in small quantities at a reasonable price. But at the end of the day we didn't want to go way up through the sky for the price for the customer. We wanted to keep it within certain limits and this requires efforts in all areas.

I included this to put into perspective the number of people that are working to bring a car to market that we may not think of when you think about development of the car. Now, back to what you are really interested in hearing about.



Why should you trade in your current M3 and buy a new one?

Yes, we asked the loaded question of why someone should buy the new M3/M4 and there were a lot of answers but one quote really stuck out to us. It made us feel good about wha the M division is focusing on and we hope it puts your mind at ease some too.

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Its the next step in evolution. Especially if you are keen on this power to weight philosophy. If you want to have a very light car that can do things that the already dynamic and powerful previous generation M3 couldn't. Once you get into it, you will immediately realize this is the next step.



One Quote to Get You Excited

The final and possibly best quote of the interview came from another BMW representative that joined our discussion and he will remain anonymous. If this doesn't get you excited, I'm not sure what will.

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I don't feel like I'm at risk of over promising when I tell you that no one is ready for this engine. I wasn't prepared. The engine is an animal. The engine has shocking capabilities.



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Animal. I love it.
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I don't feel like I'm at risk of over promising when I tell you that no one is ready for this engine. I wasn't prepared. The engine is an animal. The engine has shocking capabilities.
Hope he is correct on that
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yes , yes, and yes
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Yeah.......that last quote made me smile! I am soooo ready to drive this car.
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"the engine has shocking capabilities" imagine what tuners will be able to do with it.
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Grrr. So ready.
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Now I really need to get it.
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"The proof will be in the driving but I am cautiously optimistic that M came through."

Now, where have I heard that comment before? Oh yeah, it was me... The car,specs and comments looks promising which is cause for optimism but there are also several major changes that is cause for caution until the car can be driven and concerns either be removed or confirmed.

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That last quote. Wow. I feel like they are diverting attention away from the engine when it has a possibility to be a highlight of the car. The focus of the interviews has been the weight savings, but I haven't seen much talk of the motor tech! Perhaps a surprise is in store.
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That's great and all, but why's there no quote addressing the fart-can exhaust sound?

Is the terrible exhaust sound also a "surprise"?
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That's great and all, but why's there no quote addressing the fart-can exhaust sound?

Is the terrible exhaust sound also a "surprise"?
Perhaps a fix is on the way and if not an upgrade will be made ASAP by me.
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I don't feel like I'm at risk of over promising when I tell you that no one is ready for this engine. I wasn't prepared. The engine is an animal. The engine has shocking capabilities.
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That last quote. Wow. I feel like they are diverting attention away from the engine when it has a possibility to be a highlight of the car. The focus of the interviews has been the weight savings, but I haven't seen much talk of the motor tech! Perhaps a surprise is in store.
Really? Maybe you should read again the full press release with schematics, 3D mechanical videos, and detailed explanation of new technology. What exactly are we missing that you have a question about other than actual road impressions from owners and Press?
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Real deal big ups you got some good info.
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More and more M stands for marketing. Look, the new engine indeed shows some great promise. The car WILL be 911 Carrera S type fast, certainly faster than the base model 911 (newest 991 of course). But this along with the prior "inexperienced drivers need to apply" (or whatever BS that was). I suppose 50-50 weight balance still delivers ultimate handling to (it's well known that closer to 60-40 is significantly better...).
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This car is going to rock. I hope everybody is prepared. Just gimme some more induction noise BMW. Gimme!
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This car is going to rock. I hope everybody is prepared. Just gimme some more induction noise BMW. Gimme!
I am ready ready ready for this thing to get delivered bro!
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This car is going to rock. I hope everybody is prepared. Just gimme some more induction noise BMW. Gimme!
I am ready ready ready for this thing to get delivered bro!
You'll have yours before I will. Trail blaze for us.
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You'll have yours before I will. Trail blaze for us.
I'll do my best, but now that I think about it, I might have a couple extra month wait because I am considering a job offer out in Hawaii. It is a PAIN IN THE ASS to get cars out there.
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