Originally Posted by SCOTT26
There is something people are overlooking with the i3 and i8 is that their respective weights are actually significant because they are individually developed models for a purpose.
Now with other manufacturers adapting electrified powertrains to current models their weight goes up and it is not a minimal increase.
What is signifcant for BMW is that they started the CFRP process very early so they took the initial expense hit early now that is in production of a reasonable volume for the M3 and forthcoming M6 Coupe's. BMW M can actually fit the CFRP cost-effectively now to these models.
If Audi or Mercedes-Benz had to do so on the RS5 and C63 respectively they would be more expensive.
So....why is a new M3 $70 grand if you get anything on it?
"Cost-effective" is a relative term...
Back to the topic at hand, all of my BMWs (2 E92 328s, 2 E82 135s) have always "felt" heavy, compared to other cars I have driven. That is part of the overall "feel" of the typical BMW that I like.
I say this because I know that lighter car = better handling. Which would be great, obviously...I just hope that signature "feel" is not lost in the translation, if we are to indeed see real weight savings in future models.
Current - 2011 N55/DCT E82 135i--Lemans Blue, Gray Leather, M Sport, Premium
Past BMWs: 2008 E82 135 - AW, N54, MT
2007 E92 328 - JB, N52, MT, ZSP (traded in for 135)
2007 E92 328 - JB, N52, MT (retired by a drunk driver)