Originally Posted by RussianM3_dude
So... don't build such a large I6... Reduce weight AND fuel consumption. BMW could have completely bypassed everybody and claimed it's light M3 was a "green" sports car while offering similiar performance to all those heavy cars. I mean it's not like Lotus Elise has suffered from having 180hp.
Sure, but if one is to consider the M3 to be a variant of the 3er, one seeks the same kind of build quality (i.e. BMW buyers don't want does that fall off if you lean on them too hard!)