Originally Posted by swartzentruber
I would be shocked if that were the case, particularly since the current M3 didn't really sell that well, which is likely at least partially attributable to the price increase over the E46 M3. There's nothing I've seen so far to suggest anything that would make the M4 worth much of a price increase -- the engine in fact is arguably a downgrade, vs both Audi and MB are sticking with V8s in their competitors.
I agree with you completely, I was shocked when I started seeing the threads suggesting it would incur a price-bump. Overall I believe the performance has
to be higher (however small) than the current M3 though, which is what they'll use to justify the price increase