Originally Posted by Moo Man
I recently purchased a new 11 e92 M3 and while I was waiting for the dealer to finish detailing the car I was chatting with the manager there. Apparently he drives a M6. He was telling me how he's not looking forward to the next generation of M cars. In his words he felt that BMW was making a mistake by 'downgrading' from a V10 engine to a V8 engine. He believed that BMW was taking a more 'feminine' route by going with the smaller engines. He talked about how Mercedes' AMG division has these big powerful engines and that even though BMW is more about driving performance, it shouldn't shy away from using big powerful engines.
What are your thoughts on this matter?
IMO the engine downsizing is the direct result of the upcoming more stringent CAFE rules.
FYI a salesman told me yesterday that next year's M3 model would be the last with a V8. And no, they ain't goin' up in engine size, the change will be to a 6 cylinder.