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      12-04-2006, 06:01 PM   #45
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Great find! I am thinking that its not the production interior/tach though. (Hopefully)
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      12-05-2006, 01:57 AM   #46
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What's with the center console? It looks like complete ass. And WHAT IS WITH THE SHIFTER? Is that the new SMG stalk? Awful!

I'm hoping for something along the lines of the M5. Please let it change. The M5 couldn't possibly upstage the M3 (in the fine touches), could it?

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What's with the center console? It looks like complete ass. And WHAT IS WITH THE SHIFTER? Is that the new SMG stalk? Awful!

I'm hoping for something along the lines of the M5. Please let it change. The M5 couldn't possibly upstage the M3 (in the fine touches), could it?

+1 I hope that isn't the shifter that will be used for the SMG.
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      12-05-2006, 11:42 PM   #48
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Compare to what we've seen/heard/experienced through many different sources, SMG and interior don't look right.
Though, the redline seems to be promising.
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      12-06-2006, 10:43 PM   #49
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I think that car is a manual with an SMG style shift knob, but that's just hunch and I have no evidence to support it.

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      12-07-2006, 05:14 AM   #50
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I think that car is a manual with an SMG style shift knob, but that's just hunch and I have no evidence to support it.

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I really hope the manual makes it into production. And I hope the manual will receive a m5-smg like shift lever!

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      12-07-2006, 03:03 PM   #51
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Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. PS'ed I'm sure, but better.



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What's with the center console? It looks like complete ass. And WHAT IS WITH THE SHIFTER? Is that the new SMG stalk? Awful!

I'm hoping for something along the lines of the M5. Please let it change. The M5 couldn't possibly upstage the M3 (in the fine touches), could it?


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      12-07-2006, 03:09 PM   #52
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SMG now has a clutch???
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      12-07-2006, 03:19 PM   #53
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SMG now has a clutch???
That's hilarious. Missed that one. Gas pedal looks kind of gay (maybe not - looks different though) :-k
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The gas pedal looks like just about every other BMW gas pedal I have seen. I don't know how gay it is.

The clutch on the SMG is great though!
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      12-07-2006, 08:25 PM   #55
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Interior shot

I just have to say that the interior shot above must be ps, SMG with a clutch? i dont think so. I thought that the whole premise behind an SMG is the convenience of being able to shift your car without the "hassle" of learning to drive a real stick. All I can say is I cannot wait for the OFFICIAL interior shots to surface, or at least spy shots that show some differences from the 3 series to help distinguish.
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      12-08-2006, 02:33 AM   #56
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I thought that the whole premise behind an SMG is the convenience of being able to shift your car without the "hassle" of learning to drive a real stick.
If you really think the "whole premise" behind the SMG transmission is so you can shift manually without the hassle (hassle in quotes or not) of learning to drive a real stick then you should not be shopping for nor buying a M3. The purpose is to have F1 technology in a street/track car.
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what were some of the differences in the interiors of the E46 M3 and the regular e46 3-series?

Just wondering what types of tweaks may be in store for the E92/90.
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      12-08-2006, 09:46 AM   #58
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If you really think the "whole premise" behind the SMG transmission is so you can shift manually without the hassle (hassle in quotes or not) of learning to drive a real stick then you should not be shopping for nor buying a M3. The purpose is to have F1 technology in a street/track car.
Just my opinion.
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      12-08-2006, 06:26 PM   #59
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No, in my view the whole premise of the SMG is the "auto" mode as it will allow our wives to drive the car if they need to. And certainly those no interested in shifting gears in stop-and-go traffic.
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No, in my view the whole premise of the SMG is the "auto" mode as it will allow our wives to drive the car if they need to. And certainly those no interested in shifting gears in stop-and-go traffic.
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      12-09-2006, 05:16 PM   #61
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Just because there have been several M3 Sedan test mules spotted does not mean there will be a sedan. BMW is notorious for disguising their test mules to look like something they're not to draw less attention...but in some cases, it produces speculation instead. ie. many thought BMW was getting into SUV wagons when they (BMW) put X5 underpinnings in e39 wagon bodies.
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      12-09-2006, 05:35 PM   #62
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Added benefit, hardly the premise

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No, in my view the whole premise of the SMG is the "auto" mode as it will allow our wives to drive the car if they need to. And certainly those no interested in shifting gears in stop-and-go traffic.
Again, calling the PREMISE of SMG auto mode for wives and or stop and go traffic is like calling the premise of high horsepower doing burnouts. It is an added benefit far removed from the technologies main purpose and design intention. Sure they are great added benefits but hardly a "premise".
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Thumbs up

Thank you to some of you for making an effort to correct my ignorance (not you zeebeda).
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      12-11-2006, 11:18 AM   #64
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is there Nav for the M's?
Umm, of course there will be, as an option, like on all the new 3's.
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      12-17-2006, 02:16 AM   #65
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Those dials are so damn hot

drool...

cant wait for mine
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      12-17-2006, 10:55 PM   #66
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Again, calling the PREMISE of SMG auto mode for wives and or stop and go traffic is like calling the premise of high horsepower doing burnouts. It is an added benefit far removed from the technologies main purpose and design intention. Sure they are great added benefits but hardly a "premise".
Well, for me if the "auto" mode ain't there the car ain't getting bought. Wife says "auto" and "upgraded interior" are a must. Since I am not single or rich I gotta compromise.
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