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      01-12-2007, 10:15 PM   #5
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Drives: E92 M3
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Originally Posted by SCOTT26 View Post
The "production" car will have it's official media release in July with the final production car having it's international debut @ the IAA in Frankfurt in September . German and European sales are expected to begin shortly after which will then commence with the media release of the M3 Cabrio in November which might possibly debut at the Los Angeles show or the NAIS in January. US sales are expected to commence before the Spring .

Of course this is of course if everything runs to schedule in which delays may be inevitable if the development of a problem or delay appears. Although you are seeing almost finished cars on the streets , The development phase known as FEP continues right up to launch - The development programme for this car is very intensive it's a bit like a strict physical requirement for an elite military unit.

The new M3 in it's development has literally been to hell and back. The competition has now developed further and benchmarks such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and entry-mid level 911's have been assessed alongside the new M3.
Where you would never think they would be upagainst the previous M3 - This gives the clear impression of the strategic shift BMW have taken with the new M3 On which there is a clear reason why.

Keep the first week of March free in your diary.
Great thanks for the insider info. Sounds fairly reasonable but I would still bet that the E92 M3 will be in customers hands in the US in calendar year 2007 (of course as a 2008 model). Want to place any friendly wagers on that? A European launch is important for the M3 but the US is the largest BMW market and the largest market for M3s. Releasing that late just does not seem to make sense given the state of the mules presently, the "prototype" launch in Geneva and the release schedule of prior cars.

Of course even it was presented to me as fact from a 100% reliable source, I would still want to argue against and not believe all of these dates.