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BMW meets Lambo?





this is the write up;

"BMW are to build a new Rear/Centrally mounted V10 rear wheel drive Supercar. Not since 1979 has BMW made a Supercar with the M1, but sources at BMW have revealed that a new Supercar, likely to be called the "Z10" is firmly on the drawing boards. Production could even be at the Rolls Royce Goodwood plant as it already has capacity to build another car. Using a highly developed version of the latest M5 & M6 V10 5.0 litre 500Bhp engines, increased by another 50cc's could make the new V10 capable of developing 550Bhp. Using the latest lightweight materials including aluminum & carbon-fibre throughout weight could be kept to 1200 Kg & have the power to weight ratio of 458 Bhp per tonne. Burkhard Goschel the head of BMW's development is said to "offer the ultimate in lateral dynamics", & must be cable of out performing the V8-powered M3 & Z4M. It will use the latest electronic & mechanical aids to enhance it's road holding capabilities & wind tunnel development will ensure aerodynamic down force is a priority. Active spoilers & venturi underbody will ensure the cars sticks to the road like an F1 car. BMW hopes to keep the price within £90,000 price bracket& sales should start in 2008."

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V10 Gone!

That's a composite image, and I hope it doesn't end up looking like a cross between a 6 series and a gallardo. It's very 90's looking, and if the M1 concept is anything to go buy, it won't look anything like that image! That M1 concept is the bomb. But it sure wil be fast. M are dropping high revving V8s and V10s in favour of bi turbo technology.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/BMW-X5/234270/
 

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auto-motor-und-sport have just published an interview with Ludwig Willisch from BMW M GmbH. Here are the basics.

The M3:

- no M3 touring , market too small. Not sure I fully buy that. Audi have always sold more than 50% of it's RS4's in Avant form.

- no M3 CSL, market too small

- 70% of worldwide units will have DCT, except in the US where the figure will be closer to 50%. Americans prefer manual transmissions.

Other models:

- V8 turbocharged X5 and X6 M models are being developed. Expected sales in similar volumes to the M5.

- Z4 M unlikely. There is a small market and the costs of development would not be recouped.

- no M1 supercar

- no 1 series M

- no F01 7 series M

The market is considered too small for these niche models.

Technology:

- ceramic brakes will be offered on some models in the near future

- future M engines may well be turbocharged but will still retain a high revving character

- diesel models not planned but not impossible
 
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