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New BMW M Coupe

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BMW M Coupe to Enter Series Production

Source: BMW


11/23/2005 -- Following strong consumer reaction to the concept Z4 Coupe at the 2005 Frankfurt and Tokyo Auto Shows, BMW has confirmed that both the Z4 Coupe and an M version, the M Coupe will enter series production.

Visitors in Frankfurt and Tokyo were captivated by the car’s stylish body with its unique silken matte finish, tailored in the very best style of a classic sports coupe. While the driving dynamics potential of the vehicle was clear in its strong, purposeful lines, equally appealing to visitors was the striking interior design.

To be produced in Spartanburg, S.C., the first vehicles will be delivered to customers as early as June 2006.

The proven 255 horsepower (U.S. SAE net) in-line 6-cylinder engine with its high output and lightweight magnesium and aluminum construction promises superior agility and high performance. It not only catapults the Z4 Coupe to the top of the international competitive field but is also demonstrates the enormous performance capacity of the fundamental BMW Z4 Roadster concept – which forms the basis of the coupe.

BMW is also working to produce a high-end variation as quickly as possible and the result will be the return of the M Coupe, based on the new Z4 Coupe. Powered by the exciting 3.2-liter high-rpm engine, familiar from the BMW M3 and winner of many international awards, it will also come out in June 2006.
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They weren't sure of production until they got a positive reaction at the auto show, but they can still start production in July? That's either very impressive or they were already planning to produce this anyway.
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I'm a big fan of how this coupe looks. It seems to carry off the short rear overhang better than the ragtop.
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I love this car more and more every day...it has really grown on me. I think the Coupe looks hot and I can't wait to see the M variant hit the streets...
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Still weird looking but do I see a true (pillarless) hardtop? :huh:
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I don't know...I'm always tetering between liking and hating the Z4's design. I like the overall shape but there are times where I don't really care for the wrinkled shirt styling of the sides.
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This is pretty close to what the 350Z should have looked like. Just slightly rework the sides and add scooped out headlights/new nose and there you have it - the new 240Z that could have been.
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To me, it looks like a Volvo nose crafted onto a TVR body...
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