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Old 12-29-2005, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. E
The body parts are different (especially fenders), but it's clearly an E46. I can't see BMW deviating radically from "a lowered 3-Series body with added cladding and other minor visual upgrades" as is being implied by this article. Just look at the M5 and M6. Neither of them is radically different in appearance than the base models, and if BMW were to stray too far, they may as well remove the "3" from "M3" because the name won't make sense any longer.
Actually having seen teh M5 in person at O'fest, I would say it does look a LOT different than the non-M 5er. The front end treatment and the rear spoiler really do change the looks, enough so that it doesn't lok quite as Bangled as the non-M.

And the E46 while almost totally different is different in a subtle way. The E30 M3 was much more in your face about the differences. But that was nice.
Terry Carraway

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