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I just ran across this on the Autospies website.

http://www.imakenews.com/autospies/e_article000089480.cfm

enjoy !!
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OMG that sounds almost too good. :yikes:

I am starting to feel a tad inadequate... :eek:
Wow. Maybe North America will finally get a diesel! I wonder which one ... oh yeah, 330d for sure.

Cool. Only three more years to wait!

Patrick
Finally! Now the 350 I would go for! :thumbup:

Anyone care to speculate on the power output would be on a BMW 3.5 engine? So BMW will catch up to it rivals (in terms of power), but it'll take 2 years. Where will the rivals be in 2 years?

"- A six-speed manual will be offered
- iDrive finally makes its way into the 3
- A new 'paddle-shift' SMG will be available
- Styling will be the most conservative of all the BMW's
- Performance of the next 330 (won't be a 330, most likely it will be a 350) will rival the current M3"
Wouldn't the 350i designate a 5.0 liter engine? I think this is pure fantasy.. somebody's wishful thinking. It's almost as if that report merged what we've been saying in these forums for the past year...
geomax said:
Finally! Now the 350 I would go for! :thumbup:

Anyone care to speculate on the power output would be on a BMW 3.5 engine? So BMW will catch up to it rivals (in terms of power), but it'll take 2 years. Where will the rivals be in 2 years?
Take it with a grain of salt. Pure Speculation.
I would have to agree on this. Drawing board type stuff. A 5.0 litre engine sounds too good to be true, but it would be nice! :D
Like the part about the retractable hardtop on the convertible.:thumbup:
JSJAMALA said:
I just ran across this on the Autospies website.

http://www.imakenews.com/autospies/e_article000089480.cfm

enjoy !!
You're right designation wise, but a 3.5 liter makes the most sense. The G35 is a 3.5 isn't it??

The report reads like a wish list. But if it were all true, then that would be sweet indeed. If not, just the engine upgrade part would do nicely :D
LarryN said:


Wouldn't the 350i designate a 5.0 liter engine? I think this is pure fantasy.. somebody's wishful thinking. It's almost as if that report merged what we've been saying in these forums for the past year...
Diesel+six speed=:D(+Touring=:bigpimp: )
Nothing wrong with any of the rumors in that report, except for that they didn't mention that they're going to try and keep the weight down with all these new features.
Hopefully they will keep the weight down:

"- It will be less expensive and offer more standard features (due to competition from Infiniti, etc.)"

:D
PhilH said:
Nothing wrong with any of the rumors in that report, except for that they didn't mention that they're going to try and keep the weight down with all these new features.
I had read (granted a while ago) from reputable sources, such as C&D, that the current 3-series would stick around until at least 2006 or 2007. I am curious because I am planning on ordering a coupe in 2004. But even if they do have a new 3-series in '05, it will likely only be the sedan, so I'd have to wait longer to get the coupe. Sorry, I am just thinking out loud.
If the E46 has a 7 year model run like the E36 did, the replacement will be introduced in late 2005 as a 2006 model.
mbr129 said:
I had read (granted a while ago) from reputable sources, such as C&D, that the current 3-series would stick around until at least 2006 or 2007.
There's no way they'd be able to fit a 5.0L in an inline 6 that would fit in the engine compartment. So I'd say its a 3.5L.

Sign me up for the diesel. I'd get one in an instant. The 330d probably makes close to 300lb/ft of torque!
That 350 has to be a typo... they must have meant 335.

So they'll wait another 3 years before the 6-speed comes out?? By then every other manufacturer than BMW will have 6-speed standard.
when I see it, I will believe it.
Many German tuneres have fit a 5.0L V8 (S62) into E46s :bigpimp:
SchwartzBlack said:
There's no way they'd be able to fit a 5.0L in an inline 6 that would fit in the engine compartment. So I'd say its a 3.5L.

Sign me up for the diesel. I'd get one in an instant. The 330d probably makes close to 300lb/ft of torque!
The engine would have to be a 3.5 liter and likely would ba tagged 335. If they ever fit a 5.0 V8 in a 3-series, then what would you do in the corresponding M3, put in a 6.0 V12?
sean's right...this is autospies...they also print rumors from this very board!!!
Sean said:
Take it with a grain of salt. Pure Speculation.
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