BimmerCast #48: Four Cylinders in the US, 1M, ActiveE, M5, & Z4 GT3

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This week ‘s show sees us going from energy effecient to insanely fast. We start talking about the ActiveE and the new US spec four cylinder Z4. More specifically we talk about the new Z4 28i and how it stacks up in terms of performance and effeciency to the old Z4 30i model. And then there ‘s the 50:50 weight distribution 1 Series based ActiveE. 168hp and 250 nM of torque. Not bad for an electric car.

We then move onto the 560 hp + M5 and how it will soon reign as the fastest BMW of all time. Not bad for a 4,000 lbs + four doors.

After moving through some 1M talk we then can ‘t let the Z4 GT3 go unnoticed. Why has BMW revised a one year old customer racecar? And what happens after the M3 GT2 is put out to pasture in a year or two? Will the Z4 take it ‘s place. And then what of a road going version? We can ‘t help but speculate.

And yes we ran long so no talk of the front wheel drive BMWs. Look for that in the next show.

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  • Drill

    I haven’t listened to the show yet but have to say that the Z4 GT3 just looks… WOW! 😀

  • Adam

    Great show as always guys. With all that was mentioned in it I get the sense that as BMW fans we have all come into a new era with our fav car maker without really noticing. I say this because and please pardon the bad analogy, usually some questionable times prompt car makers to change the game or adjust their product. In cases like American car companies that meant an utter drought in cars and in new ideas. BMW skipped that whole transition and went from us loving NA, 8000 RPM screamers to this exciting new era of free revving turbo engines and all kinds of new tech. As Michael mentioned this all started long ago and BMW must have known how to play it’s cards right.

  • JonPD

    Another great show guys, I did also enjoy Chris Harris’s interview with Dr. Kay in Evo, though I still find myself deeply objecting to ///Momsport X series. Still have to say if these are true ///M cars maybe they should take a X to RLL instead of the E92 heh.

    I have been dying for long time dreaming of the V8 powered E89. If the could offer it in a fixed top I would be first in line. Doubt anything like this would come out until the M3 is out of production as I would lay money down that a /M E89 would turn circles around the E92 in most ways. The GT3 E89 is hands down the single most fantastic bit of automotive design ever for me either on the track or on the road. Dream car for me would be a road going ///M E89 GT3.

  • HERR26.

    The M range will expand because in the case of the BMW X5M and BMW X6M what were original niche vehicles are full volume sellers. With the key markets for both being China , Russia and Brazil . The initial expected largest market the US is fourth for the high Performance AWD vehicles.

    The M5 Concept Premiered in Shanghai on the back of 2010 China M sales increasing by 355%.

    Vehicles such as the X5 and X6M are crucial to the future growth of BMW M and the profit margins are being used to further technology and innovation for the future. In other markets there is calling for “downsized” versions of the X5M and X6M which is something that is being looked at with great interest for the current X3 and forthcoming “downsized” X6 – The X4.

    The success of the BMW X1 has led to evaluate the possibility of an High performance X1? This is justified by the sales response of the BMW X1 with nigh over 120,000 units now sold since introduction. What form the car will take whether a fully fledged M or a quasi M-developed iS is not known at this time. But with the X1 now at full capacity and US sales postponed again due to world wide demand for the X1 and a recent introduction in Canada no formal decision is approved. We are in the process of evaluating two other cars that could potentially bring in a return and be applicable to all markets. One would again though be extremely limited to suit production transition.

    What is being looked at is an M that has no BMW relation but can share the new 1er/3er modular matrix which allows for shortening the platform, either a front,mid-mount or rear mounted engine and of course front or rear wheel drive in which rear wheel drive would be the primary action. Although it is at the early stage of conception and not confirmed for production. The model BMWM are thinking of is the Porsche Cayman and Boxster.

    Because of the platform of being a BMW sub-brand with BMW-i . BMW M will ,although not directly badge BMW-i cars as M . But will begin to share technology and synergies with the sustainable brand , it will show what is possible using the ideas from one brand to another. Something that will be showcased in the near future. In a Fast-acting environment we have to look into the future and imagine that one day it will not be acceptable to offer a typical M solution. So we have to think about staying on that road when the time comes that cars like BMW M are no longer socially responsible. For that to happen we have to be ready and develop solutions that the M brand can be sustainable in the far off future.

    In the meantime we have the upcoming BMW M5 arriving in production format on the 21st June and the BMW M3 GTS Sedan both which will appear at the M-Festival beginning June 23rd. Prior to both cars debuting at the IAA Frankfurt in September.

    • JonPD

      Makes good sense HERR26 for sure why /M decided to produce the /Momsports, still would have much preferred if they could be developed by /M but leave the /M badge off them as for decades /M has stood for motorsports something the /Momsports will never stand for to me.

      I am guessing by what your talking points are saying that my chances at ever seeing what I think could be the best looking /M ever, a E89 is not likely to ever happen with that monster lurking under the hood of the E92.

      • sackboy

        It DOES make good sense the way M is going at development these days, as the “world” & fuel-environment has dictated such change! The specifics of that new 4cyl. would make it a heckofa engine for an E30 M3 !! Wow- would be a BLAST ! But- JonPD, 1 question: Have YOU actually DRIVEN an X6M or X5M ?? I have ! Must say- if you can afford one- WOW ! They both do things, that IMHO almost defy gravity! Nuff said! Lov it, Sackboy

    • JonPD

      Makes good sense HERR26 for sure why /M decided to produce the /Momsports, still would have much preferred if they could be developed by /M but leave the /M badge off them as for decades /M has stood for motorsports something the /Momsports will never stand for to me.

      I am guessing by what your talking points are saying that my chances at ever seeing what I think could be the best looking /M ever, a E89 is not likely to ever happen with that monster lurking under the hood of the E92.

  • Anonymous

    my only disappointment is that you can’t roll more porsche bashing into the Z4 discussion