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      02-14-2024, 03:25 PM   #1959
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Hey all, first time poster looking for some advice.

I'm very close to putting a deposit down on a new M340i Touring - however the info there is going to be a new LCI has made me pause. Is there any more information about what the exterior changes will be and also when we're likely to hear anything more official?

Just want to make sure I'm not signing up to something that will be obviously out of date in 6 months!
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      02-14-2024, 03:54 PM   #1960
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Hey all, first time poster looking for some advice.

I'm very close to putting a deposit down on a new M340i Touring - however the info there is going to be a new LCI has made me pause. Is there any more information about what the exterior changes will be and also when we're likely to hear anything more official?

Just want to make sure I'm not signing up to something that will be obviously out of date in 6 months!
There will be no exterior changes. The car will get the new iDrive and interior design improvements. Your model will not get the new B58 since it's for the US and Korea only.
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      02-14-2024, 03:55 PM   #1961
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OK, I think I see what you are saying now with the G50/51 platform possibly including an ICE or Hybrid M3 at some point - presumably when the current M3/M4/M2 goes end of life.
No such thing.
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      02-14-2024, 09:00 PM   #1962
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Hey all, first time poster looking for some advice.

I'm very close to putting a deposit down on a new M340i Touring - however the info there is going to be a new LCI has made me pause. Is there any more information about what the exterior changes will be and also when we're likely to hear anything more official?

Just want to make sure I'm not signing up to something that will be obviously out of date in 6 months!
Wait… the climate controls in idrive 8.5 are much better than 8.
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      02-15-2024, 12:53 AM   #1963
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There will be no exterior changes. The car will get the new iDrive and interior design improvements. Your model will not get the new B58 since it's for the US and Korea only.
Thanks so much for the response. In which case I think I can look forward to owning an M340i ... only question now is what colour?!?
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      02-15-2024, 07:09 AM   #1964
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No such thing.
OK. So the current generation of M3/M4/M2 are the last ICE versions? Your original post hints at the possibility of a next gen unless I'm misunderstanding it? Also, thank you for your time and contributions. Very helpful!

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OK. So the current generation of M3/M4/M2 are the last ICE versions? Your original post hints at the possibility of a next gen unless I'm misunderstanding it? Also, thank you for your time and contributions. Very helpful!
That one line is from September 2022. This is more recent by a year https://www.bmwblog.com/2023/09/21/2...nt-considered/. Between me and Horatiu, you should have a very good idea of the chances.
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      02-16-2024, 02:02 AM   #1966
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That one line is from September 2022. This is more recent by a year https://www.bmwblog.com/2023/09/21/2...nt-considered/. Between me and Horatiu, you should have a very good idea of the chances.
OK. Understood and thanks. So this does seem likely to play out:

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So, potentially, an electric M3 replaces the G80 ICE M3 in March 2027. Then an electric M4 replaces the G82/G83 ICE M4 in July 2028 leaving the G87 M2 as the only small ICE M car from July 2028 - July 2029.
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OK. So the current generation of M3/M4/M2 are the last ICE versions? Your original post hints at the possibility of a next gen unless I'm misunderstanding it?
That sound you hear is the sound of Hell starting to freeze over. I was comfortable that BMW would see the light and take a more balanced approach to their future vehicles but the more I read the less that looks likely.
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That sound you hear is the sound of Hell starting to freeze over. I was comfortable that BMW would see the light and take a more balanced approach to their future vehicles but the more I read the less that looks likely.
Me too. The first brand to exit performance ICE cars is leaving the door open for others to grab that market share. There is a segment of the market that will actively avoid buying electric cars for as long as they live or can...whichever comes first!

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That G90 weight is wild, wonder how much more the G99 will be.

Really appreciate these threads, get even more product detail here than I do at work.


PS: I found some of your old Motorrad threads. I wish there was a better place to do those again without being shut down by people who have no idea what they’re talking about. Thanks again for everything.
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PS: I found some of your old Motorrad threads. I wish there was a better place to do those again without being shut down by people who have no idea what they’re talking about. Thanks again for everything.
Yeah, I kinda found a home for the GS stuff on advrider but not everything else. Where can I tell people that the next year's R 18 will get Brooklyn Grey and Fire Red as paint options? I'm sure there are five people in the world who would care.
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      02-17-2024, 12:08 PM   #1975
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OK. So the current generation of M3/M4/M2 are the last ICE versions? Your original post hints at the possibility of a next gen unless I'm misunderstanding it? Also, thank you for your time and contributions. Very helpful!
I think M division is focussed on E-drive trains. There is a lot of amazing dynamic trickery with 4 motors. Future should be bright!
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      02-18-2024, 11:11 AM   #1976
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This is just a preview to the next M3/M4.
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I think M division is focussed on E-drive trains. There is a lot of amazing dynamic trickery with 4 motors. Future should be bright!
Understood but the "man-machine" connection is not the same. Just hope THAT doesn't get lost in these decisions. A clever manufacturer could clean house if other major vendors abandon ICE.
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I had noticed the next gen M8 will only be a Gran Coupe, but that the 8 series would be available as a Coupe and Convertible.

I think I've figured out why, the battery system is too big to fit into a shorter wheelbase car than the M5 which of course the M8 will be based on.
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Is a manual M240i in discussion/planning?

Most all of the development work is already done from the new 2025 Z4 manual (a B58 sending power through a reworked BMW 6 speed to a M240i rear axle assembly). Then, in the comments
88E30M3:
“Sadly it will not happen until pigs fly. Therefore, never…”
Horatiu replied “Never Know”

https://www.bmwblog.com/2024/02/19/b...-transmission/
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Is a manual M240i in discussion/planning?

Most all of the development work is already done from the new 2025 Z4 manual (a B58 sending power through a reworked BMW 6 speed to a M240i rear axle assembly). Then, in the comments
88E30M3:
“Sadly it will not happen until pigs fly. Therefore, never…”
Horatiu replied “Never Know”

https://www.bmwblog.com/2024/02/19/b...-transmission/
I sure hope so! The reported take rate of manuals for the M2 is ~50%. Not sure the M240i would get that high since there is an AWD option but the take rate for the M3/M4 manual is ~20% so guessing a M240i RWD manual would end up in the 30-40% range. That's pretty significant and would likely increase the overall 2-series volume as it would steal market share from the other sub $55K sporty cars with a stick; Toyota, Honda/Acura, VW, etc.

I would seriously consider trading my AWD auto for a RWD stick IF it had the manual from the 2025 Z4. For me (52yo father of 3) its simple...I'm too old for a Supra and too young for a Z4. I'm probably too old for the M240i but I love smaller cars AND the rear seat option in a pinch. I also still swap my summer and winter wheels every spring and fall so RWD is not a huge problem for me in MA.

So if the business case for this variant makes sense, could there be an agreement with Toyota that prevents it?

BMW. Make this car!
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