• You are put in charge of BMW, what do you do?

      An interesting thread popped up on the BimmerBoost BMW Performance Forums last week. The question was raised as to what one would do or what their wish list would be if they had the power to influence decisions at BMW. This led to some humorous responses (which you can read in the comments below) and some generally good ideas. So let's say you are put in charge of BMW with nobody to answer to, what do you do?

      This is BimmerBoost's list. Feel free to submit your own:

      1. A new M1. BMW protects the M1 name obviously as an homage to the original M car, the M1 supercar. What is the reason for protecting it if not to use it? BimmerBoost makes the argument that BMW owes us an M1 at this point. The i8 is the perfect opportunity to finally capitalize on what BMW enthusiasts have been waiting decades for. Take an i8, replace the three-cylinder motor with a 350+ horsepower turbo S20 based on the N20 four-cylinder, and increase power from the electric motor. 600+ horsepower all wheel drive 'green' M1 supercar.

      2. An E89 Z4M. What is the freaking hold up? The previous generation Z3 and Z4 models received M variants, why not this one? Especially considering that BMW M is racing a Z4 that they do not sell. Is the M division building Motorsport derived cars or not anymore? What is the point of the badge? BimmerBoost would greenlight a hardtop Z4M with a 3200 pound curb weight, 4.4 liter S65 V8 with a 9000 rpm redline (similar to the V8 already being raced), and the option of a DCT or manual transmission. If the high revving naturally aspirated M motor is being dropped it at least deserves a proper send off that honors BMW M's own history.

      3. No front wheel drive roadsters. Are you kidding me with this garbage? Mini remains Mini and BMW remains BMW. No BMW badged Mini's.

      4. Fire whomever is responsible for designing the 5 GT.

      5. Fire whomever approved the 5 GT for production.

      6. Fire whomever thought making a 3-Series GT after the 5 GT's failure was a good idea.

      7. Fire whomever came up with Active Sound Design.

      8. Fire whomever decided putting the N55 in the 1M was a better idea than a real M engine for what is supposed to be a real M car.

      9. Fire whomever decided repeating the above mistake with the M2 was a good idea.

      10. Fire anyone who disagrees with any of the above firings.

      11. Fire some more people just in case any of the above has not sunk in.

      12. Create an S20 four-cylinder developed by the M division based on the N20 2.0 liter direct injected turbo motor. Enter the four-cylinder power war between AMG and VW and remind the world who the best automotive engine builder on planet earth is.

      13. Bring the M550d models over to the United States. Enough of this idiotic thinking that Americans do not like diesels.

      14. Build an M7. If the M badge is going on everything including SUV's there is no longer an argument for why an M7 should not exist.

      15. Speaking of M badges, stop putting the M badge on everything.

      16. Anything with an M badge has a limited slip differential standard and not as optional equipment for a cash grab. M is supposed to mean something other than money.

      17. Go Black Series hunting.

      18. Punch Chris Bangle in the face.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Dear BMW started by G0TB00ST? View original post
      Comments 28 Comments
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        Well that's how I feel lol. What about the rest of you?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        There some things I overlap with you on and some things I don't. I'm try to make my list but it's going to have quite a bit of swearing.
      1. boostedmaserati's Avatar
        boostedmaserati -
        I agree with this. But with some ammendment.
        1) I'm ok with the X6M and X5M as Porsche has turbo S cayenne models and Audi is upping their game. Mercedes of course has their games. We need to be able to compete.
        2) Make the M2 with a 4 banger, offer a LTW or CSL pack with no BS. No EPS, no radio, no nonsense. Just you and the car.
        3) For $#@! sakes the F10 is gorgeous but it sure is a fat ass.
        4) I like gran coupes in the 6 series but that's it. Simply reserve it for the 6 series. The 4 GC is gay and pointless.
        5) Drop all GTs as you said. Get rid of this $#@!ing piece of $#@! UKL $#@!. $#@!.
        I feel better.
        Oh.... the S55 doesn't impress me. it sounds like trash and isn't the typical upgrade as we've seen from other Ms. The chassis is no doubt an upgrade. Should have gotten a detuned S63 at minimum.

        And last of all.... get your $#@!ing balls back.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        @Sticky this was my censored version lol
        @boostedmaserati. I don't dislike the x5/6m but I feel like it's two of the same car. Maybe just leave the x6 m. Also instead of the m2 just keep the m1 going
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Dear BMW,

        1) For the love of God, make a hypercar out of the i8. Design a true M V12, hell I even encourage twin turbos, with the fat powerband and high RPM you gave us in the S54 and S65/S85. Make it large and loud and mean and badass straight from hell. Give the chassis steroids. Small electric motor for instand torque on takeoff and let the big turbos do the rest. Rule the world with this car.

        2) What is this 4 series garbage? 3 series coupe, convertible or sedan. Same with this M3/M4. No reason for that.

        3) Z3 lightweight, only coming with 4 banger with tons of rice engine potential, with entry level pricing. You will make an assload of money from aftermarket lovers. That will sell like crazy. Don't even put a lot of options, make it as simple as you can but still modern looking. That way no stress on the electrical system, and you definitely won't have to worry about warranty claims.

        4) Z4 luxury version of the Z3 with a N55 engine, ala 2 seater 335i, with xDrive and M-Sport package.

        5) Drop this "sport line" "m sport line" "watermelon line" garbage. Executive package and M-Sport package as options like before.

        6) Redo the S55. Cheat the rules like you do in professional racing and try to squeeze in a true performance motor that just barely follows all your emissions requirements.

        7) Get rid of the 2 series AT. Promote and give it to Mini instead, people will eat that up. No Z2 either please and no FWD, don't forget the frog with giant front legs..

        8) M2, 235i and 228i, simple as that. We won't mind if you give the 235i the N55 and the M2 a nicely powered 4 cylinder, or you could do what you did with the 1M.

        9) We don't need this GC and GT crap, even in the 6 series. The whole point of the 6 series is being a 2 door sport GT and keep the 7 series the luxury big sedan that we know and love. And the 3/5 series GT is hideous and no one buys them. Bring the tourings to North America, mericans will eat that up.

        10) No X5M, only X6M and make the X6 much lighter than the X5. Get rid of the X4 and don't even think about an X2.

        11) Make an M3 and M5 touring, bring it here.

        12) No 9 series, don't make the same mistake Mercedes did...
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        @rawad1017 I like your list lol it's almost identical to mine. Personally I say just drop the 2 series... The 1 series will suffice
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        @rawad1017 I like your list lol it's almost identical to mine. Personally I say just drop the 2 series... The 1 series will suffice
        really the only ones i really care about are the M3 and the i8M ideas. because when i sell my M6 eventually my next car will be a used M4, and i want to see BMW build a modern day McLaren F1 out of the i8. it has the dynamics and design down, just needs a sturdier chassis and a big bad $#@! engine that gives no $#@!s
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        really the only ones i really care about are the M3 and the i8M ideas. because when i sell my M6 eventually my next car will be a used M4, and i want to see BMW build a modern day McLaren F1 out of the i8. it has the dynamics and design down, just needs a sturdier chassis and a big bad $#@! engine that gives no $#@!s
        I would rather bmw put that effort in a z8 version of the sls amg. An i8m would be insane but bmw already made it clear that's not going to happenClick here to enlarge
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        I would rather bmw put that effort in a z8 version of the sls amg.
        i knew i was missing sometime from my list. make it a unique S85 inspired V10. it has to be unique that way it sells as much as the R8 and SLS do.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        An i8m would be insane but bmw already made it clear that's not going to happen
        it blows Click here to enlarge
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        i knew i was missing sometime from my list. make it a unique S85 inspired V10. it has to be unique that way it sells as much as the R8 and SLS do.
        i can't rep you but yeah that would be awesome. Hell I would settle for the just bringing back the s85 and reusing it
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        One more thing to add to my list... NO X7
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        This is my list:

        1. A new M1. A proper, M supercar. You guys did it once and preserved the name. Well, WTF did you do it for if not to use it? i8 chassis, tweaked N20, more power out of the electric motor, something like 600 horsepower. Or just ditch the whole hybrid drivetrain entirely.

        2. A $#@!ing Z4M. Lightweight 3200 pounds, hardtop coupe, 4.4 liter S65 with 9000 rpm and 500 horsepower. Manual or DCT options. A car with freaking balls. How dare you race one without selling it you hypocrites. How could they not give the naturally aspirated M motor a proper send off?

        3. No front wheel drive roadster. For $#@!s sake have you people lost your minds?

        4. Fire the person responsible for the 5 GT.

        5. Fire the person responsible for approving the 5 GT.

        6. Fire anyone who had anything to do with the 5 GT.

        7. Fire the person responsible for the 3 GT.

        8. Fire anyone who questions the above firings.

        9. An M7. If you are going to put an M badge on freaking everything you might as well make a badass 7-Series.

        10. Bring over the diesel M cars. The USA does not hate diesels. We like diesels. We want diesel M cars.

        11. Keep Mini's at Mini. No front wheel drive BMW's. EVER.

        12. BMW executive conference room gets a large oil painting of me pissing on the 'i' logo.

        13. The M2 gets an S20 high revving turbo four cylinder with 400 horsepower.

        14. Go Black Series hunting.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Dear BMW,

        F*ck You!
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        fire the person responsible for active sound design too
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        fire the person responsible for active sound design too
        Oh crap, I forgot about that. Yes, everyone responsible for that is fired.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        4. Fire the person responsible for the 5 GT.

        5. Fire the person responsible for approving the 5 GT.

        6. Fire anyone who had anything to do with the 5 GT.

        7. Fire the person responsible for the 3 GT.

        8. Fire anyone who questions the above firings.
        I am literally lol. This was hilarious.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        $#@! it let's just fire everyone at bmw
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        $#@! it let's just fire everyone at bmw
        A reboot isn't a bad idea.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        @Sticky I would add one more thing... Fire any one that had anything to do with any of the gt models and fire whoever decided to put a n54 in the 1m and not a s65
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        Fire any one that had anything to do with any of the gt model
        I already wrote that.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        and fire whoever decided to put a n54 in the 1m and not a s65
        Man I've got a lot of people to fire.