Name-Games For 3-Series: BMW To Make 3 Into 4?

M3 will keep its name. Probably
M3 will keep its name. Probably
The next generation of BMW 3-series coupes and convertibles could be re-badged as 4-series models rather than 3-series.

The logic behind this is, apparently, that some elements in the Munich management (that's presumably the more OCD parts) are keen that odd numbers should represent the more 'everyday' saloons and estates (and 'GT' models), while even numbers get assigned to sportier models.

That already applies with the X5 and X6 SUVs, and with the 5-series and 6-series. It will even work out well lower down, with the future 1-series expected to go for front-wheel drive, while the '2-series' coupe will retain driven wheels at the 'proper' end.

But what, you may well ask, is going to happen to the M3? Will we get an M3 saloon and an M4 coupe? Apparently not, says US mag Car And Driver, who broke the story. So much for consistency, then...

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  • louiebaby 04 Aug 2011

    So like Audi did with the A4 / A5. Apart from the 5 door A5 Sport-hatch.

    I thought Germans were meant to be like robots...?

  • Dagnut 04 Aug 2011

    Marketing dept budget justification.

  • E36GUY 04 Aug 2011

    Dagnut said:
    Marketing dept budget justification.
    And a stupid idea. An M3 has always been the uber version of the 3 series and should remain as such.

  • Alfa numeric 04 Aug 2011

    Doesn't this rumour reappear every time a new 3-series is imminent?

  • Ex Boy Racer 04 Aug 2011

    I can't see why anyone should care - BMW or PHers. My brain can deal with the change without too much difficulty, and I'm old!!

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