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    • The front wheel drive MINI shared platform era of BMW begins - 0 series? .5 series?

      This is the new front wheel drive BMW that is coming. It was spotted testing with a mule for the 2013 Mini Cooper. This car will share that Mini's platform but be branded as a BMW. We know, it's tough to keep up with all the models BMW is trying to squeeze in. This car is supposed to come in below the 1 series which mean, what will they call it? The 0 series? The 1/2 series? We know an easy way to solve the problem, don't build it and leave FWD to Mini.
















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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        looks as focked up as Toyota Matrix, DAMN BMW !
        pissing in wind is more fun than driving a FWD BMW.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Poop
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Yep, retarded. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        BMW is spreading themselves too thin.
      1. Brey335i's Avatar
        Brey335i -
        0.5M.... with the engine from the 328i
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        PUKE!! That car is beyond disgusting......
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Check this out, some of the comments here about this car were used in an article bnet.com, which is a CBS business network: http://www.bnet.com/blog/electric-ca...reat-idea/4466
      1. SSDD's Avatar
        SSDD -
        ^ haha. I guess bad press is better than no press?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SSDD Click here to enlarge
        ^ haha. I guess bad press is better than no press?
        It wasn't bad in my opinion. He called us the true enthusiasts, the real voice essentially. He was right, we are howling in protest.

        The only issue is the guess about these being sporty. They might be sporty like a Mini is sporty but BMW's are RWD first and foremost. Losing that shows much more is going on and there is a shift away from core enthusiasts like ourselves taking place at BMW. So while the general public will no doubt like them, we have never been like the general public that probably finds what most of us do with our cars absurd.
      1. SSDD's Avatar
        SSDD -
        You have a point. I guess to me he colored his tone with "Despite the inevitable whining...". I don't feel our actual commentary is whining, but more of a discussion on the motivation behind a automotive brand that, for decades, has stayed true to it's roots. Sure it's great from a corporate gains standpoint, but to me they are diluting the reputation they have built.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        I should go do some cleaning in headquarter, some people need kick.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        I hate the $#@!ing word "sporty". If it's FWD it's not for sports purposes. (one exception is when they played with FWD cars in the INDY500 races, didn't last long)


        Wouldn't a rear-engine, rear-drive car be just as efficient?!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        Wouldn't a rear-engine, rear-drive car be just as efficient?!
        Well it would be sportier on paper that is for sure.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Well it would be sportier on paper that is for sure.
        and have the same amount of drive-train loss..... I don't get it. Well I do, most people are too stupid to drive and would end up spinning, but they already have really good traction control systems, so actually I don't get it.....
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        and have the same amount of drive-train loss..... I don't get it. Well I do, most people are too stupid to drive and would end up spinning, but they already have really good traction control systems, so actually I don't get it.....
        BMW's have been RWD for a long time, it hasn't been a big deal. Better to spin your tires than understreer into a tree.