Originally Posted by MCoupeInsanity
I'd have bought the hybrid if it was built around the N26 and not the N55. As it is, it's a minimal fuel economy improvement for a bunch of money. It could have been a great car for gas mileage while not costing an arm and a leg -- they whiffed on that opportunity though.
I think they're trying to position the AH3 as a very top-end model, with features and performance. If they would have put a 4cyl in it, it would be in a very in-between price point and position. By using the N55, they can add a few additional features and consider it a "premium" over a regular 335i. In other words, you get a lot more, for just a $2500 increase over a 335i.