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      01-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #23
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in Non ///m Form = E36>f32>e46>e92>e30>e21
In ///m Form = E46=f32> E30>e36>e92>e21
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      01-28-2013, 01:11 PM   #24
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I hadn't really thought about it until I saw the pics above, but if the pattern is to be believed, BMW make two model iterations that, by and large, look related, and then they change the overall design theme completely.
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      01-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #25
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I'd have to say that my favorites are the E46 and soon to be released F32. Then the E92 in close second and don't care much for the rest.
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      01-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #26
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I think its quite unfair to have an E36 M3 there.
yet...its also unfair to put a ZHP in the crowd....=P

E46 ZHP is just gorgeous!
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The E36 portrayed here seems to be an ///M3. A bit of an unfair comparison...
It's not a ///M3.
The mirrors are wrong. They sold ///M packages for coupes and convertibles that had cosmetic bits but were not true ///M. The flag mirrors on the non-///M cars are a dead give away. The ///M3 had aerodynamic oval mirrors.
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      01-28-2013, 01:36 PM   #28
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I`m not see M-mirrors, did they come facelift e36 M3 only? or is it Us M3? But front is lowered, stock 3er has massive wheel gap.
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It's not a ///M3.
The mirrors are wrong. They sold ///M packages for coupes and convertibles that had cosmetic bits but were not true ///M. The flag mirrors on the non-///M cars are a dead give away. The ///M3 had aerodynamic oval mirrors.
Good eyes. I dont think that E36 is stock. I think its an M3 wannabe.
It has the M3 badge on the door side molding.
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      01-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #29
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I hadn't really thought about it until I saw the pics above, but if the pattern is to be believed, BMW make two model iterations that, by and large, look related, and then they change the overall design theme completely.
Yes. Whether or not there has been a conscious effort to do it that way or not, that is how it has gone. Some correctly predicted the largely evolutionary styling direction of the F3x before it was seen testing based on this pattern.
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      01-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #30
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As i look at these, it seems that the evolution of the 3 series comes in pairs... so the next generation may be radically different that current.

E21 & E30
E36 & E46
E92 & F32
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      01-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #31
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In my opinion the 4 Concept looks like the love child of an E46 and E92, but in a good way.
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      01-28-2013, 02:06 PM   #32
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great comparo pics..note how the front overhangs get longer and longer while the rear+trunk is getting shorter and shorter..reminds me of maseratis..
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      01-28-2013, 02:10 PM   #33
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Good eyes. I dont think that E36 is stock. I think its an M3 wannabe.
It has the M3 badge on the door side molding.
the e36 was the easiest model to make look like an M
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I like this. Amazing how much the E30 looks like the original (2002).

It would be cool to also include the 2002 as well as the pre and post LCI cars

Would be cool to see the dashboard evo as waell.
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Looks nice, I am not sure e21 and E30 felgen size but
E21 13" ?
E30 15" ?
E36 17"
E46 18"
E92 19"
F3? 20" ?
E30 bottlecaps are 14"

Euro basketweave wheels are the only OEM 15" wheels for the E30
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      01-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #37
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Agree with what someone else already said, e30 and e46 are best.
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      01-28-2013, 02:46 PM   #38
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E30 and E46 are my favorite. The E36 looks like ass unless it's made super aggressive
E46 FTW! Still looks classy and sporty. Perfect daily driver IMO for little cash.
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I`m not see M-mirrors, did they come facelift e36 M3 only? or is it Us M3? But front is lowered, stock 3er has massive wheel gap.
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It's not a ///M3.
The mirrors are wrong. They sold ///M packages for coupes and convertibles that had cosmetic bits but were not true ///M. The flag mirrors on the non-///M cars are a dead give away. The ///M3 had aerodynamic oval mirrors.
You are right, not an M3. I missed the mirrors.
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nice

these pics always make me think how cool it would be to go back 20 years with a current model - how would everyone like it ?
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E30.

That is all.
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I hadn't really thought about it until I saw the pics above, but if the pattern is to be believed, BMW make two model iterations that, by and large, look related, and then they change the overall design theme completely.
Yes they do a cycle of revolution then evolution with each model.
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