Originally Posted by deutsche280
ok u know how mercedes has AMG versions of all its models, howcome BMW doesnt have M versions of all its cars, to compete with AMG models, for example there is no M7, or M8, or a new 8-series for that matter (they have M3, M5, M6)
Dude, think about it. For Mercedes, they just slap a powerful engine in an S-Class or a CL (focusing on the 65 versions) so they can hold the title of "most powerful production car in the world." All of Europe is in a car power struggle: the Bugatti Veyron, the Mercedes 65 AMG cars, etc.
BMW's goal is to have a balance of power and responsiveness and cornering ability without any sacrifice. They just don't slap an engine into a 5-series and call it an M5. They go through chassis workouts, engine workouts, suspension, aerodynamics, technology. Sure, Mercedes AMG does it, but not as extensively as BMW.
And why there's no M7 to fit the E65/E66 7-Series, the car's a bloody tank. It's huge and too heavy to follow with BMWs tradition of balance that I mentioned in the paragraph above. The laws of physics just don't allow for such a heavy and big car to perform like a super car, just like they've gotten the smaller E60 5-Series to do.
And there was an M8. At the time the E31, the 850CSi was fully tuned and modified by the M-Division. I don't know why they called it an 850CSi rather than an M8 (I know a shit load about E31s since they are my dream cars, let alone BMWs and Mercedes since I like them both alot). If you look on registration cards for Euro 850CSi's, it will say M8 instead of 850CSi.
The reason why there's no new 8-series, is because it wasn't that hot of a car when it was first introduced. Firstly, there was really never much of a market for the car, it was often deemed overpriced, too heavy, the electronics were rubbish (if you left the car sitting for 3 weeks or more, the battery would die and take all the electronics with it) and underpowered. So it wasn't really that successful, but it's a great classic and is a very desirable collectible and the ecar was way ahead of it's time and still was with the technology in it.
Today, there really isn't much of a market for the 8 still, and people would still remember the 8 the way it was when it first came out so bringing it back would be really really hard, unless it was so good, that, it was amazing.
The reason why they stopped the 6-Series after the E24, was because they were replacing it with the E31 8-Series, which was produced from 1989 to 1998.