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Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 2004 C230 Sport Sedan, 2005 C240 Wagon
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In the current BIMMER magazine, the head of BMW Motorsport says BMW is supporting no factiory teams this year in any series (except F1), as they re-evaluate where to spend the $ -- my interpretation of the article was that the money may go to the M division instead of racing. They are also likely spending a lot more in F1 now that the team is theirs (they are doing much better this year).
This is pure speculation on my part, but the fact that AMG is selling very well (my impression -- they are everywhere in Atlanta) and seems to be keen on challenging the M cars handling advantage (w. Black Series), BMW may be thinking they need to invest in the M Division -- they used to have 2 M cars, now they have what, 5 or 6? (M3, M5, M6 coupe, M6 conv. Z4 M coupe and conv., ??). BMW is making money hand over fist, but new cars are still wildly expensive.