Date: 2 Jun 1997 16:15:01 -0400
From: "Koral, Joseph M." <> Subject: 6 cylinder Compact (323ti)!

According to information posted in from a German resident, the 323i Compact will be introduced at the IAA in Frankfurt this fall.

I won't quote his message here without permission, but he also stated the M3 Compact will *not* be produced. (Contrary to earlier reports, most notably CAR magazine).

Since North America is getting the E36 323is and 323iC for 1998, I wonder if a 323ti might soon follow, especially after the introduction of E46. It's very likely that the E46 Compact won't be introduced until 2 to 3 years after the E46 Sedan, so I would expect to see some increased value or options in order to salvage the last few E36 sales.

P.S. - Speaking of 6-cylinder engines, I need to find the exact quote, but I read in BMW Magazine that the aluminum 2.8L in the Z3 2.8 is only 40 or so pounds heavier than the 1.9L engine. I always wondered what a 6-cylinder engine would do to the weight distribution, not to mention overall weight, but perhaps it wouldn't be as bad as I thought.

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