First of all let me say that the M Coupes (E36/8 & E86) have my vote as the most wonderful embodyment of BMW-ness since the 2002tii (driving pleasure category) and 507 (design elegance category). I would have proudly worn the badge "dork" in an M54-powered E36/8 clown shoe! Not to sound like an apologist, but my decision to throw my lot in with the 335i coupe was borne mostly out of a need to put a child seat in the back (!). With memories of driving the E86 through the twisties of Garmisch still fresh in my mind, pulling the trigger on the E92 nearly killed me. (I have since recovered.) All that being said, watching much more heavily-engined cars shrink in my rear view mirror as I pull effortlessly away is a special joy that always brings a smile to my face. Is it schadenfreude? Yes, but I don't laugh openly or while they're looking, so I'm okay with it. But imagine... What if BMW threw the N54 under the bonnet of the E86? I love the six individual throttle bodies of an M54 as much as the next guy, but the torque plateau (it's hardly a curve) of the twin-turbine, and its nearly absent turbo lag would make an especially potent match mated to the chassis of the lighter E86. Has anyone heard of BMW thinking along the same lines? Does anyone else think this would be fun? Long live the Dorks.