Part of it is you're much more hesitant to wreck a $45k-$55k car than a $10k E46.
I also agree. My FI'd E46 330 is about 15-20 hp down (maybe) with about 40 more wtq vs my E90 M3. Despite all of the issues I've had with my E46 I still enjoy the car on the track a LOT more than my M3. The E46 is a lot more tactile. I run on a track with a superspeedway oval as part of the front straight. I hit 140+ MPH at the end of it in my E46 and it feels fast. I hit the 155mph speed limiter in my E90 and it feels like I'm going 100mph. In fact, I almost went off the f'ing track because I didn't think I was going that fast and didn't brake enough.
Basically, a buddy who usually rides with me at the track as a passenger made an observation. I can be going 80mph through a corner in my E90 and it feels like nothing. I can go the same speed through the same corner in my E46 and he's holding on to the armrest for dear life.
There's something about hanging on a vette's bumper down the straight in my "lowly" E46. Don't knock the E9X M3. It is an amazing machine FAR beyond my capabilities to drive at the limit.
Last edited by bigjae1976; 11-05-2012 at 10:31 AM.