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Old 05-14-2014, 09:24 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by wildirish317 View Post
So Zach, while I might agree that your 535 handles better than most E46s, I doubt that, given similar tires and suspension, that it will handle better than a 135. (I didn't compare the 335, since you are touting your 535 so highly. I'll leave that for your rebuttal.)
I agree given the same suspension and tire setups the 135i will certainly out-handle my 535i. My point was the difference would be so minimal that better tires can make up for the lost handling due to additional size and weight.

However, given the same exact set-ups I think the difference between a 135i and 335i would hardly be noticeable. The difference in a 335i and 535i would also be minimal and not very noticeable. Going from a 135i to a 535i would certainly be a much bigger change and the 535i would likely feel sluggish around corners.
I opted for the 535i because I wanted the best balance between comfort, luxury, and sportiness. I honestly feel that the 535i delivers in every aspect, and the 135/335 simply fall short. I love my 20-way adjustable sport seats.
For those who may not know, the Michelin Pilot Super Sports are the #1 ultra high performance street tires on the market.
My 535i began understeering around sharp corners at ~30mph with the stock run flats. I can now hit the same corners at 40+mph with the Michelin PSS tires. Unbelievable investment! They're about $1500 for a staggered set-up on my 535i, so be prepared to pay up. The rears last about 18k miles and the fronts are at 31k miles (I expect to replace the fronts in the next 15,000 miles).
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