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Old 04-05-2006, 01:36 AM   #82
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Originally Posted by 3erdriver
There are a couple things to consider in this. The average consumer isn't going to want to mod their car, mainly because of warranty issues. With an NA engine you can add parts and even change the ECU, and it's gonna be hard for the dealer to prove the parts had an effect on the engine. But when you increase the boost it's really easy to say that's what cause any problems. Plus you're gonna have the issue that the current e46's have now. You can supercharge a 330 and get the same power levels as an m3 but because the M3 revs so much higher it ends up having faster acceleration times because there's more powerband between shifts. Assuming the new e90 m3 v-8 is derived from the current m5/6 v-10 (which has more or less been confirmed), the engine will rev incredibly high (somewhere in the vacinity 8000 rpms). So while it will be easy to get to the e90 M3 power levels, the M3 will still be quicker due to an extra gear (assuming the 7speed SMG) and higher redline. Plus to get M3 handling performance you're gonna have to overhaul the suspension of the 335, and possibly ditch some weight. So it adds up. But all in all the 335 WILL be the incredible tuning platform that we've been waiting years for.
The points u bring up are all valid, but there are still unknown variables that could swing the performance pendulum either way..... pending the official specifications of the 335i turbo engine, available transmission options, its redline, and suspension platform... it will be interesting to see how close the 335i can get to the E92 M3's performance with simple bolt-on upgrades! If 335i buyers are anything like E46 buyers, I doubt the cars would be stock for long
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