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Old 07-03-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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E46 M3 Convertible vs. 335i Sedan, who would win in a straight line?

I have an E46 M3 Convertible 03' and my friend has 335i Sedan 08' and he keep s telling me that he can beat me in a straight line. I told him higher speeds I can take him. So we're going to the track and we're betting on it. What do you think the results will be? Both cars are automatic, (SMG for me). Should i keep going with this race? It's going to be a straight line
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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I've taken this test and I won several times. M3

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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The 335 will win I think.....
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:06 PM   #5
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Should be interesting to find out...video record it and post it so we can see! :-)
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:34 PM   #6
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seen soooooooooo mannnyyyy videos where e46 m3 pulls at higher speeds, and read the same. but my friend is being real convincing and I'm the convertible so I'm heavy haha
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:14 AM   #7
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The 335 might beat you from the line but the M3 should catch up pretty quickly with faster shifts.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:33 AM   #8
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335i hands down will destroy you. stock for stock. even an m3 coupe would have trouble
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:27 AM   #9
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:39 AM   #10
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Though I think it would still be interesting to race him yourself.

I know you have a vert, but based on this video, who ever wins might be determined on who has the better transmission/ driving skills.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:43 AM   #11
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Who cares if the 335 wins.... We all know that E46's were the best BMW's ever made!
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #12
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M3 Coupe vs 335 sedan/coupe would be more fair - only if both are stock however.

And whoever drove that m3 in he edmunds test sucks at driving... 5.4s 0-60, really? This car can do sub 5s pretty easily. We also don't know what kind of maintenance issues it had... Maybe needed new shocks?
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:37 PM   #13
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If you understand how to use the launch control on the Smg you should take him.
Plus his automatic is an automatic. Yours isn't, so your shifts should be quicker by quite a bit
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:49 PM   #14
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thanks guys, yeah the fact that i have a vert scares me, but ///m power
I've seen countless videos of the race between 335 and e46 and the 335 always takes it from the launch, but eventually the e46 quickly catches up. I'm hoping for a similar situation. i have 56k miles and he has 30k i think
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #15
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Let a lot of air out of his tires. More friction slowing him down.
Also offer to fill up his car before the race. Put in 87.
Fill his trunk with taco meat.
Real tip: run 1/4 tank or lower. This will save big time on weight. Good strategy for a short race.
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numbers wise their 0-60 and 1/4 mile are about the same.

think it would be decided by tires, launch and driver
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:23 PM   #17
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335i will win, sorry but you have drag with that convertible top and the sedan doesnt, which at high speeds will hurt you even more, just hope he didnt plug in a jb4 before the race or youll be dealing with a 450+ hp beast but stock for stock the 335i will pull a little.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:34 PM   #18
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To even things out he needs to have 2 grown men in the car. Otherwise that extra 350 pounds the vert has it not going to help at all.
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I'm almost positive the 6speed auto in the 335i shifts faster than an SMG. It's negligible really.

also that edmunds video is as old as dinosaurs lol
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:08 PM   #20
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we are both stock, and ya I'm just talking straight line. I'm getting a lot of mixed answers so i hope this ones in the books for e46 m3! i doubt we will have any passengers but if we do i will make sure they go in his car
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