Originally Posted by username11
The numbers very much back this up, but people have heard the mantra "a tuned 335 is faster than a M3" so many times on the forums (consistently posted by 335 owners) that they repeat it as fact.
If one were to judge from the forums, a tuned 335i is the fastest car in the world while the M3 has so little low end torque that it must be pushed down a hill to get going.
I agree. The other thing that is neglected is the fact that pushing the boost on the turbo to get nearly the same performance in a straight line as the M can't be good for longevity. I know that many will say that it has been "tested", but there is most likely a reason that BMW isn't running boost pressures in this range. It isn't because they want to market an "ultimate driving machine" that is mediocre.
That and I've never had an issue with torque on the M. I typically find that I have to be a bit conservative on the throttle if I don't want to risk an "exhibition of speed" charge.