Originally Posted by cme
You have been drinking the BMW Kool-Aid. I love BMW's and own 4 of them currently and have owned a dozen in the last 20 years. The build their new M-cars so they can sell more of them. Take a new stock M3 to any track and see how long those brakes and tires last trying to hurl 3,500lbs around. They are great cars but more sport coupes and tourers vs. true sports cars.
I tracked just fine with stock brakes and pads. I'm not the fastest by any means but get my share of point by's. You just have to manage your brakes a lot more. Am I happy with the stock brakes? HELL NO, but the E36 didn't have a true //M engine- end of story.