Originally Posted by CPWINCH
there are way more differences than just that. Its a whole different car in my opinion. The handling, the engine of course; it just feels better. My brother owns a 6MT M3 and I had 6AT 335 FBO. My car was faster in a straight line and it had coilovers but it was no where as fun as the m3. Its an animal. I sold my 335 after 2 years of ownership and am now ready to get into an M3 with DCT
Your point is well taken but as a daily driver it's hard to get to the handling limit of the M3 or even the 335 for that matter. I do push the turns wherever I can and it's so easy to get the back end of the 335 to come out - which makes it a lot more fun actually than the M3 for DD duties. This trait is a liability to the 335 on the track unless one's goal is to drift (not mine).
I don't know if your 335 was an n54 with meth, but if so, the M3 is just slug in comparison. Winding the M3 out to 8,400 RPM such a chore on the street but you need to do it for it get moving.For me, my 335 is WAY more fun on the street than the stock DCT M3.
My M3 is now blown with Akra/MRF exhaust so it will likely change the DD charactistics dramatically. Hopefully I will like it better than the 335 for DD.