Originally Posted by gthal
Maybe but there is more to the equation than just pure power. There is hp to weight. There is handling and braking. But, if drag races are your thing then you are probably right.
I get the point there is more to bring to the party than straight line speed. But the rest of the bmw lineup seems to be throwing that out the window with every new turbo car that is now simply a straight line bullet with decent other attributes that no longer best the competition.
But if you are going turbo anyway, than why not compete in all facets. I hope the m3 still bests the merc in all the other measures too, but why give up one of the best selling features of these cars to most buyers-acceleration in a straight line. You don't have to have one or the other with turbo technology. No longer do you need a huge engine which is really heavy to put out power which in turn would disturb weight and handling. A small 4 litre v8 could have launched the m3 in front of merc in every category and now it simply wont happen