I agree with the OP. Here is what I just posted on the e90 section. The M3 really lacks TQ. But I did love the sound of the V8 at 8,200 RPMs. I am thinking of writing up a review of what I think compared to the e46 M3 and Z4m.
I had the chance to take out an E92 M3 today. Very nice car, but all those buttons it has and I turned everything up and the car barely felt different. I did not like the sloppy gear shifter and clutch that both seemed rather weak. Felt like drive my old e90 330i stick with more power. This car is missing a soul compared to that of the E46 M3 and my current Z4M. The raw feeling no longer exists.
Well to the fun part.
My 335i has the Helix Attache.
1st Run 2nd gear from 40-100 (I was driving the M) The 335 pulled about 1 1/2 cars
2nd run same thing and 3rd run was also the same.
If we had a chance to get up to 140ish the 335 would def have the M3 by at least 4 car lengths.
The 335i pulls almost identical on my Z4M to that of the new M3 and I ran a best of 12.6@113MPH so the M3 times I have seen seem to be pretty much right on the Nose.