Originally Posted by SteelTorque
Stock vs stock, there is no doubt that the M3 handles MUCH better. Nobody doubts the M3's handling capabilities. But you can't live your life at the track.
And if you want a track car, the M3 is certainly not the car for that.
The question that has always been asked was : Is the M3 20k better than the 335 with a couple of mods?
Well, that depends on every person's lifestyle/needs.
Personally, since I only plan on tracking a few times a year, the 335 is a good value for 50k as it handles good and can be pretty damn fast for cheap. In everyday life, I love it's massive torque.
So, again, how fast the M3 is at the track is irrelevant to most people because you can't be at the track all day.
95% of the people don't even track their can on a regular basis.
In everyday life, the 335 with a strong "chip" and some coilovers will be very very close to an M3.
I doubt there is too many people out there that will make the M3 out perform a 335i with some chosen upgrades.
That's the question which should be asked. In the right hands there is no doubt the M3 will be quicker, especially so on the track but on the road where few sensible people will ever push a car close to it's capabilities then the difference between the two will be nil.
So if there is little or no difference on the road then does that mean everyone who has ordered or driving a new M3 looks stupid for wasting all that extra cash, of course not, there is more to the experience of owning an M3 than pure abilities. The way the engine, chassis, steering and brakes perform are as much about the ownership as it's out right performance.
I test drove both, the M3 and the 335i and there is a lot more to the experience and driving pleasure with the M3 than you get with the 335i. Is it worth $20K well that it up to the each and everyone independently, but if you car afford a Rolex do you buy a Casio. Sorry for the comparison but I think you get the point.