Thread: BMW M3 vs 335i
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      06-24-2009, 12:11 PM   #59
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Originally Posted by 330CIZHP View Post
Really?? You got any proof or you are just thinking it up?? Their stock to stock Nurburgring lap times are 8:05 vs 8:26. That is HUGE on the order of around 17 - 18 car lengths at the finish line! A 330 CI ZHP was not that much slower than an E46 M3. So I am not sure why you somehow downplay the difference between 335 and E92 M3.

So your buddy's 335 improved by 20+ seconds just with two small mods still without a diff??

As far as I know, a fully modded Dinan stage 3 (that comes with a diff) in a track comparison could not beat or equal the M3, you are saying your buddy's 335 without a diff is faster than a stage 3 Dinan tuned 335??
Good points all, but I think Boosted335 may have been talking about how the respective cars feel in everyday driving, rather than actual cornering speeds or the ability to get through a series of twisties more quickly. In my opinion, the M3 is not at its shining best on the street, where it feels a little ponderous and weighty. It only comes into its full glory on the track.

As a minor observation, a 21 second lead at the Nurburgring finish line would convert to something like six tenths of a mile at an average 100 mph for those 21 seconds.