Originally Posted by fugginfazt
Someone convince me otherwise:
E92 335 fully loaded 48K
E92 M3 base 60k
To get a 335 even close in performance:
lightweight interior and body panels 5500
Seems to me your gonna spend that 15 to 20k difference just to catch up to the M3's
street capabilities, and you will still get spanked on the track
1. PROcede is $1,300
2. Although an LSD would be very beneficial, I'm not totally convicned that it's absolutely necessary; however, I now know that a set of wider, stickier non-RFT tires is a must with a PROcede-equipped 335i (my set of 19" Michelin PS2s cost $1,262 from DiscountTireDirect.com) + balancing/mounting from a local tire shop.
3. Some suspension mods would help.
Again, I think a heavily modded 335i would surpass the performance of a stock '08 M3, but a lightly modded 335i (like w/ PROcede and a good set of non-RFT tires) will also be very close to the M3 performance wise.
Most ppl in this category will not be at the track every weekend, so a slightly modded 335i that hangs with an M3 at least from 0-100mph for $15k-$20k less is a very acceptable choice.