Originally Posted by Kayani_1
I do not think that there is any need to be sad about the N54 twin turbo engine in 1M. It might not have 8000rpm red line. But it offers far greater torque then the M3 engine. The ability to generate all this torque from as low as 1900 rpm is more use able during daily driving or even tighter tracks. The M3 on the other hand has to be driven pretty hard. Most people do not run up to 8K during daily driving.
Besides an appx. $600-1K chip like JB4/Procede etc......will make 1M near 400hp/400 Ib-ft of torque quiet easily with even more on tap with few additional things. The modding of N54 in 1M is a lot easier then M3 V8 and a lot cheaper.
Try modding an M3 V8 for similar power gains and see $$$$$$ flying out of your wallets at a rate faster then you can say N54.
So true. But with that said, I had a software-tuned 135i and I much prefer the power delivery of the M3. Different strokes for different folks. Look at how Porsche sells the 911 Turbo and GT3 RS. I doubt people who really know what they want in a car cross shop those two cars. Most of the M3 guys would much rather own the GT3RS over the 911 Turbo.