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      09-01-2010, 06:40 PM   #50
M3 Montreal

Drives: 2012 M3 SG ,DCT & 2011 S4
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Montreal , Canada

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Originally Posted by adc View Post
I'm not sure the numbers are as close as you say - all the numbers I've seen make it seem a tad faster than the 335i - on par with the 335is if you want.

In terms of acceleration the M3 records 1/4 mile speeds between 111-116 mph, all stock. The S4 is nowhere near that. The S4 (and 335i for that matter) may seem fast by the seat of the pants but that doesn't mean they are faster.

What you feel during a regular test drive is far from the true potential of the M3 - it leads some to think it's a little overhyped. But when this happens, you're not even scratching 50% of the performance envelope. When the S4 and 335i are reaching the end of their reserves and capabilities, the M3 is just getting started. It may sound elitist or snobbish, but it's the pure truth - when driven really hard, the M3 is frighteningly fast and can do things that are not in the S4/335i repertoire.

I agree with you on S4 pricing though - it's on the high side.

Base S4 starts at 51k here in Canada and base M3 at 71k... Not even close here.
2012 E92-M3 Space Grey on Fox Red, DCT

2011 B8 S4 S-Tronic , Black on magma red