18th September 2001, 21:09
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Join Date: Nov 2000
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Beware of the e46 M3 !
I got my first chance to drive the new M product from Germany last night. The white M3 belongs to my cousin and so we switched cars to see what the other had to offer. Accelerating through gears gave me the sense that the car is up there and could be a threat. The first and second gear are fast but it started to give up that power from third gear. You can say just the opposite of its bigger brother which starts to pull hard from third gear and upwards!
So my impression was that a race against the beast could be close to third maybe but then it would fall behind to the mighty V8 power. Anyway, we had a chance to race eachother although each driver wasn't in his own car. We were rolling and took off at the count of three, i slightly accelerated after the M5 and thought there was no way i would keep up after my bad start. The M5 pulled ahead 1/2 car length through second but he lost momentum shifting into third and i managed to pull ahead in the M3 till almost forth. At the lights, my cousin told me that he didnt get used to shifting with my short shifter and so had a small drop while shifting. I told him it looked worse cuz i shifted alot faster than him which made the M3 pull ahead and stay ahead through another gear.
M5er came alone later and was curious of how the M3 would match up. This time i was in my car just following them. At the first lights, they both were gonna race from stand still. It went green and it seemed that the M5 was the only car that spun the wheels while taking off but later my cousin said he spun his wheels too (could he be lying?). The M3 was slightly ahead through second but it was difficult to judge when two sub 5 second cars take off with me just following at normal pace!!! They tried again and the same story. 2 M mobiles spinning their wheels off the line with the M3 ahead again! As they were going through gears, it could be seen that the M5 was starting to gain on the M3 and real him in. He eventually passed him but that was only at 120 mp/h. They tried again but from rolling start and the M3 was no competition as the m5 just pulled away as soon as they went GO!!!!
To conclude, i can say that the M3 is alot faster than it feels thanks to its power to weight ratio. Its torque is only 269 so don't be fooled that it wasn't to your expectations. Im sure that the race could be tighter cuz the M5 spun its wheels on both our the standstill runs. So don't hesitate M5 owners with the little 3 series from Germany with the M emblem on its trunk. It is FAST!
Black/ Black & Grey E60 /// M5 Nicknamed Mighty M5
RD sport front splitters (diablo has a full lip)
RD sport silver CF front inlets
Kidneys painted black (just like diablo)
CF front and rear emblems (just like diablo)
CF double sided Vorsteiner bonnet (coated and unpainted- just like diablo )
AC schnitzer mono block V. 8.5x20 in the front and 10x20 in the rear. 245/35 ZR20 & 285/30ZR 20
AC Schnitzer roof spoiler (just like diablo)
CSL CF trunk
AC Schnitzer rear diffuser
Smoker LED rear lights (just like diablo)
CF side grillle
V-cool all around tint
AC schnitzer steering wheel (just like diablo)
CF logo on steering wheel
AC scnitzer black i-drive cover (model of wheels)
Hamann pedals (just like diablo)
CF BMW steering wheel logo (just like diablo)
Trim body matched
Corbeau racing seats. Weigh only 27 lbs
Custom 2 tone interior- black and grey leather with yellow stiching
Custom door panels. same as above.
EvoSport headers (diablo has SS headers)
ESS computer upgrade
SS race mufflers (diablo has sports mufflers)
SS X pipe (just like diablo)
RPI intake w/black scoops
Brembo 15" front and rear brakes with yellow calipers (diablo has red calipers)
16" OEM fan installed at the front of the radiator
H&R lowering springs
Gone but not forgotten
Supercharged e39 M5 nicknamed El Diablo
700+whp@only 13 psi. Has all the mods in the book minus racing seats.
Sold to board member wilsodh
Last edited by Black M5; 19th September 2001 at 01:56.