Yupe saw it yesterday evening.like title says, at midnight Tommy Kendal, Boris Said. young Rahal and Andretti were testing the new M3. pretty good show:cheers:
-Yes.Other than the "M" badging ... wouldn't the 335i with mods be a better bargain than the M3?
335 + Dinan software + LSD = hard time for M3. Depending on dealer markups you could probably afford coilovers, wheels, better tires and a front StopTech BBK for the 335 and still save money.
$4k, StopTech BBK (only necessary for tracking)
= $15 in total mods (very roughly).
The best part is that the 335 would be 50lbs lighter than the M3 to start with. The coilovers and brakes would shave another 20-30lbs, mostly in the front which will improve balance. Wheels could also save weight, but won't since they will end up being wider and with bigger tires. figure 5lbs or a wash. So, after mods, you'll have a car with comparable suspension, probably better grip, better balance, almost as much HP (416 vs. 385), MUCH more torque (295 vs. 421), and 75lbs or so less weight.
p.s. I also think the 335 Coupe looks a hell of a lot better than the M3 too, a minor point relative to performance. I also appreciate the sleeper factor on a genuinely fast non-M.
-Yeah, they make one. It's about $1700 and adds 6hp I think. I guess that's still within the budget and brings the 335 HP closer to the M3's. I just didn't think it was as important as the other mods.And don't forget a robust sounding Dinan exhaust :thumbsup: (not even sure they make one....:haha