In Reply to: 323ci manual OR 328ci manual ? posted by Felix on September 20, 1999 at 07:54:09:
I'm a new owner of a 323ci. Quite frankly, even with babying the car thru break-in, I am having a hard time not exceeding speed limits and/or driving faster than the rate of traffic. Not that I'm claiming to be Fittapaldi...quite the opposite. Its just that even while I am still under using the 2.5l engine's capabilites, I am hitting maximum safe driving speed/style in the Bay Area. (The car drives very smoothly at 70mph at just under 3000 rpm - by the time I hit 5-6000, I 'll be doing 90 easy...there are just not that many places where I can do that (even tho' my lead foot is itchin' to try!)
To be sure if I was truely doing ontrack racing I could use the extra hp and perhaps when hauling 4 people up a steep hill I 'll feel a little short in the boost dept., but in day to day driving, even as an enthusiast, you are going to need to worry more about adding points to your license than the missing horses from the 328.
Just my opinion and reflects my transition from driving low torque/peaky Honda engines...the broad power band in the BMW is amazing...drove up Mt Tam this weekend a couple times...it's almost too easy, just a few flicks between 2-3rd (vs 3 shifts per curve in my Honda VTEC)...it's almost like driving an automatic.