In Reply to: in the real world, 0-60 is much more important posted by than top speed. eom on September 22, 1999 at 13:35:24:
First, once you get below, say, 8 second 0-60, the rest is pretty much for fun. Same with top speed. Where I drive (NY metro area) I can occassionally hit 80 without having to weave (which I don't do). Most of the time, you can't even get near that. So why bother with a car that can do more than 100 mph? For the same reasons most BMWs get bought, BECAUSE I WANT ONE. If I wanted to buy a car for strictly practical purposes, I'd find something way cheaper. For pushing $40K, I damn well expect the car to perform, and without some politically correct limitations.
Also, I use the ratio of 0-60 time and the top speed as a significant measure of a car's performance. 6.6 and 128 is not all that impressive. With alot of cars, short gearing will get you that. 6.6 and 145, which is what it seems the 328 could really do without the limiter, is alot more impressive. It means the car has the bottom end to get off the line, and, at the same time enough top end to really move. Incidently, I use 7.0/140 as a benchmark. I know there's more to performance, both straight line and otherwise. But for a quick, easy comparison, this is quite useful.
End if rant.
: : Will the much anticipated 3 liter 220 hp E46 have the infernal speed governor set at 128 mph? If so, why bother increasing the HP. Better off with a 328, or even 323, with a Dinan/Confortti software upgrade.