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M3 versus S2000 using a 5500 RPM limit (archive)

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Posted by Stan on February 23, 2000 at 10:44:04:

I sent this in to UUC but thought it was an interesting tidbit so I submitted it here too. ( I performed the tests) Stan
I have read some of the test reports on the new Honda S2000 with it's peaky rev forever motor. The best 0-60 times I have seen for it were in the low to mid 5 second range. It's pretty dead in the first part of the rev range, they say. And the low times included dropped clutch launching at the redline of many motors.

Curious about low rev capability, one of the testers tried a 0-60 test using a 5500 RPM limit. Which took 11 seconds. Wow, about TWICE as long as the max rev trials.

What would an E30 M3 do in the same type of rpm limited acceleration test? I decided to try it out using my Vericom to measure 0-60 times. My M3 is an 88 with an old Dinan chip, cam gear, Borla, original cat, heavy 16s and stereo, and a "better" air filter. I'm not sure how a stock E30 M3 would compare. I have achieved high six second 0-60s with this car but note that I have to shift into third gear at roughly 58 mph which hurts the times. A quick 0 to 58 mph (just reprogram the vericom) test showed about 5.9 seconds so with more revs or effective gearing changes it might do it in the low to mid 6s if I can avoid 3rd gear.

Most of my testing involves in gear X speed or RPM to Y speed or RPM to eliminate skill and launch variation. O-60 tests require practice to get a good launch which can affect the results quite a bit - nearly a second in many cases. Then again it's a popular benchmark.

Using a 2500 RPM launch and a 5500 RPM limit (tough to hit precisely in first gear) it can do 8 to 8.4 seconds zero to sixty. Hmm the dead below 4000 M3 came off quite a bit better in this casual test than the S2000. Decent acceleration and less of a percentage drop off compared to max rev tests. Questions? Comments? Smart remarks?


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