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Re: Is the M3 really that slow? 15.4 in 1/4 mile? (archive)

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Posted by Mark Reitman on October 31, 2000 at 14:35:19:

In Reply to: Is the M3 really that slow? 15.4 in 1/4 mile? posted by Todd on October 31, 2000 at 08:16:22:

I am in the market for an E30 M3 but don't want every modified Honda smoking me from the stop light! What is the really world 1/4 mile times for a stock M3 and one with typical bolt ons. My E36 M3 ran 13.90s with chip, filter and exhaust! I don't expect that kind of performance but did want the mid 14s.

The stock E30 M3 runs in the low to mid 15 second range. Our 90 M3 with just an authority chip and K&N filter ran consistent 14.8-14.9s. In fact, it even beat a few E36 M3's that were running mid to low 14's. Now how is this possible? Starting line technique known as short staging. By short staging immediately in the timing lights and leaving on the last yellow, I am able to whole shot many an
E36 M3. When I drag race, I never see the green light come on. If I do, I've lost at the line. In fact, I ran against a 944 turbo which turned mid 13's and took him 3/4 of the 1/4 mile until he caught and passed me the last 400 feet.
We ran about 10 times that night and he was never able to catch and pass me until the end. To really
tick him off, I purposely red lighted on our last run and actually beat him to the end of the 1/4 mile. Starting line technique is the key to good runs.

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