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Stock is a moving target too... (archive)

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Posted by Stan on October 25, 2001 at 13:41:24:

In Reply to: Re: Has Anyone dragged with a Type R integra? posted by Andrie on October 25, 2001 at 11:00:15:

...making it hard to compare cars across the years at times. If you consider the better technology now available and considered ordinary.

For example, the M3 (and many other 80's cars) has ultra conservative engine mapping and no knock sensor. Adding a chip really helps this car, and yet the mapping cannot be as aggressive as a knock sensor equipped modern car. The type R comes with very good mapping stock, as do modern Bimmers.

An archaic device (the electromechanical AFM) really restricts the M3. Modern cars haven't used them in many years. And they won't be making a comeback!! So if you ditch the AFM it might be considered a mod by some, and/or an update by others. That is another mod that really helps the car. Everywhere in the rev range full and part throttle. The car is simply transformed below 4000 too.

Another one could be the E2 cam. I think that would have wound up on the US cars had the sales volume and EPA aproval issues not hampered matters. That part helps the car above 5800 without side effects below that point.

My point is that stock is certainly stock but that modern cars come with what would be considered mods on older cars.

With the above noted and some other stuff I'm getting 0-60 in 5.75 and novice 1/4 miles in 14.17 seconds with mediocre 60 foot times.


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