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Posted by patrick in riverside on September 29, 2001 at 00:52:13:

In Reply to: can a 535 w/chip take on a regular 540?? posted by LAM on September 28, 2001 at 23:30:49:

Ive raced 4 540's on the freeway and once of the line. At that time i wasnt chipped either.If its auto tranny vs auto then you will be able to hang with a chip.The 540(auto) just doesnt have the break away horsepower to blow you away. All 4 times i raced 540's(e34) they can never pull away.It also depends on where you race. If there is any breaking involved(like a race track)then the 540 would have even less of an advantage.lap times would only be slightly better.I do think the six speed 540 would have a 1or2 second advantage on a track lap. It could really get time on you getting out of sweeping corners. The real truth to the big picture is both cars are slow cars when you talk racing. I wouldnt consider a car 3500 pounds fast until about 350 horsepower.You gotta run in the LOW 13's or high 12's(quarter mile) As you know both cars are far short of that.about 3 seconds short.As a side note, even a little 325 can be a match for an e34 540 on a twisty road or track.Those who would say a 540 would blow you away are pulling your leg or they really dont know.
patrick 89 535ia sharked


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