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Re: Euro engine or supercharger? (archive)

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Posted by Euro M3 owner on April 21, 1999 at 00:47:22:

In Reply to: Re: Euro engine or supercharger? posted by Bassem on April 21, 1999 at 00:06:24:

Yes Euro Engine,

I got a Euro M3 (E36 Evo II 321hp), consider the following. The price is sky high (with some options, I left the dealership with ~65k USD less in my pocket). There is some reasons for this.

a) The engine is much lighter (the engine block is aluminium and is 80 lbs lighter) and is WAY MORE advanced IN EVERY ASPECT (like down to air flow sensor, fuel pump, etc). You can also "work" the engine a lot more (you got better quality parts to start with).

Note: Having also driven the US/CAD M3, I think it is more like our Euro 328i Sport then an M3 but with a little more HP (the general feeling of the car).

Note: The 328i Sport is a 328 that goes thought Motorsport for some extensive "tuning" (kind of a light M3).

b) I currently have it as a normaly aspirated 3.5L with 437hp (going from 321 -> 437 is pretty expensive, expect about 10k to 15k USD more).

c) Gunning the engine at +8400 rpm is way cool. If I wanted torque, I would have bought a Viper. Blowing away a Ferrari with an aspirated engine is way cool, doing it with a compressor/turbo is easy. I know somebody how as a Golf TDI (that's turbo DIESEL) worked up to +330hp, but it still feels and sound like a truck/tractor and helas! it is still a kind of "bastard" engine.

But then again, you don't have the 6 speed (a must to work the engine) and you sould think about upgrading the clutch and suspension. Brakes should be OK (you have a +20% HP securiy gap).

If you want a Euro engine, you could also call.

Axiom Race Engineering
3081 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 966-1873

Hope I helped you some !

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