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Temperature might play an important role Paul... (archive)

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Posted by Suwipin M on June 21, 2000 at 18:34:08:

In Reply to: Re: What is the 0-60 of the E36 M3? (long) posted by Paul E on June 21, 2000 at 11:23:13:

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: Folks, Let's not forget about those M3s which have also been tested by the magazines at 6.0 or even more! It wasnt only the recent Car and DRiver that tested the '99 at 6.0 ....At home, I have a compendium from all the trades which shows an autoweek test at 6.2, and 2 other magazines at 6.0 even. Granted, these are not 'exemplary' of most M3s. But, they DID exist, and they DID run those piss poor times. So, its quite likely that there are some of us who also have M3s which would turn no better than 6.0. And, let's not forget, these tests were done with pro drivers in track situations, with excellent black top, no traffic or distractions, etc, etc. Although the magazines gave concessions to the fact that these poor times are not typical, or even as good as other M3s they tested, they nevertheless cant explain it except to say 'individual differences'. AT over $40K, I'd be more than a little upset if I had one of those. Remember the recent Cobras? At least there, they were ALL bad, and Ford implemented a correction. Anyway, I think it takes something like 12 - 15 hp in our M3s to produce a .1 improvement in 0-60. So, do those 6 second M3s only produce 240 less 75 hp? Seems VERY strange... But just try bettering your 0-60 time by adding bolt on parts and intakes and stuff. I think you'll find that much less than 15 hp added wont impact your 0-60 time. Dinan SC cars were tested at approx 4.8 sec 0-60. Stock times for those same cars were 5.6. That's an 8/10 sec improvement. AT 15 hp per tenth, that's 120 hp. Which is just how much more peak hp the Supercharged cars make. So, using this rough forumula, those 6 second M3s must be making about 4 * 15 or close to 60 hp less. Which we find very hard to believe. I mean, there are individual differences and there are individual differences...But this is ridulous. Could the pro drivers on the test be that bad? What if they're the same drivers that tested other M3s at a more (normal) 5.5 or 5.6 ? What if it were the track conditions with no traction. But dont we trust our magazine testers to use some discretion and judgement in testing in comparable or 'normal' conditions... I wonder who among us would admit to having a 6 second M3. And, I remember when 6 second anything was damn fast!!!

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