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Some numbers for you to chew on. (archive)

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Posted by J.M3 on May 14, 2001 at 11:38:44:

In Reply to: Re: WTF! my coupé have folding seats! is that bad? posted by J.M3 on May 14, 2001 at 11:24:20:

Thanks to Daanesh for these numbers..

BMW lists the static torsional rigidity of the E46 in its sales training literature. it is as follows:

sedan 18000Nm per degree of torsion

sedan w/fold downs 13,000Nm

sport wagon w/fold downs 14,000Nm

coupe w/fold downs 12,500

convertible 10,500Nm

like i said the difference is pronounced -- sharper turn in, less disturbed by mid-corner bumps, smoother ride (less 'jiggle').

that said, the E46 convertible apparently about the same torsional rigidity as the E36 coupe. (!)

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