In Reply to: M3 vs M5 posted by tony on January 16, 2000 at 18:22:35:
: is the engine really is going to be 340 hp then it will be able to compete with the m5? if this is true then bmw will have to change
: the price of one of these cars! otherwise people are goint to save 20k and buy the m3 the only drawback is size the m5 is
: slightly larger and had standard 4 doors the m3 just just be a sportier version of the m5
: i say lower the hp to 300 that way it will be a larger performance gap that is directly related to the 20k price difference?
600 lbs difference is not "lightly larger". One is a high performance coupe while the other is high performance luxury sedan.
These cars are for rather difference markets so I doubt BMW is too worried about their straight line performance being similar. There are many other differences between these cars.
Last I heard, M3 will be very close if not under 5 secs 0-60. But the M5 will, as it always has in previous incarnations, beat the M3 beyond that speed.