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Re: So it's a "Wind it Out" screamer ... (eom) (archive)

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Posted by waiting on September 27, 1998 at 23:36:06:

In Reply to: So it's a "Wind it Out" screamer ... (eom) posted by Tom M. on September 25, 1998 at 15:17:06:

Thank goodness it is! I've long been sitting on the Z3 fence, mostly because BMW has failed to put "screamer" engines in its Z3s (the 7500 rpm 321 horsepower Euro-spec M excepted).

I have nothing against low-end torque for the masses. But the REAL FUN in a SPORTS CAR is the rush of power at high RPMs, and knowing how to use it. Ideally, VANOS should provide both, but IMHO BMW has been more interested in catering to middle-aged yuppies who grew up with pushrod pony cars than in providing a real sportscar experience.

Sure, you can improve things by going to the aftermarket, but I think the $40K price of entry of the 318-based Z3 should include everything needed to fulfill its sporting pretensions. Even the MZ has been criticized for having a suspension which -- though capable -- is tuned more for comfort than 10/10s stability. (See, e.g., Autocar, Aug. 26, 1998, concluding that, although the M Roadster is better made & faster (duh!), it "can't match" the "composure and communication at speed" of the new Miata). At the very least, BMW could do a better job of making engine & suspension upgrades available as option packages.

Like many of you, I've always preferred German to Japanese machinery, but maybe a little competition from the designed-from-the-ground-up-to-be-a-roadster Honda S2000 is exactly what this market segment needs.
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