In Reply to: Re: 1.9 vs 2.8/2.3 vs M posted by Mike S. on February 11, 2000 at 15:07:07:
Big difference? Had the chance to run both of these cars head to head and through 3rd gear (around 85 mph) the cars where dead even. Even after that the 2.8 crawls and i mean crawls ahead. Gearing and weight make the cars somewhat identical, BMW marketing would like you to think there is a big difference to justify the price increase, but really there isnt. Dyno test of 2.3 show that it is considerably higher than 170hp as BMW claims, 1/4 mile times of .1-.2 of a second apart is not a "difference" enough.