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Postby Khyron » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:08 am

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88alltracohio wrote:And then one of my kinda friends parents just bought him a 1998 BMW M3. It's ridiculuos. But hey, thrids not to bad. :) , and by the time I'm a senior in high school, if the M3 stays stock, I might be able to get to second.


You know, those M3's of that generation only had 240 hp stock. And since your car might be lighter, with a few bolt-ons, you probably would be faster than him.


Wow, I didn't know that. I always thought they were in the 300 range... and when you think about what one of those costs new (circa 40K) that's not so hot. They still look tough imho.
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Postby d1alltrac » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:21 am

Khyron wrote:
db wrote:
88alltracohio wrote:And then one of my kinda friends parents just bought him a 1998 BMW M3. It's ridiculuos. But hey, thrids not to bad. :) , and by the time I'm a senior in high school, if the M3 stays stock, I might be able to get to second.


You know, those M3's of that generation only had 240 hp stock. And since your car might be lighter, with a few bolt-ons, you probably would be faster than him.


Wow, I didn't know that. I always thought they were in the 300 range... and when you think about what one of those costs new (circa 40K) that's not so hot. They still look tough imho.


It's just another example of the US getting screwed, european models had either the S50B30 (3.0L 286hp) or later the S50B32 (3.2L 321hp) with individual throttle bodies and all the usual ///M goodness.

Originally, BMW never intended to bring the E36 M3 to the US but there ended up being huge demand for it. It wouldn't have been easy enough to get the Euro motor to pass US emissions and it would have made the cars ridiculously expensive, so the US model got the 240hp engines (earlier 3.0, later 3.2) w/o ITB and stuff. This is acutally the biggest reason why a large part of the BMW community generally considers the USDM E36 M3 more of a "332" and the Euro model a true M3.

But still, a stock 98 USDM E36 M3 should run 14 flat in the 1/4 so it'll take a little work to get there with a trac.

Oh BTW, if I could only have one car and I had to choose between a 98 M3 and a 165 I would definately take the AllTrac. :wink: (unless it was a euro e36 ///M :P )
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