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      04-22-2017, 02:38 AM   #1
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Exclamation Old School Hero BMW M3 E46 CSL or Young Gun BMW M135i

The answer should be clear for the enthusiast (sound, style, ...) but in terms of performance?

On the one side:

2003 BMW M3 E46 CSL: 3246 ccm R6 - According to Auto Motor und Sport in the Top 10 of the most wanted BMW M3/M4 Models of all time. Only 1383 were produced between mid 2003 and 2004...
According to Jim Clarkson (Top Gear): "...the most hardcore BMW ever made."

Weight: 1385 kg / 3053 lb
Max output: 265 kW / 355 bhp
Weight to Power ratio: 8.6 lb/bhp
Max torque: 370 Nm
Sprint 0-62mph: 4.8 s
Top speed: 155 mph (limited)

On the other:

2012 BMW M135i (Automatic): 2979 cc R6 turbo (N55B30) - According to Chris Harris THE Bargain of the year 2012. Sports car performance in a hatchback.

Weight: 1515 kg / 3340 lb
Max output: 235 kW / 316 bhp
Weight to Power ratio: 10.76 lb/bhp
Max torque: 450 Nm
Sprint 0-62mph: 4.9 s
Top speed: 155 mph (limited)

It's on the road where you can "feel" the pure data as acceleration...

What do you think?
Can 10 years of technical development compensate the M3s ultimate approach?

Last edited by markymark666; 04-22-2017 at 10:14 AM..