Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 16:28:43 -0500
From: "Mike Chiang" <spammersnopsam.die>
Subject: Re: SAABs, brakes and M3s (Was: Saabs are ...)


Johan LAUWERS wrote in message <7e0isn$pns$1nopsam3.Belgium.EU.net>... >Oh, I always tought that the Beamer engines above 2 litre were six >cylinders. Indeed the M3 is an impressive machine but again not comparable >to any series model of Saab. You should of course compare what one can >compare. A 9-3 in SE trim has no direct comparision BMW lineup. BMW would need to produce a Turbo 4 in a 3 series body, something they haven't done since the 2002 Turbo of the late sixites. The best price-price comparision would be a 328i Sport, which we have already discussed. >Indeed the brakes of a Porsche are great, my violin teacher drives them for >30 years now and I allways found them impressive. I like the Saab brakes >too, I find them rather easy to control even when flooring the brake pedal. >I just found my friend's BMW 325i M-sport braking like a lunatic. Didn't >know they had to give in on a 9-3 though. Porsches, for reasons of being assed-engined Nazi slot cars, NEED to have stellar braking. A 911 driver wants to scrub off as much speed as possible before a turn. Your friend's 325 probably has the M Technic sport suspension upgrade. And, depending on which market, some of these cars were also equiped with bigger brakes and rotors, hence the exceptional braking. You should try sitting in an M3 when the driver decides to see if the ABS is still working. It really wakes you up. >I see you have an M3, is it the Evolution model or the newer series ? My car is a 'current, but outgoing body style' US Spec E36 M3 (it's a '95). It doesn't have most of the go fast goodies you folks on The Continent get, like individual throttle bodies, but it's still pretty quick. There are some folks in BMW circles that don't consider E36 M3s, particularly the US Spec, to be 'true M3s', but that is another discussion. I take it from your sig line that you are a SAAB loyalist. Mike Chiang BMW M3 SCCA, BMWCCA

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