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Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 13:40:32 -0500
From: "Mike Chiang" <spammersnopsam.die>
Subject: Re: Saabs are little bitch cars

Johan LAUWERS wrote in message <7e08if$emq$>... > >Mike Chiang heeft geschreven in bericht <7e06ve$ghk$>... >. The SAAB comes out ahead slightly in braking, however, the ONLY >>category where it beats the 328. Johan LAUWERS wrote >Does it ? I thought BMW had superior brakes, loosing quality are they ? Brakes in general are becoming better and better every year. BMW brakes have always been some of the best in the industry, even compared to sports car standards. The quoted 239 ft braking test from 80 mph is a very respectable number, and gives up only 5 feet to the SAAB 9-3 SE at 234 ft. I've always thought however, that the 328/325 has been undercaliper'd and the competition has leap-frogged the model. The 9-3 has very impressive brakes, no doubt. By way of comparison, ..the Viper GTS needs 250 ft. ..the Ferrari F355 will do it in 217ft. ..and the Corvette will do it in 207 ft. ..while the M3 will do the same stop in 204 ft. ..and the 911 Turbo S an amazing 199 ft. Keep in mind that there is a lot more to braking than simple distance. Your ability to control the car in a max brake situation is equally as important. BMWs have always be amazingly controllable even in max brake, ABS situations. Mike Chiang heeft geschreven in bericht >>Even a 1991 E30 M3 Evo 2.5 made 230hp from a *naturally* aspirated 4 >>cylinder. Johan LAUWERS wrote >I thought the M3 1991 was six-cylinder The previous generation E30 M3 (the old, boy-racer boxy ones) was powered by a twin cam 4 of various displacements. They began as 2.3s and ended up 2.5s in the final Sport Evolution-III incarnation. These changes occured as the various European Touring Car championships rules changed with regards to displacement and power. Power varied from 192 hp to 230 hp. The M3 dominated European Touring Car racing in the late 80s and early 90s. Mike Chiang BMW M3 SCCA, BMWCCA

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