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      12-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #23
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Wow. BMW's at the bottom of every group? Very impressed with the Audi's and E90 M3 time. I dont think this a reputable test. It was done with different drivers over different days, where as say "SportAuto" takes timed group test all on the same day, with the same driver and the cars have the same tires. This test doesnt mean much.
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      12-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #24
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e90 335 did it in 3:10? Source?
51 3:10.5 BMW 335i COUPE LL2 8/07
From http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=470751
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      12-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #25
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This is just getting old.

BMW continues to harvest it's driving focused reputation while releasing products that are slower and softer; with the goal not of producing the Ultimate Driving Machine, but of capturing market share by appealing to the middle/average consumer.

It results in a short term sales boost, until your reputation falters and people realize you're the new Toyota.

F30 335i 3 SECONDS slower than the E90 gen.
F30 335i just 0.7sec ahead of the Hyundai Genesis?
M5 & M6 get smoked by a Chevy, the SS 1LE, much less the ZL1? (Congrats to the Bow Tie crowd btw, wow!)
M5 now the HEAVIEST of the competition (C63 & S6-and it's AWD!!)!!?

It's sad to watch this company try to win the race to average.
Well said.
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      12-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #26
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Good point, that's just plain pathetic. Given the F30 forms the basis for the F80 chassis, maybe the F80 won't be the stellar outperformer that everyone is expecting unless weight goes way down. When Car & Driver said they prefer the handling dynamics for the E90 generation and had they staged a comparo with the F30 they thought the E90 would win--everyone poo-pood on C&D for being biased, in the pockets of Audi, BMW doesn't spend as much ad $$s anymore among other conspiracy theories. The beauty of testing and measuring results is that numbers don't lie.

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F30 335i 3 SECONDS slower than the E90 gen.
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      12-28-2012, 04:11 PM   #27
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That was not a SportAuto "official time" and a common misconception. Here's the article, pg 7

http://s1244.beta.photobucket.com/us..._f104.jpg.html


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      12-28-2012, 04:17 PM   #28
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I thought the f30 chassis was superior to the e90.
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      12-28-2012, 04:22 PM   #29
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It is in terms of stiffness (forget the actual % improvement in stiffness according to BMW) and ride quality (due more to size), but think that's pretty much it.

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I thought the f30 chassis was superior to the e90.
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      12-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #30
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I'm not too sure what to take out of this testing.... F30 335 is a pos since it barely beats a Hyndai and M5 is one hell of a car on the track?
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      12-28-2012, 04:30 PM   #31
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as in stiffness do you mean chassis rigidness?
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      12-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #32
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yes, sorry for poor terminology

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as in stiffness do you mean chassis rigidness?
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      12-28-2012, 04:47 PM   #33
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yes, sorry for poor terminology
so pretty much the f30 is a superior chassis but from the factory the e90 335i is faster than the f30 335i? why the heck would they do that?
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      12-28-2012, 04:52 PM   #34
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Lol you act so surprised. The M division is dead and, like someone said above, BMW is the new Toyota. Take me back 10-15 years ago to the E39 M5 and the CSL.
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Lol you act so surprised. The M division is dead and, like someone said above, BMW is the new Toyota. Take me back 10-15 years ago to the E39 M5 and the CSL.

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      12-28-2012, 04:56 PM   #36
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Fair point, but I still would take an M5 over an S6. Now to get the RS6 in America...
S6 is not M5's competitor
It is something between 550 and M5
I'm driving one right now (my X6M drowned in the storm) and it's a hell of a car
S6 is now light, nimble, well ballanced and has a one crazy powertrain for its size
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The 335i looks like a Sport Line w/non-staggered crappy tires. I'm sure if it had been an M-Sport w/staggered tires it would have been very even with the E92 335i time.
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      12-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #38
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      12-28-2012, 05:05 PM   #39
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This is just getting old.

BMW continues to harvest it's driving focused reputation while releasing products that are slower and softer; with the goal not of producing the Ultimate Driving Machine, but of capturing market share by appealing to the middle/average consumer.

It results in a short term sales boost, until your reputation falters and people realize you're the new Toyota.

F30 335i 3 SECONDS slower than the E90 gen.
F30 335i just 0.7sec ahead of the Hyundai Genesis?
M5 & M6 get smoked by a Chevy, the SS 1LE, much less the ZL1? (Congrats to the Bow Tie crowd btw, wow!)
M5 now the HEAVIEST of the competition (C63 & S6-and it's AWD!!)!!?

It's sad to watch this company try to win the race to average.
^^^^^ Very well put, Very true, Very sad....... ^^^^^
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e90 335 did it in 3:10? Source?
3:10.5 First post graphic

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why? i guess some love their boats some love their tight driving machine.
Yeah, seriously, how do you build an M5 heavier than an S6, which has AWD? Engines are almost identical in size, M5 4.4L TT V8, S6 4.0L TT V8, so you can't put the blame there. It's just fat, pure and simple.
Because unlike Audi has VW behind it. it was too expensive for BMW to use aluminium structure. That's why most new Audis are relatively lighter than new BMWs. Lets hope the next gen of BMW will be lighter as they will apply a lot more of their carbon fibre tech to most of their models, start with the next 7!
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Good question. The E46 chassis was less rigid vs the E90, but had excellent driving dynamics for its time (some claim superior to the E9x and F30). The size of the car/proportions, agility, tradeoffs (stiffer suspension vs ride quality), road feel (electric steering vs hydraulic), how confidence inspiring is the vehicle, etc all come into play. BMW choose to go larger/more comfortable/more insulated feel vs smaller/more agile, harder suspension, feeling the road, etc with essentially similar engine tech as prior gen. They're responding to what they perceive the general public to want (which is different from what harder core drivers want). Chassis rigidity is only one component of the total driving package. Cadillac is designing the ATS actually used the E46 driving dynamics as the benchmark for how the car is supposed to feel...and guess what happens, several reviews are lauding the Caddy as a worthy driver's car (looks aside).

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so pretty much the f30 is a superior chassis but from the factory the e90 335i is faster than the f30 335i? why the heck would they do that?
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And the next rag will come out with their own test with completely opposite outcomes.
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And the next rag will come out with their own test with completely opposite outcomes.
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e90 335 did it in 3:10? Source?
3:10.5 First post graphic

But that is 335 coupe v sedan not a fair comparo
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