• MotorTrend runs the 1/4 mile in 14.2@97 in the new F30 328i powered by the N20 - Better than an E36 M3?

      The new N20 motor certainly is opening eyes. The base 3 Series is basically on par with a US E36 power and acceleration wise. This was an 8-speed automatic version that weighed in at a hefty 3480 pounds. Definitely not light or comparable to an E36 M3 in that regard but the base 3 series has just gotten a lot faster than it used to be. The manual version is about 60 pounds lighter and we would expect to see high 13's in the 100 mph range out of the car in capable hands on the drag strip.

      MotorTrend states the F30 is better than the E36 in some ways. Now, we believe the E36 M3 is the superior driver's car but the base 3 Series surpassing the E36 M3 in several ways is definitely high praise. Some interesting tidbits from the review comparing the F30 to the E36 M3:

      Quote Originally Posted by MotorTrend
      BMW claims the turbo-four-powered 328i is actually quicker to 60 mph than the infallible E36 M3, which BMW pegs at a slow-by-today's-standards 6 seconds flat. For the record, the last E36 M3 we tested actually hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, but that doesn't make the new 328i any less impressive. What's more, the 328i actually pulls slightly higher g's around the skidpad than the E36 M3 at 0.90 g and 0.89 g, respectively. Not bad for the new entry-level car.
      Quote Originally Posted by MotorTrend
      The 328i does other things the E36 M3 can't. For example, the 328i is rated at a seriously impressive 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Cruising on the highway at 75-80 mph for 300 miles, our tester returned 30.6 mpg. On a hard-driving, canyon-carving, 150-mile test loop, it managed 16.8 mpg. Now take a look at the E36's numbers: 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway per the EPA, which you know would be out of reach for us lead-footed journalists. Check out the 2011 328i and you'll see it's only rated for 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. And it makes less power. Any way you cut it, this new 328i is some car.

      2012 BMW 328i Sport
      DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, RWD
      ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head
      VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
      DISPLACEMENT 121.9 cu in/1997 cc
      POWER (SAE NET) 240 hp @ 5000 rpm
      TORQUE (SAE NET) 255 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
      REDLINE 7000 rpm
      WEIGHT TO POWER 14.5 lb/hp
      TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
      AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.15:1/2.10:1
      SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
      STEERING RATIO 15.0:1
      BRAKES, F;R 12.3-in vented disc; 11.8-in vented disc, ABS
      WHEELS 8.0 x 18-in, cast aluminum
      TIRES 225/45R18 91Y
      WHEELBASE 110.6 in
      TRACK, F/R 60.3/61.9 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 182.5 x 71.3 x 56.3
      TURNING CIRCLE 37.1 ft
      CURB WEIGHT 3480 lb
      WEIGHT DIST., F/R 50/50 %
      HEADROOM, F/R 40.3/37.7 in
      LEGROOM, F/R 42.0/35.1 in
      SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.1/55.1 in
      CARGO VOLUME 17.0 cu ft
      0-30 1.9 sec
      0-40 2.9
      0-50 4.1
      0-60 5.6
      0-70 7.4
      0-80 9.5
      0-90 12.0
      0-100 14.9
      PASSING, 45-65 MPH 3.0
      QUARTER MILE 14.2 sec @ 97.8 mph
      BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 107 ft
      LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.90 g (avg)
      MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.9 sec @ 0.69 g (avg)
      TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1750 rpm
      BASE PRICE $35,795
      PRICE AS TESTED $50,560
      AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee
      BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/Unlimited
      FUEL CAPACITY 15.8 gal
      EPA CITY/HWY ECON 24/36 mpg
      ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 140/94 kW-hrs/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS 0.69 lb/mile
      MT FUEL ECONOMY 00.0 mpg
      RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium

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      1. wtfmateim65's Avatar
        wtfmateim65 -
        I think any 335 owners who are worried about the gap closing between the two models will tune or have already tuned their N54/N55, then it is no question between the two. Either way, can't wait till they start tuning these little N20s, gonna slap something like the Kellener's Flash or Cobb AP on my mom's new 528!