which is really faster

Discussion in '2001 BMW M3' started by SnikwaD, Aug 9, 2002.

  1. for those who dont know there is this site wwwbmwm5.com where all these guys dp is drive around in m5 all day they have tested it for themselves they even have a movie clip where the m3 is doing about 140mph and an m5 overtakes it ad vanishes like its parked by the side of the road they also have personal testiments where the m5 ran away from the m3 both e36 and e46 check em out its a great site. plus bmw has lapped each car on the nurbergring or whatever the name of it is but i cant remember which one was faster, i think it was the m5, though not sure right now
     
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    Both the M5 and the M3 have built in electronic speed limiters wich limits both cars to 155 mph. And sure an M5 could pass an M3 if the M3 was only going 140. The M3 is faster to 60 mph (4.7 seconds) than the M5 (I've never heard of an M5 going 0-60 in 4.8 seconds like this site says I think they got the 2 mixed up) While the M5 does have a bigger engine it is heavier than the M3 which slows its 0-60 time. But the M5 is probably faster in the long run with its chip removed because of more Horsepower and a bigger engine.
    ----P.S. you made a comment that the M5 passed the M3 like it was parked. Well a M3 could pass a McLaren F1 like it was parked if the guy wasn't driving all out and was only driving around 140mph. That doesn't mean the M5 is a MUCH better car.
     
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    the m5 can push 0-60 in 4.60-4.8 according to Motor Trend magazine..but the m3 blowing the m5 at 140 sounds kinda hard to believe...but hey the m5 does have a v8 with a lot more tq...
     
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    If you are looking at top speed the m5 may have the m3 but in straight line acceleration and in corning with the m3 being the smaller lighter car with a better power to weight ratio it defiantly out performs the m5. On curvy back roads or a race track an m3 would have no trouble at all pulling away from the m5.
     
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    Care factor? M3 is lots cheaper. Down here an M3 will set you back around US$70k, while the M5 costs a good US$95k. These are the Euro-spec models we get down here in Australia, so if they're a bit more pricey than you're used to, then there's your reason. I'll save the extra money thanks. If you could muster enough for an M5, it wouldn't take much longer to save your pennies and go for a 2002 Maserati Coupè or Spyder Cambiocorsa, which in my opinion are better cars then the M5...but only just. Then again...a Maserati Coupè seating five in luxurious comfort? Not bloody likely! <IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/servlets/cMsg/html/emoticons/smile.gif"><!-- Signature -->
     
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    You can put a M5 engine in a M3 , some tuners do it in Germany <IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/servlets/cMsg/html/emoticons/smile.gif">
     
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    too close to call. i've read many stats on both cars and the best 0-60 for the m5 i've seen is 4.6 in motor trend mag. And for the m3 i saw a 4.65 in car and driver. no 2 engines are alike and performance numbers will vary from one m3 to next , and from one m5 to next. all companies have to be able to back up performance claims and this is why bmw always claims lesser times than there cars can actually perform. Ex: when the m5 first caim out bmw claimed 0-60 when car mags tested it at 4.9. by federal guidlines companies have to be 98% correct with there claims giving them a 2% differential in there claims.

    honestly, the difference between the m3 and the m5 in speed comparisons is inmaterial(both are basically equal). the only real differences are that the m3 handles and brakes better and the m5 is much more comfortable.
     
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    A 5-litre engine in a 3 series engine bay? Sounds pretty hard to believe. And handling will be severely hampered. The 50/50 weight ratio will go way off.
     
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    i got pics of some guy that owns an M5 and M3, same color and everything <IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/servlets/cMsg/html/emoticons/smile.gif">
    pretty cool !!<!-- Signature -->
     

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