The N55 really makes comparison almost impossible. Relating to the E36 seems like only dimension based thing. The E36 is lower and not as tall overall. You sit lower and tighter and the M3 had proper seats and a proper NA engine and stock LSD.
One thing that the E36 does really well is steering feel. It's so connected. Anyone drawing comparisons should drive an E36 again to remember how good it is.
Also, I question the journalistic credibility of anyone suggesting a turbo engine "doesn't feel" like a turbo. I should also add, to M's credit entirely, that the S50B32 made similar HP on 1atm. No forced induction and similar displacement.
Last edited by stefan; 03-14-2014 at 05:13 PM.
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