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    • N20 performance numbers courtesy of a manual Z4 sDrive28i - 14.2@97

      Insideline recently tested the new Z4 with the new N20 turbo 4 cylinder motor that is vastly underrated. The Z4 used was a manual and we would not be surprised if the auto produced better numbers. Insideline did not state where this test was done but they frequently use Fontana which is a notoriously slow strip. It is not far out of line to suggest this vehicle can hit high 13's in the 1/4 mile stock in better weather at a better track. That puts it roughly on par with a USA E36 M3 in a straight line. The Z4 actually happens to put more power down to the wheels than the US E36 M3 which should put the new N20 in perspective.




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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        the 68 mph slalom speed for a 3200 sports car is low.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        0-60 in 5.8 is not bad... A little pricey though for what you get if you don't plan on modding it.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        the 68 mph slalom speed for a 3200 sports car is low.
        Inside Line's numbers are always really slow, they must employ grandmas to drive or something, but I've noticed BMWs get low skidpad and slalom numbers because of the crappy runflats they come with. Once you get rid of those, you're in a different world of cornering.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        the 68 mph slalom speed for a 3200 sports car is low.
        68 is fast... people are getting spoiled.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        Inside Line's numbers are always really slow, they must employ grandmas to drive or something, but I've noticed BMWs get low skidpad and slalom numbers because of the crappy runflats they come with. Once you get rid of those, you're in a different world of cornering.
        A very good point as well.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        my car is like 70 in slalom. pretty slow for a new bimmer sports car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fastgti69 Click here to enlarge
        my car is like 70 in slalom. pretty slow for a new bimmer sports car.
        Depends on on the cone spacing, not everyone does the same. That car would outhandle you.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Depends on on the cone spacing, not everyone does the same. That car would outhandle you.
        If it had the same power no doubt, it is a beamer. My car does handle though, you'd be surprised.
      1. bluejeansonfire's Avatar
        bluejeansonfire -
        to me this is yet another iteration of a spiritual lineage that dates back to the e36 US M3. For some reason BMW has stubbornly maintained a 3 series variant that could turn low 14s-high 13s. Starting with the e36 US M, inherited to the e46 330, inherited to the e90 330, then to the 328, now this. Being a turbo motor, I'm sure this will yield a lot more with the least effort. Certainly a far more toyable motor than the NA 6 cylinder motors that preceded it. I sometimes miss my 13.6 m54. I think that despite the ease of increasing power with this turbo 4, it wont be necessary to really push it. There's something magical about a car that has torque all over the place and s54 performance while sipping fuel.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        68 is fast... people are getting spoiled.
        Dude the same driver did 73 with 335i.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        Dude the same driver did 73 with 335i.
        Do you really believe the 335i would beat the Sdrive35i around a track?
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Do you really believe the 335i would beat the Sdrive35i around a track?
        I didn't say 335i beat a Sdrive35i around a track, i said the same driver who apparently can't drive did 73 mph in slalom which is better than Z4.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        I didn't say 335i beat a Sdrive35i around a track, i said the same driver who apparently can't drive did 73 mph in slalom which is better than Z4.
        Slalom isn't always absolute but that is weird.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Track temp, tires, moist and driver are all variables which influence a slalom outcome, even with the same car on a different day...
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Track temp, tires, moist and driver are all variables which influence a slalom outcome, even with the same car on a different day...
        True x2
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Track temp, tires, moist and driver are all variables which influence a slalom outcome, even with the same car on a different day...
        This. too many variables, just because one car was compared to another car doesnt mean $#@!. what was the ambient temp? track temp? tires used? relative humidity? all that has a huge impact on tire traction.

        I never listen to 'auto magazine' reviews because they are geared towards yuppies with no technical prowess.