true, its less power (a lot less power) although if you do the same kind of mods to the e39 it'll be quick. but horsepower isn't everything.
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2002 TiAg M3 6mt
deoranged, dechromed, led tails, ZHP knob, UUC SS v3, GROM, OEM 220M 19's, Michelin Supersports
2006 YZF-R6, bunch of go-fast stuff