Originally posted by Rehman
Oh by the way, Bad Karma, you made some valid points about the OBD11 system vs the OBD1 system, however, they could have stayed with a 3.0L motor and used the OBD11 system and still got the 240HP, they wanted to appease the American public as I had said and "bumped" up the motor size to 3.2L.Have you ever driven a 3.0L M3? Wouldn't you agree it is much more fun to drive than the 3.2L cars? Easier to "do up" as well in terms of performance. You cannot buy a "chip" for the OBD11 system, whereas with the 3.0L motors you could "chip" them and do all sorts of other mods. And about not getting the Lightweight M3 here, true, but you could always bring one up from the US.
Perhaps, but it was much easier for BMW to stroke the 3.0L motor to 3.2L and keep the 240 HP that way. Remember, it's NOT the same motor as the Euro M3's; it's essentially the *son of M50*.... Remember, they were also stroking the 3.0L EURO motor at the same time to 3.2L, to compensate for the OBD-II conversion as well.
I've driven both cars, and to be perfectly honest, I would take the 3.2L US spec motor over the 3.0L US spec motor; more bottom end torque, and once you do the OBD-I conversion, it's easier to modify.
The 3.0L EURO motor is a different story however. I'd gladly take the 3.0L EURO motor over the 3.2L US spec motor anyday. It's more willing to rev, builds more of it's power way up high in the RPM band where I use it, and doesn't run out of breath like the US spec 3.0 / 3.2L motors do (they don't have a lot left after 6500 RPM).
As to the M3 LTW, it was never available here in Canada, which makes licensing one a nightmare. Also, the high residual value (in US dollars) makes buying one and importing it into Canada for any purpose OTHER than as a collector's item is a waste of money. It's possible to buy / build a more complete car for far less money than buying an M3 LTW.
Many of the factory LTW parts are NLA, so one is forced to look at knock-offs anyway (such as the splitter and rear wing).