3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
nope offical times are 5.86 and 6.45 i tested them myself and used GPS and a laptop to get the times and this place i race at. A jetta 1.8t wouldnt stand a chance, a gold VR6 6 speed cant even beat an auto. Also an R32 has a hard time beating a 6 speed but one can do it.
Let me settle this for you then, I used a G-Tech on a track last year to check out the time, it was a 330ci manual, premium and sports package, no PP.
I did 3 runs, fastest was a 6.3 with 1/4 mile 14.4 sec. and that was the only one I managed not to spin the tires excessively, I pushed first gear all the way to the redline and hit 60 in the second gear. The other two runs I had really sh_tty launches and only managed 7.0 or so. So auto, probably add on about 0.5 sec or so, around 7.0 would be just about right. With a performance package, I think sub 6.0 for manual is definitely possible.
When I was looking to buy mine, this is what I found for consensus:
330 Auto = 6.9-7.0
325 Manual = 7.0-7.1
So I figured it would cost me about $5,000 - $6,000 to save .1 seconds and not have to shift. (I know, I know, there are other differences but I'm talking performance wise.) But I like to shift and I can live with the .1 seconds so I went with the 325.
I've clocked a 6.8 with a GTech on mine (325i / man / bone stock) but I usually hit about 7.1 - 7.3. (I'm not that good!)
I do like the stump puller 1st gear on this car, gets you off the line quick which is usually what matters.
My previous car was a C5 Hardtop (manual) and my personal best with that was 5.18 but I know people who got < 5 with a few minor mods. Not the most practical car in Minnesota, but on the other hand, it didn't lose coolant like my BMW has been!
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