Originally Posted by hemi to e90
im always curious on this, but do you know why purists actually used to be all whiney about the inline 6?
ps ive driven both the f30 328 and the f30 335i (cousins has the 335i and female has a 328) and theres enough of performance gap between the two of them. especially after 60.
I'm pretty sure that purists want to maintain that heritage to the original M3 (E30 chassis), which was an inline 4-cylinder but b/c it was so light the thing flew. 2nd gen (E36) and 3rd gen (E46) both got the straight 6 screamers. The E9x broke the mold, it got a V8 and picked up a lot of weight -- Seems to be another complaint among purists, that this gen's M3 is too civilized and needs to be put on a diet. The F30 3-series has already shown that its lighter than the outgoing E90, so I'm sure the F80 M will be substantially lighter too.
And I'm sure at highway speeds is when the 335 can showcase its power advantage.