Originally Posted by Jamesons Viggen
I had the opposite experience.
See my loaner was an auto, and that has a lot to do with it.
It was a new N52 E92 coupe.
The engine SOUNDED great. But it was all sound. It had a nice top end surge to it, but again, mostly noise compared to the actual acceleration.
My 6mt N20 though, there is NO friggin sound. That is the disappointment. But meanwhile there is a such a big torque advantage(I dyno'd mine already) that it surges on a wave of tq in almost every gear and from very low RPM.
I find it will be much easier to put some sound into this car(granted it wont sound like a straight 6, I get that by walking to the other garage) than it will be to get tq out of an N52 without FI.
There's a common denominator to our experiences. Auto. My loaner was auto as well. That coupled with no sound probably made the N20 feel like it had a lot less torque than the N52.