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      02-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #119
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Originally Posted by NoTempoLimitN54 View Post
Car magazines and BMW testers are going to use different testing methods. But why would BMW use testing methods that favor one transmission over another? They are going to test all the cars under the same conditions and using the same testing methods.

I know Road & Track tries different methods to see which one gets the best acceleration time. In their E90 335i test, they said dropping the clutch at 4500 rpm got the best times.

It's important to check to see if magazine test numbers state the altitude and temperature that the test wast conducted at. Road & Track does that. Not sure about the other magazines.

From my experience of my old car-magazine-reading days, Car and Driver tends to get the fastest times:

Car and Driver: 2007 E92 335i 6MT:
0-60: 4.9
5-60: 5.6 "street start"
1/4mi: 13.6 @ 105 mph
50-70 mph in 6th gear: 6.0

Road & Track: 2007 E90 335i 6MT:
0-60: 5.0
1/4mi: 13.5 @ 104.5 mph
Location: Irvine, CA
Temp: 84F
Humidity: 15%
Elevation: 350 ft

Both magazines tested the 335i faster than BMW's numbers. I'll see what other numbers I turn up, including some 6AT numbers.
Some automatic numbers from the same mag:
2007 335i Coupe #1
Zero to 60 mph: 4.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.1 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 5.6 sec
Standing ,¼-mile: 13.6 sec @ 105 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 144 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 160 ft

2007 335i Coupe #2
Zero to 60 mph: 4.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.1 sec
Zero to 140 mph: 26.7 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Standing -mile: 13.4 sec @ 106 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 145 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 156 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 g

2011 335i Sedan #
Zero to 60 mph: 4.9 sec
Standing -mile: 13.5 sec
Top speed (governor limited): 130 mph (150 mph with Sport package)
2011 E90 / Premium Package / Stage 2 PPK / Performance Suspension
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