Yes but your comparing 2 completely different worlds. I'm taking about 2 cars with the same basic chassis,styling, look and body, developed within 6 months of eachother- from the same company out of the same factory developed by engineers that make the same cars.
Thats an 18 year old car your talking about.
What do you want me to say then?
Yes, the 335i has the potential to be just as fast as the new M3 WITH MODS! It also will handles great even though the new M handles better.
I am the guy that likes to buy the whole package right from the factory. Given its performance by BMW engineers. Your 335i with software upgrades will have its peformance engineered by aftermarket techs. Not a bad thing but not as good as BMW IMO....