I'm another previous EVO VIII owner now with E90 335i.
My Evo was totally stock and I was disappointed. The power just seemed to go soft after the initial surge where my 335i seems to accelerate harder with each shift. I also was not a fan of the combination of turbo, manual transmission and AWD...bogged off the line and the turbo lag was just awful.
My 2 cents.
335i is luxury and performance, but the Evo is in a totally different class in the handling department.
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