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Robin
09-22-2000, 09:00 AM
on autoweb.com.au it sais the acceleration of the new m3 is 5.2 seconds while i keep coming across atricles which say it's in fact 4.8 seconds.. who's right?

DC from Cape Cod
09-22-2000, 09:04 AM

Robin
09-22-2000, 09:08 AM
so, if i get it right, the bmw-testdriver was .4 sec faster than their driver?<p><i><br> <p></i><br>

DC from Cape Cod
09-22-2000, 09:10 AM
BMW always "estimates" a slower 0-60MPH time than is the case......you know, under-promise and over-deliver.<p>BMW claims 5.2 seconds (even though they know it is much faster than that) and when the 1st mag tests it at 4.8....everyone is very happy.<p>Now, with a test report to back it up, BMW claims 4.8 seconds to 60MPH in the M3 Product Guide that was sent to dealers last week.

Robin
09-22-2000, 09:14 AM
<i><br>BMW always "estimates" a slower 0-60MPH time than is the case......you know, under-promise and over-deliver.<p>BMW claims 5.2 seconds (even though they know it is much faster than that) and when the 1st mag tests it at 4.8....everyone is very happy.<p>Now, with a test report to back it up, BMW claims 4.8 seconds to 60MPH in the M3 Product Guide that was sent to dealers last week.<p></i><br>

Tom98M3
09-22-2000, 10:14 AM
<i><br>on autoweb.com.au it sais the acceleration of the new m3 is 5.2 seconds while i keep coming across atricles which say it's in fact 4.8 seconds.. who's right?<p></i>BMW (internationally) posted 0-100kph(62mph) is 5.2sec. 0-60mph is 4.8sec and it makes sense.<br>

racecar
09-22-2000, 11:47 AM
<i><p>on autoweb.com.au it sais the acceleration of the new m3 is 5.2 seconds while i keep coming across atricles which say it's in fact 4.8 seconds.. who's right?<p>BMW (internationally) posted 0-100kph(62mph) is 5.2sec. 0-60mph is 4.8sec and it makes sense.<p></i><br>

actual was 4.8. eom
09-22-2000, 11:51 AM
<i><p>on autoweb.com.au it sais the acceleration of the new m3 is 5.2 seconds while i keep coming across atricles which say it's in fact 4.8 seconds.. who's right?<p>BMW (internationally) posted 0-100kph(62mph) is 5.2sec. 0-60mph is 4.8sec and it makes sense.<p><br></i><br>

Ray Koch
09-22-2000, 12:33 PM
BMW's first published number was 5.2s 0-62 for the Euro car. Most people accepted it for what it was, a very conservative number. When it came time to put out an estimate for the US 0-60 time they just used that 0-62 time, 5.2s. They knew car had to do better than that but it was a safe number at the time as the US verion was still being worked out. BMW then realized that perhaps that number was a little too conservative and then published that it was "around 5 seconds." The first tests of the final US M3 probably rendered 4.8s 0-60 which is what will wind up as BMW's offical number for the US car. The automotive press might be able to get it a little better, 4.7s or maybe even 4.6s.<p>All of the 0-60 times I've seen in the press so far are simply a regurgatation of one of BMW's released numbers. The goal is to put out a number that independent tests can either duplicate or do better than.

Josh
09-25-2000, 07:51 AM
Yea...they always estimate slower so that the mags turn better numbers. Just like the most recent C&D comparison test with the E36 M3. How'd it perform again? I forget... :)<p>The point is that you never know what you'll get, and BMW has proven that to us by the above mentioned comparison test. Some cars are unquestionably faster than others even though they came off the same production line. By the same token, some are slower. Was the 4.8 the faster or slower? We'll see. My guess is that 4.8 will be one of the faster times reported.<p><i><br>BMW always "estimates" a slower 0-60MPH time than is the case......you know, under-promise and over-deliver.<br>*SNIP*<br></i><p><br>


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