Correct me on my bias against BMW's power band

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  1. project15

    project15 New Member

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    The only BMW that I've actually driven with some power was an early 90's (1994?) M5. I remember not liking it because when I pressed the pedal to the floor in any gear, the power didn't actually come on until around 4k RPMs which gave it a very small power band. Do all BMWs do this or should I give them another chance? I'm pretty sure the M5's of that year were not turbo, so it wasn't due to turbo lag.
     
  2. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    No, BMWs are horribly slow.
     
  3. valvefloat

    valvefloat OT Supporter

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    Yeah even there v8s don't have that low end grunt.
     
  4. Tonydogx

    Tonydogx OG status.

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    +1, those 335i are utter slow POS.
     
  5. Michael_Star

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    The e34 m5s had straight 6s that needed to be revved high. Why do you think it was called an m5? To use as a daily driver, or to haul ass?

    And lemme tell you, my 540i has no low end torque. I have to rev to like 6k before vtec kicks in and gets my boat moving.

    I mean, look at this stock dyno for a 97 540, you don't even get 250ftlbs till 2k.

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  6. zmiller91

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    thats almost all euro cars, thier tork (sp) bands are very mid-end. i still love them them tho, and they can take turns like a roller coaster.
     
  7. squid

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    So rev it. Stop being such a pussy. It's still a bazillion times more driveable than any v-tec that's ever been built.

    Right now even their slowest cars will hit 60 in under 7 seconds, I fail to see how anyone would consider that slow for a big heavy sedan.
     
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    my 335i with a chip does not have torque at all.
     
  9. ZCP M3

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    Look at any dyno graph of a BMW with VANOS. They have a torque line, not a curve. The older motors did need to be revved high to get any power out of them, but their current and last-gen motors are among the most flexible motors made.
     
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