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      08-02-2012, 06:41 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Maz335i View Post
I had a short race with an S4 a few days back. I was quite shocked at how slow the S4 took off as I was away in a flash...However we all know the S4 has around 330HP, which is supposed to make it faster than the 335i...
Well, higher HP does not always make for a faster car in this case. Yes, there was a motortrend review a month ago that showed the S4 had faster acceleration and 1/4 mile times BUT they were comparing a 335i with 225 tread width rear all season tires while the S4 were on summer performance tires with 245 (possibly even 255) width tires on all four corners. I would expect the 335i with with 255 rear summer tires to be much closer in performance.

The 335i is also lighter by about 302lbs (3545lbs vs. 3847lbs; both manual transmission). That's like carrying a HUGE sumo wrestler in your car all the time!! EEK! (Refer to this thread for more LOL)

Obviously, it's difficult to gauge performance comparisons on paper. However, when appropriately matched, I think the 335i would be a great competitor to the S4 and vice versa.

Originally Posted by zamm3k View Post
The only "performance" upgrades I can think of on the M Sport is the lower suspension height. That's about it.
Well, I would consider the wheels/tires to be an upgrade as well since 255 section rear summer performance tires compared to a 225 section all season tires could make a big difference in performance, I would presume.

Originally Posted by dude987 View Post
How about a S4 comparison to a 335i xDrive both with the same summer tires!
Yes, I could see this being a good comparison too!

Last edited by joonix214; 08-02-2012 at 07:20 PM.