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I have to admit that after reading so much about BMW engines and thier great torque, I expected it to out-perform the Nissan VQ, especially with 10 more hp. So it was a bit disappointing that the 330 felt like it did. I still bought the 330 and picked it up the day before I sold the Altima and drove them back to back so my evaluation was not influenced by memories or the passage of time.

Now before I get flamed into internet oblivion let me say that acceleration notwithstanding, that 330i has totally won my heart! There is no comparison in handling and driving feel! I love this car and truly have become a convert! Maybe next time around I’ll look at a 335.

more torque (246 lb./ft. vs. 220 lb./ft.). That Nissan VQ-V6 is nothing to scoff at, considering it’s the only engine line to have won a Ward’s Top-10 Engine Award every year since the list’s inception. That’s a feat no other company can claim.

But all in all, once you start getting a feel for how well a BMW handles, that’s when you start to understand what all the fuss is about. The 3er has always been about trying to reach that perfect overall balance, not simply excel at one aspect or another. It wasn’t until the 335i came along that the drag-racers even considered the 3-series, but even with the N54B30, all that does is make it even more difficult for the competition to “out-BMW a BMW”.

I don’t think you’ll necessarily get flamed for saying that the Altima pulled stronger than the 330i. The Nissan VQ35DE put out 15hp less than the N52B30 (240hp vs. 255hp), but generates 26 lb./ft.torque (246 lb./ft. vs. 220 lb./ft.). That Nissan VQ-V6 is nothing to scoff at, considering it’s the only engine line to have won a Ward’s Top-10 Engine Award every year since the list’s inception. That’s a feat no other company can claim.But all in all, once you start getting a feel for how well a BMW handles, that’s when you start to understand what all the fuss is about. The 3er has always been about trying to reach that perfect overall balance, not simply excel at one aspect or another. It wasn’t until the 335i came along that the drag-racers even considered the 3-series, but even with the N54B30, all that does is make it even more difficult for the competition to “out-BMW a BMW”.

e92 328i 0-60 real-world times

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