M3s are fast as shiznet and there the hottest bimmer in my honest opinion. Neighbor of mine has 2, an older style red on and a newer style white one. I just drool as i drive by. Im pretty sure the SRT was modded, because those things, like most bimmers, have got the mad topend. I didnt read the whole thing, but looks like there being very respectful and actually, knowledgeable. First time ive ever seen that.
Yeah they were being very respectful and knowledgeable.. Until the end with the ever present "in the end it's still a neon" comment came out.. I get so sick of that sometimes.. But whatever 90% of those guys over there seems cool as hell..
Seeing as how I traded in my 1995 E36 M3 for my SRT4 I can definately say from experience that a stock M3 will slightly lose to a stock SRT4 in a straight line. The average E36 M3 runs low to mid 14's, not too much slower than an SRT4 but enough to be behind. However I had the active autowerke intake kit (intake, 3.5" AFM, larger injectors, chip) and that configuration would give my SRT4 a run for it's money and was a hell of a lot more fun to drive (rwd + inline six + 7000rpm + 235mm wide tires and no traction control = more fun than an SRT4) That being said I still like my SRT4 since it's a realiable stock high torque little car that gets up to freeway speeds without too much fuss