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Old 01-18-2013, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Ronin951 View Post
Yeah, so much for being excited for my car to arrive. For me, the whole point in getting a 328 was its unrealized power. Now it seems the goal post has moved.
Not really an expert on this, but I would think as long as newly built 328i still has the same N20 engine part number, it probably still has unrealized power to unleash(same as 2012 built ones). If the numbers are correct, the observation would be that BMW AG simply dial down the same US-spec N20 performance further for 320i. It would be a very smart move(no new parts, incremental emission qualification, just-in-time shift of production slots from troubled Europe to US/Asia, etc, etc). It is just that 320i owners would have even more headroom for unrealized power than 328i, given nearly all engine parts are identical as OP stated(even brakes are same part# in realoem).

What is unclear now is how to get the 120-lb weight reduction. Does the factory take out all the noise-insulation material to save weight and 320i is noisy as hell?
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