I am new to the forum and new to E30s and loving the chassis. I purchased an early model fully gutted 318i with an m20b25 swap, Z3 rack, and 3.73 LSD.and wondering how much capacity is my car compared to an e30 m3.
A friend of mine told me that E30s are terrible and not nearly as capable compared to the e30 M3. I am however curious how a fully built Spec E30 with its M20B25, H&R and Bilstein combo, 15 inch Toyo tires, 3.73 LSD, a z3 steering rack and fully gutted interior would compare in driving dynamics, overall capabilities, and performance against a fully stock E30 m3. I know the M3 is a 4 banger, etc. But for those who have driven both on the track and off track, how would they compare? Would a built 325is keep up with the stock E30 M3? i’m just curious to know how much fun and capable the track prepped e30 325is’ are compared to the legendary M3. I am not asking about comfort, looks, and or value. Obviously, one is gutted other is stock, one can be purchased cheap, the other is a collector’s. I wanted to know if a track prepped e30 can be called the poor man’s M3. Is the E30 m3 more of a novelty and can a regular e30 be just as capable for a lot less money?
I’d appreciate your subjective and objective responses.