Originally Posted by Obioban
The US spec e36 M3 was geared super aggressively. Combined with only having a 5 speed, it's fairly annoying on long highway trips... Especially if you like to cruise at high speed.
I like to average ~100-110 on the highway, so that was always the part of the e36 M3 that I liked the least when I had one as a DD. Long highway trips would have me sitting continuously at ~5000 rpm. It really needs a 6th gear!
Exactly. While top speed is usually a relatively meaningless statistic, 137mph is actually rather annoying in the sense that it makes the rest of your highway cruising significantly higher in rpm.
E36 M3 also had a few more torques, so that can ease sitting in third as well.