- The SMG II featured the exact same manual transmission as the 6spd car. The only difference is that the SMG has a computer actuated clutch instead of a manual clutch pedal. The computer (Drive Logic) engages the clutch during gear changes. You can control the speed (and aggressiveness) of the shift via 6 selectable settings
- Because they are the same transmission, an SMG car will put down the same power as the manual car (no extra drivetrain loss found in traditional automatics). This makes “manual” swapping an M3 much easier than any other car, as the transmission and driveshaft are already in place. The swap mainly involves removing the SMG components (which weigh only 18lbs), adding a 3rd pedal, and re-mapping (or swapping) the ECU (and a few other things)
- BMW didn’t bother bringing the CSL over to the U.S as it would be too expensive to produce (carbon-fiber roof, emissions certify the CSL engine, etc) and sell (it would be a $22k option at the minimum, like it is in Europe). Also, the V8 M3 was just around the corner. The solution? Offer a $4000 Competition package that gave U.S buyers the CSL “look”, as well as the CSL brakes and steering rack
- The “look” referred to the 19″ “CSL style” wheels, aluminum interior trim, alcantara hand brake, and alcantara steering wheel with M Track Mode button replacing the cruise control/audio buttons
- The CSL brakes refer to the enlarged cross drilled/vented two-piece rotors that are fixed onto a “hat”. This setup (common in racing) is lighter, eliminates deformation, and prolongs the life of the wheel bearings. This marks the first time cross-drilled rotors are fitted to a production BMW in the U.S
- In regards to the CSL steering, the rack features a quicker 14.5:1 ratio (only requires 2.7 turns lock-to-lock versus 3.0 on the base M3)
- First year of the Competition package (ZCP)
- First year of Interlagos Blue Metallic (A30) which could only be ordered with the Competition package
- Virtually no changes between 2005-2006
- Virtually no changes between 2004 and 2005 models, other than a slightly softer ride (BMW used softer shocks to slightly dampen the harsh ride of the 2004 and older M3’s)
- Competition package
- Interlagos Blue over black
- Cold A/C
- Recent inspection
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