Sorry, I really love my GTV but to say it can outperform any 'M' car (E36 M3 onwards) is a bit silly! The guy with the CSL should sell it and let some one who can appreciate it have it! My experience? Owned an E39 M5 for about a year and have driven a few E46 M3's in anger.
Ok Ok my “out perform” was out of line.
Main thing is we have been on track with M’s a couple of times some of them standard according to the owner but the seats are removed to get rid of weight, the exhaust is changed it is remapped and still they can not break away from the GTV. My GTV was still a 3.0 with a decat, 235 40 18’s and eibach coils at that stage.
On a longer track by all means he will be in a position to use the additional power but on a shorter track they could not do a thing and I definitely do not think I am the best diver in town.
And if the M driver can not drive he shouldn’t strip his car and if he stripped it out do not come with no it is stock. After you couldn’t shake a silly little GTV of your tail
But unfortunately they do tend to be like that, not the cars the persons driving them.
As for the 156 and the CSL it happened in front of a lot of people and in the end it was a case of the CSL driver just trying to hard. And I must admit my brother-in-law can drive not a lot of people will take a OE 156 2.5 around a track at the same tempo.
After that weekend they wouldn’t allow other cars on the track while the BMW club is playing.
I suppose it is fair it was there club day but then arrange it like we do, if you do not want other cars on the track when your club is there do not do it on a normal open day.
Book the track on an off day, it is more expensive but you have it all for your selves. Problem is then the 145 2.0’s mess with the GTA’s where will it end.
Most fun I had on track was with a old 1970 1.6 GT and then with a stock 1998 2.0GTV. With those two everybody passed me but I really enjoyed the outing.
Absolutely no reason to be competitive when driving the slowest car on the track.
Main thing is that he asked about a GTV and everyone’s immediate response is to tell the person that he will be better off getting something ells
As for the Scooby suggestion.
They are cheap nasty and easy to work on while sticking to the road like dog poo to your shoe.
Motor out in an hour stripping the bottom end takes a bit of time especially if you do not know them.
All in all nice cars with loads of aftermarket spares at an affordable price
And they do reintroduce you to working on cars