Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 6 months ago 14
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Can A Lightly Tweaked E36 BMW 328i Out-Drag A Hyundai i30 N?

This lightly modified E36 is put up against Hyundai's hot hatch, making for a closer race than you might expect

Remind me later

As you probably know by now, we’re big fans of the Hyundai i30 N here at CT. It’s probably the best all-round hot hatch available right now, and with a lot of rivals punching well above the £30k mark spec-for-spec, it’s great value too.

But not everyone is able to drop £29k on a new car or sign themselves up to months and months of lease/PCP payments. So can you get something that’s as fast in a straight line for much less?

That’s what Car Wow is intending to find out, by fielding the £2000 BMW E36 328i belonging to one of its videographers into battle with the 271bhp Hyundai. Its M52 straight-six isn’t quite standard, having undergone the popular swap to the less restrictive M50 inlet manifold among a few other tweaks.

It now produces 226bhp, which is still a long way of the Hyundai, but enough to make this a seriously close race!