In the latest R&T there is a comparison of the BMW 328 and the MB C250. The 1/4 mile time for the BMW is 13.9 seconds. It weighs 3560 pounds, has 240 hp, 255 lb tq and an 8 speed autotransmission. I'm amazed with the 1/4 mile speed considering the weight of the car. 20 years ago, the 3rd gen RX7 weighed 2830, had 255 hp, 217 lb tq and a 5 speed manual transmission. It also had a 1/4 mile time of 13.9 seconds. The BMW weighs 700 lbs more and equals the Mazda in acceleration to the 1/4 mile. Does the BMW's 40 lbs of torque make up for the difference in weight or is it the transmission?