If anyone thinks that the recent C&D M3 win was a fluke, they now have quite a pattern to dispute, as Motortrend has also declared the M3 as the benchmark which the RS5 and CTS-V still falls short of. When it comes to things that matter – performance, passion, pure driver appeal, the M3 still trumps all in its segment!
The M3 has been out for 3 years, providing a benchmark for Audi and GM to meet and exceed with their newer RS5 and CTS-V Coupe. But, so far that has not been the case, as shown by the results of Car and Driver’s latest comparison, pitting the M3 against the RS5 and CTS-V. Check out the number results inside.
A lucky CAR Magazine journalist recently had chance to drive all the M3 generations back-to-back (provided to journalists who attended BMW’s M3 GTS / 1M event in Spain. Think you know how they compare from reading online or some real life experience? See if this journalist agrees.
The M3 GTS is probably the most highly coveted M3 out there right now. Never mind that every example of the car has been sold out, or that its only available to select customers in Europe, we still think about this car on a daily basis. That of course only feeds the desire to get behind the wheel of this rare beast. A few journalists from around the globe were given rare seat time in the car, and the first of these writeups … CONTINUED
InsideLine has gotten some wheel time behind the drool-icious G-Power M3 GT2 S and has put up not only a comprehensive first drive report but a nice photo gallery to go along with it. Here are some excerpts but make sure to follow the jump at the bottom.
We manage a furtive glance at the speedo as the entrance to the old N
In a celebration of the 400hp, 500hp, and 600hp milestones, Car and Driver editors picked their favorite cars from each group. Their pick for the 400hp club was none other than our beloved M3, getting the nod over some heavy hitting competition such as Aston Martins, Ferrari California, Maserati, Nissan GT-R, and various Porsches.
Here’s a comparison many of you have been eagerly anticipating – the M3 ZCP competition versus the Audi RS5! We will say no more and let you see the results for yourself inside
The lucky guys at Car and Driver recently had a chance to do something that we can only do in our dreams — test drive the ALMS M3 GT race car. What they share with us is some great insight from a non-professional driver as well as some stunning photography of the ALMS M3.
Jay Leno drives the E92 M3 in his latest episode of Jaylenosgarage. Although he gets some of his facts wrong (as our M3post members unrelentingly point out), he appears to enjoy the car greatly and grasps the essence of what makes the current M3 so great.
| First Drive | Berkshire, England | BMW M3 with Competition Package |
BMW bundles up some equipment to create a Competition Package for its M3. It brings 10mm lower suspension, a re-programmed Dynamic Stability Control+ setting and new CSL-inspired 19-inch alloy wheels. The real big news is the addition of stop-start to the entire M3 line-up, this improving economy by six percent and reducing emissions from 285g- to 263g/km.
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Wheels … CONTINUED
Autoexpress test drives the M3 ZCP Competition Package model and comes away calling it the ultimate M3 experience. The reviewer also considers the M3 ZCP against the Audi RS5. See inside for his verdict.
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The M3 E46 coupe proved to be a stunningly good car, yet the M3 E90 four-door sedan offers a stiffer chassis, more power, plus the utility of four doors. If the point of the M3 is to deliver extraordinary performance in a package … CONTINUED
C&D recently conducted its 2009 Lightning Lap Test where the BMW M3 once again proved itself as one of the best performing cars available today, besting out most of the other mainstream performance cars participating in the test. Here is a list of the results:
1. Corvette ZR1, (2:51.8)
2. KTM X – Bow, (2:52.3)
3. Lamborghine LP670, (2:53.9)
4. Ariel Atom 3 (2:57.6)
5. Corvette Grand Sport (2:58.8)
6. Audi R8, 5.2 (2:59.5)… CONTINUED
Car and Driver’s 2008 BMW M3 has won them over so much during its 40k of service that they contemplate whether it’s indeed today’s perfect sports car. Details inside.
M3post members have compiled this excellent M3 exhaust compilation video featuring 9 exhausts under light and heavy acceleration and fly-by.
R&T has declared the M3 winner of their “Sultans of Slide” drift contest, against the Corvette, 370z, IS-F, Genesis coupe and Miata.
For the 19th straight year, the BMW 3-series / M3 model has again made Car and Driver’s 10Best List (2010 edition). Full details inside.
For those of you interested in the RD Sport M3 or looking for a review of the RS46 by a car magazine, well here it is…
RD Sport RS46 BMW M3 – Feature
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By Les Bidrawn
Photography by Les Bidrawn
Though hugely functional, German automotive design can sometimes lean toward the antiseptic. Fortunately, Germanys close proximity to Italy has offered access to the best stylemeisters in the world. Names like Giugiaro, … CONTINUED