*With the wind behind it. Official top speed now stands at 198mph – which is still very fast
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The Top Gear car review:BMW M3/M4/M4 GTS
For:Superb engine flexibility, fast reacting turbos, chassis poise and grip
Against:It's just not as charismatic as it used to be, wayward rear end
What is it?
A contentious update of an old favourite. The BMW M3 has always been the benchmark by which all junior super saloons are judged, loved not just for its handling and driver appeal, but also its dazzling naturally aspirated engine. We’ve had four, six and eight cylinder versions across the three model generations since the M3 first showed its face in 1988, but now we have something different. Turbos. A pair of turbos, in fact, mated to a 3.0-litre straight six. There are M3 saloon and BMW M4 coupe versions, plus the ultra-limited edition track-oriented £121,770 BMW M4 GTS.