BMW M3: Signing off

The current M3 is what’s left from the 2000s, when BMW was going crazy with innovation – iDrive, runflat tyres, Chris Bangle styling, naturally aspirated straight-sixes, V8s and V10s. More importantly, this M3 is from the era when BMW wasn’t ashamed of calling its cars the Ultimate Driving Machine. Quite simply, they were.

Today’s ethos of Sheer Driving Pleasure and Joy gives you exactly what’s on the label – cars that provide driving pleasure. And after driving this M3 immediately after driving the latest-gen 3 and 1 series, I began to see that wide gap between the Ultimate Driving Machine and Sheer Driving Pleasure.