Gallery: M celebrates its 40th birthday
And TopGear.com headed to Germany to join the party… Rowan Horncastle reports
Posted: 11 Dec 2013
Modern cars can't compete with that noise. At lower revs there's gruff intake burble, but as the revs wind out it amplifies into something spectacular. As much as BMW are trying with their synthesizers, it just can't be replicated in our new era of forced induction.
Still, with only 430 hand-built M1s made, not everyone could sample the pinnacle of M's road car portfolio. And even though that free-revving, four-valve straight-six eventually made it to the M635CSi Coupé and the M5, there's one car that brought accessibility to the M division like no other - the E30 M3.
Which is the next car on our little list...