Happy 40th birthday to BMW's M Division
Don your party hat, grab a kazoo and revel in the history of M cars
Posted: 18 May 2012
BMW M3 (E90)
In the world of Top Gear, there is an unspoken adage every person employs: More Is Better. Thus, BMW adhered to a strict TG code of honour when it rolled out the fourth generation BMW M3: it came with a ruddy big V8.
Codenamed E90, the new coupe had a completely new 4.0-litre eight-pot producing 400bhp, and could accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. If the previous two M3s chipped away at the original's fizzy, lightweight enthusiasm, this one aimed a double barrel at it.
Despite being a tad softer than the outgoing six-pot, it still offers up oodles of sideways hooliganism/track-based hooliganism/shopping hooliganism. And BMW remedied the 'soft' bit by unveiling the limited edition GTS (above). Even more sideways, even more orange.