BMW M3 and M4: which is best?
M Division has been in the laboratory cooking up turbos. Ollie Marriage investigates…
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
Apart from that, we have a classic M. You can still have a six-speed manual gearbox (although 90 per cent won’t), the power makes its way out of the car along a carbon propshaft and through a clever differential to the rear wheels alone. It comes on 18-inch rims, although if you want the optional carbon-ceramic brakes (and you do), you also have to spec the 19-inchers. I’m not sure I’ve used a better set of ceramic stoppers. They’re a delight: precise, potent, one of the best things about a car that has a lot going for it anyway.
We’re on a road. The N2 to be precise. The idea is to get to grips with the M3’s habitability/drivability before switching to an M4 for the outer-limits stuff at Portimão race track. The trouble is, M3 on N2 is proving a winning combo. The road is, quite frankly, a joke. Roads like this shouldn’t be allowed. Far too tempting. It sweeps beautifully, elegantly, rhythmically northwards from Faro, maintaining height, delivering vistas – paradise for third gear. Well, it would have been third-with-occasional-flurries-of-second in the old car, and it could be third in the new one, but right now I’m in fourth.