BMW M3 and M4: which is best?
M Division has been in the laboratory cooking up turbos. Ollie Marriage investigates…
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
Fourth works just fine. As long as you have 2,000rpm on the clock, the new M3 takes off. The mid-range is stellar, an effortless hurl, promptly delivered. Has BMW rewritten the rulebook for turbo engines? No, not quite. It has tricks, this engine, but the total eradication of lag isn’t one of them. Nor is a spine-tingling engine note. It makes noise, and a lot of it, but the tune is artificially amplified by the ECU and pumped in through the speakers. And you can tell.
But as a means of enjoying this road, I’m sold on the new M3. Sold on almost all of it. You can start with the basics. The seats are sculpted just so; you find everything exactly where and how you want it. There’s even a conventional handbrake. Our car has the double-clutch DCT gearbox.