BMW M3 and M4: which is best?
M Division has been in the laboratory cooking up turbos. Ollie Marriage investigates…
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
I think the knob looks ‘meh’ and the low-speed manoeuvring is a bit tricksy, but apart from that it’s doing the job perfectly well. There are also buttons to alter the steering, engine, suspension, gearbox and stability. We’re leaving them alone right now. The traction control cuts in a bit, but, hey, we’re meant to be taking it easy, just cruisin’.
The M3 flows along the N2 so well I assume the road is flattering it – it is predictably well surfaced, after all. That’s until I see a hard-driven Punto yawing back and forth like a just-popped Jack-in-the-box. The BMW isn’t having to make much apparent effort. All the controls do as they’re told, when they’re told, and traction, suspension and composure are immaculate. I’m full of admiration for it, I feel warm towards it, it’s chuffing impressive, hard to criticise. I start thinking of its rivals. On this road, the C63 would be more exuberant, but its torque would get the better of its body control. An RS4 might be as fast, but it would be leaden in comparison.