BMW M3 and M4: which is best?
M Division has been in the laboratory cooking up turbos. Ollie Marriage investigates…
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
The M3 has changed. The last-generation car’s pin-sharp, yowling V8 was so crisp and pure it gave the M3 a very distinct, almost edgy character. You had to drive it, to work with it, to know its strengths and frailties. It fired your soul. You don’t have to think about driving this one nearly so much. It’s a much more rounded proposition – its repertoire as broad and even as the torque curve that dominates the driving experience. To say that it’s M5-junior would be easy, but – mostly – inaccurate. There are similarities in the power delivery, of course, and it’s similarly quiet and placid on motorways, but the M3 is so much more agile and entertaining. I do have some reservations over the ride’s firmness on broken surfaces, but on the whole my concerns have been allayed.
It’s a tremendous road car: fast, poised, effortless. Does a turbo M3 work on the road? Yeah, it does. Time for the track.