BMW M3 and M4: which is best?
M Division has been in the laboratory cooking up turbos. Ollie Marriage investigates…
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
It’s clear the chassis is sharp. Not darty to the point of instability, just accurate and honed. Those are the hints we got from the M3 on the road – the faithful way it held a line, the positivity of the nose, the resistance to understeer. Has this been done to try to offset the bluntness of the turbo delivery? Because it is blunt. OK, so it revs surprisingly fast and the turbos don’t over-surge, giving you more than you ask for. They’re fast-reacting – you can meter out the power very precisely.
No, if I have a problem with this engine, it’s that there’s no reason to use high revs. BMW makes a great song and dance about the fact this turbo engine can rev to 7,600rpm, but when maximum torque is available at any point between 1,850rpm and 5,500rpm, there’s no pressing need to wait for the change-up lights to start flashing, no sense of anticipation to what awaits the driver beyond 7,000rpm. Not even better noise.