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The Top Gear car review:BMW M3/M4/M4 GTS

Overall verdict
More efficient and effective car than its predecessors, just not quite as exciting


Superb engine flexibility, fast reacting turbos, chassis poise and grip


It's just not as charismatic as it used to be, wayward rear end


What is it?

A contentious update of an old favourite. The BMW M3 has always been the benchmark by which all junior super saloons are judged, loved not just for its handling and driver appeal, but also its dazzling naturally aspirated engine. We’ve had four, six and eight cylinder versions across the three model generations since the M3 first showed its face in 1988, but now we have something different. Turbos. A pair of turbos, in fact, mated to a 3.0-litre straight six. There are M3 saloon and BMW M4 coupe versions, plus the ultra-limited edition track-oriented £121,770 BMW M4 GTS. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
M3 CS 4dr DCT
3.9s 194g/km 34.0 460 £85,125
The cheapest
M3 4dr
4.3s 209g/km 31.0 431 £57,325
The greenest
M3 30 Jahre 4dr DCT
4.0s 194g/km 34.0 450 £82,120
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