You are here

Specification:
BMW M3
Engine:
2979cc, in-line 6cyl, RWD, 425bhp, 405lb ft
Claimed MPG:
32.1mpg, 232g/km CO2
Performance:
0–62mph in 4.1secs, 155mph
Weight:
1560kg
Price:
£56,505/£64,560 as tested

Toothless has illuminated badges on his seats. I think ‘his’, rather than ‘her’ – it’s the first time that’s come up. Anyway, they are not a good thing. Not so much for the weight and cost they must add, but for what they say about the M3. They’re a bit… tinselly.

And that makes me fearful – if BMW decided glowing M badges were essential, what other curious un-M bits might the marketing department have included?

I’ve found some. Engine noise is piped through to the speakers. The gearbox kicks artificially with each shift. I get lost with all the modes I have to choose from.

This all concerns me. It’s like the M3 cake has been iced with a tasteless layer of flimflam that it would be better off without. And yet, I’m starting to fall for the car. I love the fact that, unlike the TTS I had before, I can’t use all the power, all the time. It’s a challenge. And when I concentrate, I forget about the illuminated badges.

Read more on:

What do you think?

This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Please read Top Gear’s code of conduct (link below) before posting.