Pure natural recourse
We say farewell to a free breathing modern classic
IT says much for the current run of BMWs that the outgoing E92 coupe series is its best.
Sometime in the next little while, they’ll let us know when the new range of two-doors will be among us (late this year is the current betting).
For now we can think of no betterBMWto spend time in or money on than a 335iM Sport or— if fortune has smiled yet wider upon you— an M3.
We don’t do car-stalgia but it’s hard not to get a little misty about the last of its breed, arguably the one that will come to be seen with rosy insight as unique.
The first and only V8 M3 will be replaced, as are all naturally breathing BMWs, with a smaller forced-induction engine, in this instance a no less than triple turbocharged inline six.
Blazingly good it will no doubt be. But it won’t be the same. We’re loath to disappoint potential recipients of Carsguide’s post-mortem organs, but we may hock a few in order to get the last of these.
At $125,000 for the final run of its basic but more than sufficient Pure Edition M3s, we can talk of the performance prestige bargain of the century — some $7K less than the previous edition. That’s down to Lexus IS-F money. You’d go there all right.
If, however, everyone else has got there first, a full equipped entry-level M3 with six-speed manual, such as the singularly coloured one you see, is $155,100. Do you really need that kidney?
The matte Frozen Red is the only one of its sort on the road. The colour can be ordered for $5700 as can lightweight alloys ($4000) and chrome accents ($1300). Be aware that if this colour unfailingly turns heads, it has the same effect on a few stomachs.
Apart from a transmission that shifts itself, you want for little. There’s a multimedia system thatBMWat length equipped with function to match its form andMbadging and trim so that the world knows you have the real thing.
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