Pure nat­u­ral re­course

We say farewell to a free breath­ing mod­ern clas­sic

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PAUL POT­TINGER CARS­GUIDE ED­I­TOR paul.pot­tinger@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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