THE BMW COUPÉS WE LOVE

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Z3 M Coupé

It shouldn’t have worked. The Z3’s bul­bous nose, rear body­work that de­fies cat­e­go­riza­tion (Shoot­ing brake? Bread van?) and 321 PS (on first-gen cars) with­out trac­tion con­trol (it tamed pok­ier sec­ond­gen cars). But the Z3 M does work, so long as you for­give out­ra­geous val­ues and an awk­ward driv­ing po­si­tion. Ag­ile, pow­er­ful, and over­steery, the lov­able lash-up re­mains an M Di­vi­sion icon.

M4GTS

The £120k (Rs 1.1 crore) M4 GTS is a road racer of breath-tak­ing lu­nacy. Up front, the twin-turbo six pushed to 500 PS with wa­ter in­jec­tion. Be­hind you, a gold roll-cage. Be­neath you, a chas­sis so keen to over­steer the only ex­pla­na­tion is a big lever at M Di­vi­sion, used to set each car’s han­dling bal­ance ― up for un­der­steer, down for over­steer ― and an ill-timed faint­ing episode dur­ing the GTS’s sign-off.

M8 GTE

The new 8 Se­ries has a rac­ing al­ter-ego of its own: the M8 GTE, do­ing bat­tle in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship against Fer­rari 488s, Ford GTs, As­ton Van­tages, and Porsche 911 RSRs. The big­gest car on the grid and climb­ing a steep learn­ing curve in its first sea­son, it’s more Robin than Bat­mo­bile so far. But with more de­vel­op­ment, it could yet be­come a rac­ing leg­end…

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