WHAT WE SAID
ROAD TEST, SEPTEMBER 2007
‘ The undoubted highlight of the new M3 is the engine. Every gear presents you with the opportunity to enjoy a seamless, savage surge from tickover to the red line. This is a 4- litre V8 that spins with the hunger and ferocity of Honda’s finest four- cylinder VTEC units.
‘ It feels plenty quick enough if you shift up at around 7500rpm. However, it’s only when you’ve felt the intoxicating rush continue for another 900 blissful revolutions that you can claim to have experienced the V8 M3 in all its glory. How often you’d work it this hard is debatable, but, when you can, it makes this car very special indeed.
‘ It’s not quite feelsome enough or focused enough to be a truly inspirational drive in the purest sense – there’s a CSL on the way, though [ what would actually become the GTS – Ed] – but there’s no doubting that this new M3 is everything it needs to be. Tremendously quick, consummately capable and, when you’re in the mood, highly entertaining, it maintains the M3’ s position as BMW’S best drivers’ car.’ – evo 108