‘ 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

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