THE BMW COUPÉS WE LOVE
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.
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.
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…