Fallen M Power

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I’ve just fin­ished read­ing Adam Towler’s drive story with the BMW M4 CS [pic­tured above] in is­sue 245 (my word, has it re­ally been 245 is­sues al­ready?) and felt com­pelled to write.

I wanted an M- car and an ‘ evo’ car since your first year of publication, and I am now the lucky owner of a de­light­ful E90 M3, the en­gine of which Mr Towler ad­mits to miss­ing dur­ing his drive of the more modern car. In fact, the fea­ture left me with no in­cen­tive what­so­ever to swap my older car for the newer model, even if I could af­ford the frankly lu­di­crous price tag. The more main­stream £60k+ Com­pe­ti­tion Pack­age (a hor­ri­ble name) ver­sion is ad­mit­tedly more af­ford­able, but like the CS, it also war­ranted ‘only’ four-anda-half stars, whereas the E90 got the full fist of five.

My lo­cal dealer has an M2 in the show­room and I am tempted by that car’s smaller di­men­sions, lighter weight and more sen­si­ble price tag. But apart from the modern in­te­rior con­ve­niences such as the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, what as­pects would make me for­get the E90? Cer­tainly not that the M2 feels un­set­tled on bro­ken tar­mac.

It would be in­ter­est­ing to see a three-way group test of an E92 M3, F80 M4 and an M2 to see which car best de­liv­ers the thrill of driv­ing. But for now – sorry BMW – I fear the M di­vi­sion peaked some years ago and is in ter­mi­nal de­cline. What are the chances I will be se­duced by a hy­brid or even full eco M- car in the fu­ture? C Davies, Crow­bor­ough, East Sus­sex

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