3/18/08

Thoughts on a Drive: BMW M3


Now it’s time for the promised post-drive follow-up to our recent blog on BMW’s new M3.

Intoxicating..!

Consider this a warning. Don’t fall prey to the siren’s call of that high-revving V-8 engine, or you will find yourself on the wrong side of a speeding ticket quicker than you can say “supercalifragilistic expeali-whoa-where’s the brake pedal?”

Yes, this is unquestionably an exhilarating ride. The engine is truly manic, and it feels as though there is more torque on hand than the specifications lead you to believe. Handling is certainly of the “on rails” variety, with tons of stick and exemplary body control. The brakes are plenty powerful and the steering – though somewhat maligned in the press – seemed spot on to us. Even the ergonomics for someone 6’6” were fine, with the interior offering plenty of room and adjustability.

The only mild gripe I can come up with is the lightness of the clutch. It just didn’t quite seem to fit the attitude of this car. No problem – just order the F1 style dual clutch transmission with the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and be done with it.

To sum this all up, the new M3 looks better in person than in pictures, makes you feel like Michael Schumacher and behaves like…well… like a proper M-car should!

Connoisseur Corner recommended..!

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