BMW M3 – is it too competent?

BMW M3 – is it too competent?

The great thing about old BMW M3s is that, to an extent, you felt like you were taking your life in  your hands when on twisting blacktop at speed. The new M3 has none of this exhilaration. It’s so competent and sure-footed as to be almost boring. Except for the acceleration, that is. Of course, wrapping it around to 8300rpm is obligatory, and then the M3 roars, but at highway speeds even on corners marked half the speed limit the M3 sticks to the road like Exxon Valdez oil to a pristine arctic wilderness. Oops, perhaps a bad analogy seeing as the new M3 is far more ecologically friendly than those of old because of BMW’s EfficientDynamics. It has controllable schizophrenia – it’s both a socially adept and charming conversationalist, and an angry dominatrix.

The great thing about old BMW M3s is that, to an extent, you felt like you were taking your life in  your hands when on twisting blacktop at speed. The new M3 has none of this exhilaration. It’s so competent and sure-footed as to be almost boring. Except for the acceleration, that is. Of course, wrapping it around to 8300rpm is obligatory, and then the M3 roars, but at highway speeds even on corners marked half the speed limit the M3 sticks to the road like Exxon Valdez oil to a pristine arctic wilderness. Oops, perhaps a bad analogy seeing as the new M3 is far more ecologically friendly than those of old because of BMW’s EfficientDynamics. It has controllable schizophrenia – it’s both a socially adept and charming conversationalist, and an angry dominatrix.

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