first off lemme start by saying that id kill for any M model, i love them all
now what i was thinking is that BMW has taken there famed performance division and made these cars to be the cream of the crop. yet to me i still think they fall slightly short of what a performance division should be. i mean look back a few years ago, the M3 was Americaís best handling car. Now cars like the Mazda MP3 out-handle the newer M3. I mean they still hold a benchmark, but by no means do I consider the M3 a sports car I consider it a sporty car but not a sport car. To me when I think sport car I think Porsche 911 turbo, Ferrari 360, dodge viper, the C05, the new lambo that i canít spell. granted some cars like the Ferrari, lambo, mclaren, lotus etc are considered exotics but still cars like the 911 are somewhat priced within reason.
Our competitors are making faster and faster cars with better handling characteristics than they have ever seen. For example Mercedes AMG division, Acuraís S division, Audiís S division, infinityís new G35 (ya it doesnít compare but hey what was infinity before that car) . My ultimate thought is that BMW is obviously trying to accommodate the masses.
To me the best M3 was the E30 or the e46 M3 coupe, it felt more like a race car and the driver had to sacrifice comfort for performance, THATíS a sports car. I understand that customers want luxury and comfort, inevitably they want their cake and eat it too, full of air conditioning, a nice comfortable ride, sunroof, trunk space etc, etc. blah!
Enter the M3 CSL an overpriced version of the M3. this car has a little more kick and lightened the car power, they have improved handling quite considerably, I think I read somewhere that the CSL has a 1.9 lateral G force rating, which to me is awesome, this takes the handling issue back into our favour, yet for the price that someone will pay for a CSL would it be worth the consumer to pay the cash and get the M3 CSL or buy a Porsche 911, or even to buy a corvette c05 and use the extra money for some serious performance parts
I love BMW and if I were to win tonnes of money, I would still put my money down for a new e46 M3. I cant wait to see what the new Mís will be like (e90), or when they make a MZ4.
Now before you guys kill for what ive said , use rational thought and tell me what you think. Does this sound like I need to get more sleep or am I somewhat right. Keep in mind this is my most extreme thoughts of what I think of the M3, and I understand that ive missed some stuff in this but I wanna hear what everyone else has to say