Surprisingly, The Smoking Tire (and its predecessor, Garage 419) has never tested a BMW M3. Chalk it up to availability or circumstance, but Matt Farah’s never wrung out the highest performance 3 Series prior to this video. As he points out, this may be your last chance to buy an M3 with a naturally aspirated V8, which is worth the price of admission for the exhaust note alone. Future M3s are likely to come with turbocharged six-cylinder engines, in an effort to reduce emissions and boost fuel economy. In a perfect world, that’s what 1 Series diesels are for, but even BMW is growing increasingly paranoid over tightening fuel economy regulations in the US and the EU. See Matt’s take on the M3 Competition Coupe in the video below.
Seventy five thousand dollars is a lot of money, but few cars are as well balanced as the M3. There were six M3s on this year’s One Lap of America, including the car that finished 12th overall and took top honors in the Luxury Sedan category. If you’ve never driven one, it’s worth the effort to track down an understanding owner, but be warned: once you’ve tossed an M3 into a series of corners, it’s awfully hard to resist buying your own.