The original M3 is arguably the best, and most pure version of the breed, and now a bona fide classic
Back in the late 80’s it was all about Ford’s Sierra Cosworth, which wasn’t hard to understand as it came complete with a picnic table attached to it’s hatch-back, and produced near super-car performance for supermarket money. However, for the more discerning gentleman BMW’s M3, built buy the company’s lauded M-division, had far more in its locker for those seeking ultimate driving thrills.
Initially powered by a four-cylinder 2.3-litre petrol engine producing an impressive 192hp, and mated to a five-speed manual, complete with race-style dog-leg first gear arrangement, later models received a power (197hp) and engine boost (2.5-litre, 235hp).
Such was its overall performance that even today it continues to get the motoring press misty eyed - in 2007 “Automobile Magazine included it in the “5 greatest drivers cars of all time” under their 25 Greatest Cars of All Time.
The combination of razor sharp handling, super-communicative steering, and high-revving, eager engine delivered a result that’s hard to find in the subsequent over-powered and under finessed versions.
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