The BMW M3 doesn't care for your lofty expectations
A story about some new blood, its forerunner, and the old-man box car from Stuttgart that kicked off the entire lineage.
It's seemingly a double-edged sword to be car person in today's world. Cars are as fast as ever with mind-boggling technology, outlandish styling, and wild card tricks for extracting the most performance. unfortunately, that's often at the expense of that technological intervention sapping feel and purity out of even the purest sports cars. Enthusiasts have long clamored for a return to form for many manufacturers, but Hagerty's latest episode of 𝘐𝘊𝘖𝘕𝘚 with presenter, Jason Cammisa, makes a solid point: Why should we really give such a big damn about heritage if they're still good cars?
The hands of Cammisa and renowned hot shoe, Randy Pobst, the new G80-generation M3 and M4 are lightning fast and incredibly track-capable while having a linearity and ease that the last generation F80 and F82 cars never had. So what if it's M5-sized, fugly as sin, and has steering feel to disappoint its E46 and E30 ancestors? That apparently doesn't stop it from being a good car, even in the eyes of a hardcore purist like the presenter.
The flood of reviews for the new BMW M3 and M4 raise an interesting discussion topic.
Perhaps we should stop holding this (or any car for that instance) to such high expectations based on idyllic dreams of those which came before. As Cammisa points out, chances are the originals probably weren't as perfect as we thought they were anyway.