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Test Drive: BMW E90 M3

BMW M3 | August 21st, 2008 by 11
BMW Blog 2008 E90 M3

I was up in Chicago visiting Horatiu this past weekend. And our buddy Irv Robinson at Motor Werks in Barrington, IL gave us some nice …

Test Drive: BMW E90 M3

I was up in Chicago visiting Horatiu this past weekend. And our buddy Irv Robinson at Motor Werks in Barrington, IL gave us some nice cars to drive. We started off looking for an E90 M3 in Silver. Yuck. But for some odd reason we couldn’t find it… Oh well. I asked Irv about the Jerez Black with Red leather. Yes, red leather! It was indeed incredibly sexy.

Some of you may remember my original test drive review of the E92 M3. I did that when it first dropped in February. What a ride! I was eager to do it all again in the E90. I’ve been wanting to drive the E90 to see what the differences were between it and the E92.

I found one difference, really. It felt lower and a little more planted. Which really is kind of odd, seeing as which the E92 is longer and weighs less. Maybe it’s because I haven’t driven such an amazing car in so long. The only other difference was the price. $66,000 versus $70,000. A nice savings for 2-extra doors. I’m a 4-door sedan man myself, so I would love it.

Stay tuned for some photos of the M3.

But now onto the video.

Enjoy,

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJIspL7xKKU[/youtube]

Article by Josh from RawAutos.com

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  • Kodey

    no offence i think you should work on your shifting, but other than that amazing job, beautiful sound wen you floored it =]

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @Kodey: Hahaha, yes, my 2nd to 3rd shifting was nothing special. My 1st to 2nd before that was a little off. It may not look it on camera since it was so shaky, but dropping the clutch into 2nd was actually quite appeasing, unlike most cars. The 1st to 2nd shift in the M3 is so weird because it’s such a long gear shift…

    It is a different experience to shift, drive, concentrate on possible Police cars, talking on camera, trying to think of something good to say, and not missing a step.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Kodey: I gave him a hard time also, he stalled my 335i lol But other than that, he did an okay job. We’ll keep him around :))

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @Horatiu B.: Oh, that is so not fair!!! I was in reverse and you and Alex were yelling at me because I was going to hold up cars…

    I was trying to parallel park Horatiu’s 335i into a tight spot… I got it in with no problems. I did stall it in reverse. I didn’t expect having to give it so many revs. In my defense, I was driving in Downtown Chicago! I have never driven there before. SO HA! to you Horatiu! Hahaha.

    Hey, Ford gave me a few thumps ups for taking the Bullitt so hard around the track and surviving. Haha.

  • Giom

    Good to see away from your desk -looks much more at ease behind the wheel, I knowticed…lol

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @Giom: Thanks buddy. Yeah, when it comes to being with the cars I feel more at ease. I love them… I love talking about them, but there’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and putting one through your personal tests.

  • George

    Nice review!The gear shifting is something that people need to get used to, so no comment from my part. We should also take into account that the (manual) shift from 2nd to 3rd gear has the most kick (characteristic for every BMW).

    I remember the first reviews that I read for the E92 M3 was that it’s steering had a more muted feel compared to it’s predecessor and that it wasn’t as “hard core” as the previous model and that they couldn’t wait for the CSL version. I think these are foolish comments.

    The new model became more friendlier, more predictable and more controllable at its limits and much more faster. What more could someone ask for an everyday grand tourer? This car is still the benchmark no matter what the paid authors from the VAG Group say.

  • Kodey

    your funny, i forgot about talking on camera and watching out for the cops. so it i guess it would be harder to concentrate on the gears and everything. so ill still keep visiting your awesome website lol.

  • http://www.carversation.com carversation.com

    you’re lucky. So Josh after driving the 335 and m3, how do they differ? obviously speed and engine but I mean is it worth the extra price above a 335i?

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @carversation.com: Thanks man. To me, the M3 will always be worth the extra price of admission. It’s just that car. Same with all of the ///M cars. They are just that much better. Basically, take the awesomeness of 2 335’s and mash them together. That still doesn’t equal the perfection of the M3.

    The 335i is a great car! Hands down, one of the best on sale today. For the money, it performs better than any at that price, and many higher priced cars, too.

    The M3 is probably a bit harsher of a ride for most people. But I actually prefer it. I think the M3 is just the perfect balance of sport, performance and luxury.

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