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2009 BMW M3: A discounted supercar?

BMW M3 | February 11th, 2010 by 13
2009 BMW M3 tach

InsideLine is showing their love again for the BMW M3. Being part of their long-term fleet, the M3 Sedan is going through some extensive test …

InsideLine is showing their love again for the BMW M3. Being part of their long-term fleet, the M3 Sedan is going through some extensive test driving and each mark in their report comes to emphasize the M3 icon status.

After 16,000 miles driven, to come with a bold statement that the “the M3 isn’t an overpriced 3 Series; it’s a discounted supercar” takes a lot of courage and might draw some anti-fanboyism, but we admire their courage and without a doubt, we agree with this adventurous statement.

The M3 is indeed a driver’s car, a unique combination between sportiness, dynamics and why not, premium design. It is clearly a car built for THE driver and every little component, element, technology within comes to reinforce that.

2009 BMW M3: A discounted supercar?

Sure, we might go down the fanboy route here, but those of you that drove the M3 certainly agree with us, those that haven’t yet, our advice is to go down to your local dealership and spend at least 30 min behind the wheel.

Please do so and come back and tell us if we suffer of “fanboyism”.

So, let’s see what InsideLine has to say:

Most people wouldn’t drop $60k on an M3 even if they could, and I get that. Crunch the numbers and it doesn’t make sense. The N54 and N55 turbo sixes nip at the mighty M-Power V8′s heels, and the cars they come in are far cheaper. Surely a 335i or a 135i — or hell, a Camaro SS — will get the job done.

But the M3 is a connoisseur’s car, and connoisseurs aren’t into crunching numbers. Try telling an oenophile that she could save 70 bucks and get the same buzz from a $5 Trader Joe’s special. That argument won’t fly. If you really care about something, you sweat the details more than the bottom line. The M3′s for people who think like that about cars. Every element of the driving experience, from the steering, suspension and brakes to the shifter and the throttle response, has been fine-tuned to please drivers who really care. It’s clearly built by connoisseurs as well as for them.

. In an age when raw automotive excellence is disappearing from showrooms faster than manual transmissions, this Bimmer stands apart.

Still not convinced? Well, remember, InsideLine is not a BMW-centric site….but still, the M3 appeals even to the brand’s strongest opponents…..

Even Jeremy Clarkson loved it: “M3 is one of the most perfectly balanced machines ever created by man. It makes an F-16 fighter jet look ungainly and lumpen! “

  • Shawn

    Considering the ///M brands heritage, I don’t think it’s so far a stretch to consider the ///M3 a “discounted supercar.” I’ve always felt that way, when the same designers honing every detail of the car have spent the morning perfecting an F1 engine. ///M really is a gratifying, unique experience, and it is special, even exotic. There is a romance behind the wheel of an ///M that makes every drive feel momentous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355344571 Alexander Phillippe

    I’ve heard many a people bash this car for one reason or another and I still don’t understand it. I’ve never driven anything like an M3 and I don’t see myself doing anytime soon until I can afford one myself or I go through the STEP program and work for BMW like my plan is, but I’m sure that whatever petty reasons these people come up with are animated with the same logic that the people who say that Bush did 9-11 use. I took all of them with an open mind when I sat in the E92 M3 at my local auto show and I immediately dismissed all of them. Not even the center-facing console annoyed me (as opposed to the driver-oriented center console) because it was still easy to reach everything and it seemed so perfectly structured. It’s still ///M, even though haters gonna hate. Same thing with the lack of Z4M and the addition of the X ///M cars. ///M still exists in those cars, even though they may be heavier, taller, bigger and have a lack of manual transmission, you can’t just take what it says on paper and that’s it. You’d have to drive one of them and then form and opinion.

    I’m still set on an M3 as my next car.

  • Josh B

    Couldnt agree more! I drove a brand new M3 Only a month ago for two weeks and being the owner of both the current gen 6 and 7 series’s i didnt expect to be so impressed. I was soo tempted to buy the car but as amazing as it is i couldnt justify having a third car, tried that with an SL55AMG a few years back and wasnt practical.
    In any case this is an amazing car wih performace that can be enjoyed.
    Although i love the M6 it doesnt have the same characteristics as an M3. Not as enjoyable from an ‘M’ perspective

  • X5SoB

    To acheive true supercar recognition, all BMW would need to do is slap a couple of turbochargers on the M3 in a limited amount and call it the M3 CSL. There is now precedent for turbos at ///M, and this new car would be sublime. Not that there is anything wrong with the current car, but it is almost overlooked by the general press…

  • viper

    not that there is anything wrong with an M3 but it loos way too similar to a regular 3er coupe or a sedan , it doesnt drive the same but thats the problem with bmw , a car like M3 , should have a supercar body , lighter , meaner looks , CSL badge and it could go next to some ferrari’s and maybe even a lambo , meaning bmw make great engines but lack in exterior designs and balls

    • Laszlo

      that would be against the whole M3 concept. The M3 is a family man’s supercar. thats the whole point. you can take the M3 on a vacation and grocery shopping , put a pair of baby seats in a back and on the weekend take it to a track. Thats the whole idea. no need for turbo’s and fender flares and mean looks,etc. all of those will ruin the everyday life with the M3.
      For that supercar image BMW Should have a car though, like the Z8 was…

  • 2011bmw

    As much I love and desire and admire the M3, is a great car, but is not in the realm of actual supercars.
    Discounted supercars?
    NISSAN GTR its definitely one
    Corvette Z06 or ZR1 yes
    M3 numbers are quite behind what those other cars can do in every dinamic tests
    And of course in acceleration tests, pulling barely 111-112mph in the quarter mile is great, but not supercar numbers. Just way way way behind.
    Start talking 118pmh + and now u are onto something.
    Love the M3, but you gotta be realistic of what you own first.

    http://www.insideline.com/bmw/m3/2008/full-test-2008-bmw-m3-coupe.html
    http://www.insideline.com/chevrolet/corvette/2009/comparison-test-2009-chevrolet-corvette-zr1-vs-2009-nissan-gt-r.html

  • BMfan

    Viper shouldnt be given space to air his disgusting views in this case please. What do you know about BMWs for goodness sake? Its obvious you dont drive one and honestly cannot make a fair assessment.
    I think people like you should concentrate on MB blogs, if there’s any such site.

  • Plaxico

    juice

  • Artmic

    I drove the M3 2 day s ago and it was awesome, sure it is winter, and the tires were performance, so couldn’t do too much, but even that little i did get to do with the car made my heart beat faster than it ever has in the 335i coupe i have.
    I’m seriously thinking of getting an M3 soon.

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  • Kiss

    The new m3 is simply awesome with its high revving V8 engine. Excellent. It may not be as fast as a GTR, but it has a soul that speaks to you and chassis that engages you in a way that many supercars dont. It is a definite keeper.

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