It seems that Car and Driver editorial staff has a thing for the BMW M3. Even though it didn’t manage to break their 2015 10Best Cars List, it clearly made an impression on them. This Yas Marina Blue F80 M3 is now part of their long term fleet. And guess what? It’s a manual!
Judging by their excitement over the manual transmission, we are up for a real treat in the following months. Even though, the guys over there are not thrilled by BMW’s current lineup, they still seem to cherish every bit of what an M car presents.
“While we are collectively saddened that BMW no longer builds the car so many of us believed to be nearly perfect, we’ve written that story already, once or twice. We’re over it now. BMW, on the other hand, still has romantic aspirations. (Not to mention cars to sell and an enthusiast reputation to maintain.) So the newest addition to our long-term fleet is an M3 in Yas Marina Blue ($550) over Silverstone leather (no cost). It is a gorgeous color combination, one familiar to our editorial staff because an identical car showed up at 10Best this year, where it did garner many admirers. Just not enough of them.”
Here is their first impression of the F80 M3:
Initial logbook commentary on the M3 includes praise for its well-bolstered seats, although many have expressed concern about the upholstery. The off-white leather is pretty, but our staff is not known for exercising particularly meticulous care of anything and we fully expect that this interior will be far more off than white after 40,000 miles. We’re less sure what might happen to the consensus formed during our 10Best evaluation. As unanimously pleased as we were with the M3’s quickness and tenacity, we were also disappointed by the clinical nature of its thrills. The car is overbearing on a first encounter, and it remains to be seen if an extended stay will temper that impression.
The enjoyment of shifting through the car gears manually, combined with the excitement an M3 brings, we have no doubt this will be an interesting long term test to follow.