"Still the Ultimate Driving Machine!"4.5 starson by adicool007
Pros: - Sublime handing.
- 8400 rpm of sweet sounding V8 music!!! Superior engine technology, with 8 individual throttles and a 7 speed DCT to fly thro' the gears.
- Performance Package with EDC changes for better track performance.
- Widescreen Nav and cabin t
Cons: - MPG (should be in the dismal category).
- Understated design (although a lot of people like it), not as beautiful as some Audis.
- Start Stop system that actually is a pain and adds negligible miles to the gallon.
- Lack of some performance options such
Summary: The article states that the M3 has direct injection, however, the M3 never had direct injection. It might be there in the next generation M3, however, the 4L V8 engine has individual throttles for each cylinder, but no direct injection. You would think CNET wouldn't make such a mistake, but yet they have.
Also, the second thing is that the M3 is about 3 years old and still seems to be the king in the handling department, which is a great thing to note. It took the Audi S4 about three years to displace the 335i, I am not sure if the M3 has been displaced by the RS5 yet or maybe the upcoming RS4. While 414bhp is plenty under almost all conditions, having 450bhp to be on a level playing field with Audi and Mercedes wouldn't hurt (like the M3 GTS).
Given the 3 series is up for a refresh, the upcoming M3 with a possible turbo charged engine would make for an interesting proposition. Going away from the high revving concept to the smaller capacity efficient power concept, would make for an exciting comparo. With the recent specs for the 2012 M5 and BMWs love for "Twin Power Turbo" tech, it almost seems a certainty.
Until then the die hard M3 fans will ensure that the current version continues to flourish, as it has.
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