Originally Posted by aus
Way off base. E36 was not a true //M either. I had one and loved it but it had a regular engine. The E46, E60, E92 have true /M engines.
You have been drinking the BMW Kool-Aid. I love BMW's and own 4 of them currently and have owned a dozen in the last 20 years. The build their new M-cars so they can sell more of them. Take a new stock M3 to any track and see how long those brakes and tires last trying to hurl 3,500lbs around. They are great cars but more sport coupes and tourers vs. true sports cars.