Its important to me, because the way I see it the E9X M3 and E6X M5/M6 are one of a kind in M lineage. These three triplets are descendants of the BMW F1 era and inherited the most technology transfer IMO.
Bespoke engines and drivetrains and bangle era styling. Its a different kind of flash and glam compare to new and older M cars.
The new M5 already looks already wore off on me, and I am beginning to appreciate the E60 M5 styling more and more; its a lot more bold and evocative. The F10 M5 is more like a sequel to the E39 M5.
If the new M5 is any indication, I think the new M3 will pick up where the E46 M3 left off, making the V10 M5/M6 V8 M3 truly one of a kind chapter in M history.
Sure the E9X, E6X M cars had its flaws but I think those characteristics are part of the charisma. The engine and sound absolutely dominates the driving experience.
2013 Scion FR-S
2009 BMW E92 M3
2008 BMW E90 335i
2005 BMW X3 3.0i