Originally Posted by mhabs
The fact that the E9x M3 is still winning comparison tests (Automobile mag the latest) vs its direct sedan/coupe rivals 5 years after its introduction and right before the next generation is released pretty much says it all. Would not be terribly surprised if the E9x will be billed as the more fun/engaging car to drive vs the F8x.
The outgoing M3 is, by all accounts, a very special car. It's a joy to own one and drive it every day. I won't be surprised if this car is held in the same high regard as the E39 M5 many years from now. The new M3/4 will surely outperform the current car, but with so much resting on the subjective feel of a car for many enthusiasts, they will be hard-pressed to produce a new car that compares in this respect to the cars we own.