First BMW was my ex'es '84 318i. I think it had around 9 hp but it could handle any turn and I took quite a few with the e-brake. It was more fun around town than my 5.0 Mustang.
Fast forward a couple decades and I had the chance to get a good car for both DD and track use. Didn't want the M3 because I usually see a half dozen 3-series cars on my 1.5 mile commute. Then I drove one and started looking. Then I tracked my friend's E92 and bought mine a week later.
I've often said I want a decent house and a 16 car garage. An M3 was on that list since I read the same article mentioned above so many years ago.