Originally Posted by Flyingfart
Taken from a blog so pls dont flame me but seek your opinion or personal analysis:
The best two M3's were the first generation and the E46 M3. The reason why is at the time, they had absolutely no competitors for the price (at least in the USA, since the GT-R still destroyed M3's everywhere else). The E46 M3, when released in 2001 not only looked FAR better than all other E46's, it performed head and shoulders above them as well. They absolutely crushed all their competition at their price. But now, BMW has a huge problem. The first is internal. BMW is now trying to sell 100,000 M3's a year by their own words, and you can't do this without diluting ///M the brand. They had to soften it from the previous gen, and although its a great car, its a compromise between luxury and track performance. It absolutely is NOT a track car. Its just another car you can take to the track. Also, now you have other problems in that the Audi RS4 can go toe to toe with the M3, and the brand new Nissan GT-R absolutely destroys it at the same price on any field anywhere regardless of the test. The M3 has been dethroned. And this is coming from someone who has a E46 and E93. Face it, the legend of the M3 is just history now. BMW has resorting to allow the ///M to stand for MARKETING instead of motorsport now
You're absolutely on the spot with the rs4 comparison to the E93. But in regards to the GT-R comparison, it really isn't the same. Although the GT-R is listed for the same price, a few of my friends are paying anywhere from 10-20k over. In any case, at its price range, the GT-R can take even the 997 turbo at the track. In such a competitive market, it's no suprise that BMW has spruce up the luxury to make the new Ms more marketable and profitable. Over all though, I like the new M just as much as I did my e46. There's always going to be a better and faster car. It is what it is.