Originally Posted by M&M
There are some intangibles which no-one on this forum will be able to explain. Thos that have owned 335's will know what I'm talking about. The on-paper facts show the M3 not to be worth the premium over the 335. But when you jump into the driver's seat, you understand the meaning of M-power & the sheer satisfaction it brings to the driver. Whether other cars are more practical or better value for money or offer better performance is immaterial if you want a car that delivers sheer driving pleasure.
I tried to explain that to another member, can't recall who but he felt the sole reason for buying an M3 or any M was the ultra high revving engine but I said M-ness is much more than that. It's controls especially feel different to other BMWs, but it's really noticeable difference is how the suspension performs, vice like yet supple with bumps.
It's why I say that ever the switch to FI won't confuse the issue because an M is so much more than just a great engine.