The N54 in the 1M feels much different than any other N54 vairant, including the Z4is and The 335is. It feels much more "M". It truly is an amazing little car. The purest in the BMW lineup.
With that being said, there are deffinitley two types of M3 buyers. Those who buy it for the name and those who buy it for the driving experience. I have found that it is more common that they buy it for the name, which is unfortunate.
Oh, and sorry DCT guys, the majority of "enthusiasts" go for the 6MT. The DCT is more common for the "name" buyers, as they cant drive stick. The DCT is an amazing thing, and for what it is, it is great. But at the end of the day, the car is missing something. And that little thing goes under your left foot.
I am a CA, so I see this stuff every day.
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