Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2008 M3 V8 meets up with Dennis. Results at 11.....

The M3 is a staple in the performance car genre. Whether it be coupe, sedan, or convertible the M3 has provided great balance and enjoyment in every generation. Having the pleasure of driving each generation, I still am a purist believing that the original M3 with it's 2.3L was a lightweight razor blade on the track. It's handling was very neutral and it was a car more focused on the ability to drive smoothly than most newer cars that have the WRC philosophy of "jam on the gas and slam on the brakes". But like they say, there's no replacement for displacement and with 4.0 liters on tap under the pedal on the right, this car overcomes the some of the finesse needed with power. Get too crazy with that power though, and this car will sidestep out quicker than you can wink. The traction control is not intrusive though and will allow for input from the gas pedal, up to a limit of course.

The M3 is well equipped with bluetooth, navigation, and ipod interface along with the rest of the normal goodies one gets in a 3 series. As capable as the car is, it's not a burden to drive whatsoever. This particular car has the standard 6 speed transmission. Yes, I know that the SMG is faster in a drag race but if you are drag racing this car, you are wasting it's potential. The 6 speed really gives a great feel and allows you to have a more traditional experience. Couple that with the non-traditional experience of a V8 that revs to 8500 rpm and you have a fun little monster. It wails when you want it to but around town, you can drive it like Granny's Buick with no problems. The clutch is smooth and the steering is just as normal as any other 3 series. It feels like second nature to drive this car.

All this is fine and good, until you push the "M Dynamic Mode" button on the right part of the steering wheel controls. Immediately, the throttle becomes more sensitive to inputs of your right foot adding the need for precision. It also forces the car in to the maximum potential power mode.

There is no replacement for displacement, unless it's forced induction and I am glad that we are able to enjoy an 8 cylinder M3 before the gas prices and company regulations force their hands into producing smaller displacement turbo engines.

All in all, it's a fun car. It's easy to drive and easy to drive quickly. I'm curious to see how this car stacks up against the C63 AMG that has more off the line snort and much more displacement.

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