From the minute the original BMW M3 came out it was one of the sleekest looking, best handling cars I’d ever driven. The M3’s engine was made for high speeds and swerving through urban or interstate traffic. The newest version, the 1 Series M Coupe, is now available for public consumption.
Unlike most souped-up engines, this BMW 3.0-litre straight-six is just there, murmuring gently, ready for the call in any gear and at any speed. This extraordinary, turbine-like urge is not at all like the old M3, with its hot cams and whirring chain drive, yet the M Coupé’s revs will climb to an astonishing 7,000rpm before the limiter cuts in. Your first overtaking manoeuvre is so ridiculously easy it’s hard not to laugh.