On a recent Saturday, I used the BMW M3 to cross Michigan in the dark morning hours, headed for Gingerman Raceway on the west side of the state. Unfortunately, I wouldn't get the time to take this cherry red BMW on the track. Instead, it sat parked in an overgrown grass field while fifty $500 cars made a comical attempt at emulating an endurance race. Even if the M3 has developed a bit of a reputation for being a playboy's toy, it's clear that the genuine gearheads at the 24 Hours of LeMons respect this car.

Like Evan, I'm blown away by the M3's ability to be a dominant performer and a comfortable touring car. I fully agree with the assessment that this M3 is as comfortable or more comfortable than lesser 3-series. The only real struggle in day-to-day driving is learning to compensate for a clutch that loves to snap down on the flywheel. Of course, even when you're taking it slow, the M3 moves fast. Despite my best efforts at self-restraint, I beat Google Maps' projected travel time to Gingerman by 45 minutes.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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