I have to disagree with Eric Tingwall in that I generally don't appreciate or understand the need for the thousand and one minor adjustments you can make to the M3's suspension and transmission. Why, for instance, do I need to press a "power" button every time I turn on the car to get maximum throttle response? If I didn't want maximum power all the time, why in heaven's name would I be driving a 414-hp BMW?
All right, enough complaining. I am incredibly jealous of my colleagues who have had a chance to thrash this car on the track. I was forced to settle for brief bursts of high-rpm speed during my morning commute, speed that I quickly scrubbed off by slamming on the brakes and ripping off a few downshifts. Even with my discretion, I'm sure I'd have been an easy target for roving police officers, what with the M3's metallic red paint and my Cheshire cat grin.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor