Yes, the track is clearly the place where the M3 shows its abilities the very best. That's not to say that it isn't also quite fun to drive on the street, because it is, but you somehow feel like you're never able to take advantage of everything the M3 has to offer when you're only using it to tool around in commuter traffic. Still, I often find myself accelerating more aggressively than usual and taking the curves just a little bit faster than normal when I'm behind the wheel of any M3. One observation -- it seems that BMW continues to redesign the gear selector with every new car it introduces. What's up with that? I suppose if you owned this car it wouldn't be that big a deal, but it's a little disconcerting finding that there's no Park selection when the car is running. In order for the transmission to go into Park, you need to turn off the vehicle.
- Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor
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