Yeah, yeah, the M3 is amazing on the track but the truth is, it's nearly as rewarding on the street. The only negative worth mentioning is the M3's stiff suspension. It's a bit unforgiving for daily driving and can become tiresome on Michigan's beaten-up roads, even in its least aggressive setting. But for those lucky few who have the means and the desire to get into an M3, I'm guessing it will barely register.
The automatic-manual hybrid gear selector baffles me. Like Eric, I don't see the benefit of an automatic transmission that can't be put into park. It does feel nice, though, and once you're under way, it's unobtrusive. I love the adjustable, slim armrest for the driver. It slides frontwards to provide arm support for those of us who are vertically challenged and can't use the central storage bin as an armrest. And when its not needed, it can be slid back and out of the way.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor