The BMW M3 is the ultimate fence-sitter. It perfectly straddles the line of track star and daily driver without feeling like a compromised machine. As good as the M3's six-speed manual is, the dual-clutch gearbox in our test car was fantastic and I love, love, love the ability to adjust the speed of the gear shifts. Adjustable dampers and the restricted power output make for a very tractable car for morning commutes. For the track, or even just a twisty road, tap the "M" button and call up your preferred settings for the chassis, engine, transmission, and stability control. I do have one complaint amidst the glowing praise for the M3: BMW needs to revise the clumsy gear selector that has no way to put the car in park. Instead, your only option is neutral and the handbrake until you shut the car off.
- Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
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