out of 10

For 3-Series buyers the M3 is the halo of the lineup and with the latest generation of the car buyers can opt for either coupe, convertible or practical four-door sedan bodystyles. Additionally, the 2011 BMW M3 is like no other before it. This generation’s heavier, more expensive and offers a dual clutch transmission; oh, and it’s got a V-8 engine too.

For driving enthusiasts the M3 has been the model of choice in BMW’s lineup for a while now, though that title arguably has passed on to the smaller and more affordable 1-Series M Coupe. For this reason, we only rate the M3 a 9 out of 10 here at MotorAuthority.

Compared with its closest competitors, the Audi S4, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, the BMW M3 is like a scalpel among butter knives. The steering is quick yet very accurate. Just throw it at a corner and the car moves with predictability and always feels solid. Our only quibble is that the car’s 4.0-liter V-8 engine really needs some revs...

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