Heavier, more expensive, but also more powerful and more refined than any previous model of M3, the 2012 BMW M3 is at once very different yet also evocative of the core essence of its predecessors' best traits.
Straddling the touring and grand-touring categories with its extensive high-tech systems and 414-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8, the 2012 M3 retains an E92 (Coupe) and E93 (Convertible) internal designations assigned to last-generation 3-Series models; the rest of the 3-Series lineup was updated to the all-new F30 series for 2012. Despite being left behind, it's still well ahead in many respects.
In terms of style, however, the 2012 M3 still looks like the last model, with flared fenders, a bulging hood, and, in the case of the Coupe, a carbon fiber roof wrapping sleekly around to the rear. The convertible's folding hard top closely mirrors the coupe's lines when the top is up, but has a low, sleek presence all its own with the roof tucked neatly away.
Whichever body type you...