The outgoing M3 CS is unnecessary fodder
The Motorsport range is as brilliant as it has always been, but it seems to have lost its sparkle.
The outgoing M3 CS has many good things going for it. It's a BMW M3 gents and arrives with the most iconic name in sports saloon history. Isn't that enough? No doubt, South Africans love the M3 like they love ChesaNyama and that there is a fact.
This very M3, the outgoing CS, will push an impressive 338kW with 600Nm of torque, and will race to 100km/h quicker than you can say 'Yoh, marra that's like hectic fast Ntwana, so just hold onto your tits and smile." That's 3.9 seconds by the way, which, once upon a time was super car territory. It's precisely the reason why the BMW M3 became so famous in the first place because it takes the saloon car, the family car, and turns its driver into a racer.
Of course, the outgoing M3 CS is brilliant. Journalists are already and unsurprisingly raving about it and rightly so: It's poised better than the standard M3 and offers, dare we even say it, sheer driving pleasure from the moment you enter it until the moment you leave.
But the question is this: Can you really buy a 4-door M3 CS when you can have the slightly cheaper (and as good) M3? And then, can you really buy that when you can get the better looking 2-door M4, which has space four?
Then, there's another problem: Why buy a M4 when you can have the M2? The M2 is the skinnier, defter, cheaper and a purer version of the M4 that will give you all the kick of the big brother, without the unnecessary and expensive fodder.
So, the problem with the Motorsport division at the moment then is not how good their cars are. That's never been in question.
The problem is this... Read the rest of this article at gtmag.co.za
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