After a stint in the E30 the E36 feels leaden. Its down to the controls again. Not only is the Sport's steering far superior, but its combination of throttle, gearbox and clutch ensures it delights in ways the Evolution can only dream of. Sure, the dogleg 'box takes some getting used to, but once mastered playing with its five cogs is unadulterated fun. The E36 in contrast has a more obstructive box, a poor clutch action (it's all or nothing) and a stiff throttle meaning it is difficult to apply in small doses. Driven in isolation it feels fine, but after the E30 it all feels rather awkward.
After the Evo Sport, the later car just can't cut it. Sure the E36 is faster, more practical and possibly a better everyday car. But that's not the point - speed isn't everything - these are sports cars, they should exhilarate, and there's only one car which fits the bill here.
If you haven't driven an E30 you will be happy with an E36, but there is a sense of occasion and expectation every time you slip behind the wheel of the Evo Sport that it just can't match.
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