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Posted by Henry on November 18, 2000 at 23:18:54:

In Reply to: I Drove New M3 posted by Beemerdeeler on November 18, 2000 at 09:36:58:

It must be the new information age that one can endorse a car by driving around a parking lot in 1st gear. For that matter, I wonder how many on this board ordered a new M3 without even having driving the E46 3 series. I guess the age of test-driving a vehicle is in past. Now we can let other people, press, magazines make up our mind. All we have to do is buy it and with it, elevating oneself to the level of the elite M owners. Perhaps I'm clueless. But having owned quite a few BMW spanning the 2002 to the current E46, I still reserve my opinion on the yet to be seen new M3 until a thorough test drive is available.
This is not a flame by any means. I'm just pointing out the absurdity of making a claim on anything that has yet to be experienced other than reading from press and magazines.

Recently I had an oppurtunity to drive the E-46 M3 in a parking lot. The compression in that motor when you start it up is incredible.
Now please keep in mind that i did not break 50km/h so I did not actually drive the car. But the suspension in compared to the 330Ci Sport susp. is night and day. Alot tighter. Chassis rigidity is drastically increased. and the shifter is shorter throw.
The car I drove was pre-production so I do not know if the engine finishing was complete or not but it looks alot like the 94EuroSpec E-36. Very nice:-)
Low end torque was nothing to write home about, just like the Euro's But mid end up in first gear(the only gear I drove in) was sweetness.
The car is more refined than the E-36 but not soft. It is a true sports car.
In short if you think that the E-36 M3 was one of the greatest cars of all time, just wait 'cause you ain't seen nothing yet. NUF SAID

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