By Michael Martin on
2002 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
If you have been skeptical of the praise heaped upon the M3 by the automotive press, let me allay your concerns: this car is the real deal. Its performance limits are astoundingly high; a sane individual will not exceed them on public roads. The build quality is typically Teutonic - read top notch. The styling, at least to my eye, is perfect: the proportions are just right, and the overall look is aggressive without being flamboyant. The M3 is a true sports car that allows you to share the fun with three of your closest friends.
My favorite feature is the engine itself. Very tractable around town, but ready to scream at the tip of the throttle. Do yourself a favor and leave the sound system turned off while doing some spirited driving - you will be treated to a mechanical symphony.