I have had several "M's", including 2 E46 BMR's.
The 2009 is a nicely sculpted vehicle as it sits curbside, although some have described it as looking like a Pontiac.
It's very comfortable and it handles great.
The 414 hp seems unbelievable to me because the (295 ft lb.)torque rating is so low in comparison.
I have owned an '03 CLK55 AMG, which had less HP, but far more torque.
The M3 just doesn't have the power that I like "off the line."
Sure, it will do 150 mph, but where can you realistically do that kind of speed?
For excitement on the road, I think the Benz equivalents are far better.
1997 M3, stick shift, 260hp, fun car but under powered, traded it for 2002 M3, SMG, 333hp, tough transmission, but better car and more power, but not a very good high rev engine, the sound at high RPM was metalic, traded it for a 2009 M3 Coupe, stick shift, 414hp, heavy car, but has a high rev engine that wakes up around 3500RPM and it quickly goes to 8000RPM without a fuss and sound great, but under 3500RPM you are stuck in the mud, but still when you get on the highway, that's when the fun begins.