2009 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

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2009 BMW M3: Blends Into the Background

July 27, 2009

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With previous iterations of BMW's M cars, you could order some pretty outlandish colors such as Phoenix Yellow Metallic and Laguna Seca Blue. The latest M3 sedan, however, has a less expressive and expansive palette. Its Lemans Blue is darker than Laguna was; Melbourne Red is about as exciting as it gets. Alpine White is, well, white.

Henceforth, our M3 causes barely a flutter on other motorists' awareness meter. Most people probably think it's just another 3 Series with aftermarket wheels. And you know, this suits me just fine. Little do the masses know that that I've got 414 horsepower under the hood and tires so sticky that they leave rubber marks on my driveway.

To take a theme from the movie The Hangover, driving our 2009 M3 sedan is like a going to a batchelor party in Las Vegas that has tigers and strippers while everyone else thinks you're on your way to Napa Valley to stay in a quaint lodge and gently sip Pinot noir.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,540 miles

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