2009 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

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2009 BMW M3 Sedan: Best Sedan (sniff, pout) Ever

October 02, 2009

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As our 2009 BMW M3 nears its 10K milestone, it feels as tight, powerful, and tacitly capable as it did the day it arrived. The current E90 M3 has been derided as being a sell out by those who feel the M3 peaked with the E36 (or even E30). Regardless of whether you feel this is the best M3 ever, it is perhaps the best sedan there is at any price. Here's why...

The 2009 BMW M3 Sedan is honest about what it is. I mean it doesn't attempt to be anything other than it is and it does everything that's expected of it. Sure you could say that a Prius is just as honest and I wouldn't argue with you. But this sedan combines just enough practicality and luxury with that rarely-achieved driver-machine bond. The most obvious clue is in how the seat holds you tight and makes you feel like you are truly a required part of the hardware (and software). Then you'll notice how the steering allows you to feel like you've got the palms of your hands on the tarmac. Finally, the way it rewards (and sort of even thanks you) for doing things correctly (like up- and down-shifting, trail braking, and so on) makes you realize others who value such things have been sitting exactly where you are, doing precisely what you are doing, and insisting that it behaves as it is. Only a handful of cars have felt to me as if they've been designed and engineered from the driver's seat where Hans-Joachim Stuck himself was calling the shots. Don't get me wrong. This car isn't hard to drive. It's not even scary to drive. No, it's just that when push comes to shove, the car gets better the more you ask of it. And in case you were wondering, the other three honest cars that come to mind at this very moment are the Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari 430, and Mitsubishi Evo IX GSR (didn't see that one comin' did ya?).

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 9,911 miles

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