After a three-year hiatus, the high-performance M3 makes its return midway through the life cycle of the E36 generation of BMW's 3 Series line. While its predecessor was a narrowly focused track car, this sophisticated two-door coupe is an exceptional road machine with a flexible 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six and an imperturbable chassis. A limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels with low-profile performance tires are standard; inside, front sport seats come dressed in cloth and suede (Nappa leather is optional). Initially, the M3 is available only with a five-speed manual, but later in the model year, BMW adds an optional five-speed automatic. Additionally, buyers can opt for a luxury package that provides a less aggressive wheel design, power seat adjustments and leather and wood inlays for the door panels and console.