The new BMW M3 is now available in India.
Yes, the Auto Expo news more or less revolved around the Tata Nano. But behind the tiny Tata were other big stories, like this one. With a lovely white specimen on stage, BMW took the wraps off the M3.
And before anyone could accuse BMW of showing thrilling cars without any realistic possibility of the adoring public getting any closer than the velvet ropes that cordoned them off, they launched it. This means you, or anyone with the right amount of money, can walk into a BMW showroom and buy himself an M3 -- just like that.
What we have here is a story that began in 1985. BMW unveiled the first M3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in that year. Here was a car that looked very close to normal, and was most certainly as practical as any car in its class.
But, the engineers had been at it. The car also happened to possess extremely refined handling, a clear, sporty intent and an engine that had performance, which far exceeded what would constitute normal in its class. It was a delicious combination which, not surprisingly, went down very well indeed.
Text: Shubhabrata Marmar, Business Standard
Photograph: Rajesh Karkera
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