That is, until the M2 arrives.
It's become somewhat standard to see specific car models grow larger and larger with each subsequent generation. Perhaps it's because we're all getting fatter. Whatever the actual reason(s) are, this steady growth spurt can cause cars to lose some of the elements that made them so great to begin with. There are many examples, but perhaps one of the best is the BMW M3. Look at the original E30 M3. Now look at today's M3 - sorry, no, M4.
Quite the size difference between the two coupes. With the previous gen M3 coupe (the E92), BMW revealed a smaller and equally potent alternative, the 1 Series M Coupe. Unveiled in 2010, the 1M coupe was powered by a twin-turbo straight-six that produced 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Only a six-speed manual was offered. Total weight: Just under 3,300 lbs. It was absolutely glorious, and around 6,300 examples were sold. This, everyone, is the ideal M car of recent times. It does the original M3 proud.