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MT Compares 4 Generations of M3

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Since 1985, the BMW M3 has set the enthusiast's benchmark for high-performance and precision driving. Let's hope the next-gen models carries forth this legacy.

28 years ago, BMW launched the first M3. Since then, the M3 has become the definitive high-performance, German-built driver's machine that competing automakers have never quite managed to outdo. Although some have come close, the M3 has successfully retained its status as the benchmark for successfully performance and handling. As the M3 continues to evolve, the team at Motor Trend was curious whether the car is still as satisfying today as it was originally.

Now that it's clear that the next M3 will no longer be powered by a naturally-aspirated engine, will the outgoing E92 be the last of the purist breed?

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