Although the original E30-based BMW M3’s primary reason for being was homologation for rallying and touring car racing, it was quickly drafted to fill another role: That of the German company’s sharpest and purest sport sedan for the street. The subsequent E36, E46 and E90/E92/E93 (sedan/coupe/convertible) generations each further solidified the M3’s reputation as one of the finest performance driving tools available at any price. Now, though, there are big changes afoot with the backbone of the M Division.
The biggest change of all is arguably the fact that there are no more two-door M3s. Now, before you go and try to sic Anonymous on BMW, realize that M GmbH tweaked coupes (and, presumably, convertibles) will still be available; they’ll just be wearing M4 badges, following the pattern set by the regular 4 Series which is now divorced (nomenclaturely speaking, anyway) from the 3 Series sedans and wagons. But there are many more changes to be found, all of which are more than just nameplate deep.