I showed up in the Charger about an hour or so before closing time, went up to the first sales person I found and told him I wanted to drive the little blue M3 convertible. He was totally clueless about cars and acknowledged my gearhead superiority. He had zero f***ks to give and was all like, “Yeah! Let’s go have some fun in an M car!”
The one thing I didn’t love was the auto stick “sequential manual gearbox” thing. I just wanted it to pick one. Be an auto or a stick! Maybe you get used to it, but it was just weird for me.
But everything else was quite awesome. I have never actually driven a car that was set up for handling and RWD. (I’ve driven one or the other- muscle cars and Integras and stuff.) Having both is DAMN FUN. The sales dude totally let me drive it like I stole it. There was a 90 degree turn in an intersection where I didn’t have to stop, and the sales guy says, “This one is really fun! You don’t even have to slow down!” So I took the turn at 30 mph and hit the apex and floored it and laughed like a madwoman. And it was A-MAZ-ING.
The car feels FAST and it sounds good and the ride is nice and firm without feeling totally rattly. I would love to try a non-convertible and see if I notice a difference. I get why these cars have such a devoted following and people love to drive them.
The interior is just like any other 3 Series and probably has more bells and whistles than I care about. The back seat is really just for emergency use only – no one can sit behind me since I’m tall, so this car could realistically seat 3 adults if I needed it to. It’s cute from the outside and the blue is pretty.
Anyway, 8/10, would DD and get lots of speeding tickets!
Up Next: 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe, 2013 Scion FR-S, and a 2011 Mustang GT
Ann Morey isn’t an automotive journalist, but she’s probably doing a better job of it than most of us. She’s a mid career marketing manager who only recently learned how to drive a manual transmission. She’s got a classic Charger in the garage and a boring Accord in need of replacement, so she’s out to test drive every mid-20-thousands dollar sports car out there.