Features

The Affordable 3s, 1991-2006 1

The Affordable 3s, 1991-2006

With E36 prices hitting rock bottom and those for its E46 successor not much higher, buying a 3 Series has never been easier. Getting one that won’t break the bank post-purchase, however, can be considerably more difficult.

Racing

The Underdog 1

The Underdog

Before the E30 M3 arrived in U.S. showrooms, it hit the track with Korman Autoworks in the Firestone Firehawk series, where its success against more powerful competition made the car a fan favorite.

Classics

Out of the mist 1

Out of the mist

Inspired by BMW Motorsport’s late ’70s race cars, Edgar Fajardo modified his 320i with old-school fuel metering, updated suspension and track-ready aerodynamics.

Modified

The cure for a broken heart 1

The cure for a broken heart

After her E46 M3 was vandalized, Courtney Wingfield decided to make the best of a bad situation. Repainting it Yas Marina Blue, she built it into the BMW of her dreams, with well sorted aerodynamics, powerful brakes and track-ready suspension.

Classics

The Torque Equation 1

The Torque Equation

When it comes to driving fun, we know that handling is more important than power, but how much torque is the absolute minimum? To find out, we drive a pair of relatively low-torque BMWs: the E30 M3 and its tax-dodging cousin, the E30 320is.

History

The win that wasn’t…or was it? 1

The win that wasn’t…or was it?

In 1964, when the 1800 took on the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in its debut season. BMW wasn’t expecting much from its new sedan, but drivers Rauno Aaltonen and Hubert Hahne were in it to win it.

Road Tests

The lies we tell ourselves 1

The lies we tell ourselves

Sure, it’s got more features and options than any BMW to date, but is the new 7 Series really a better car? Our European correspondent casts a critical eye on the 7’s so-called progress.

Modified

Mythical monster 1

Mythical monster

When an E30 M3 with the heart of an S85 V10 showed up unexpectedly in Marc Norris’ Bavarian Workshop, we couldn’t resist firing up this Frankenbimmer. And, boy, is it hot!

Road Tests

A more engaging M4 3

A more engaging M4

With a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from the 1 M Coupe, the M4 becomes a more rewarding car to drive.

Road Tests

The sweet spot 4

The sweet spot

Built from 1999 to 2006, the E46 coupes represented the culmination of decades of engineering tradition at BMW. Even today, E46 coupes like this 328Ci deliver a timelessly rewarding driving experience.

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