This new G80 BMW M3 is quite different from the previous M3s, as it offers more choices than ever before. With the exception of the upcoming M3 Turing and M3 CS you can now buy three different M3 models. Currently, you can get the Standard BMW M3, BMW M3 Competition, and BMW M3 xDrive Competition. It may be hard for you to choose the right one but this new video of car and driver makes you think that this is the ideal car which is the best.

In this video, C & D’s Carlos Lago breaks the “State of the M3” to see what the new M3 is about and why the standard car is the best.

The standard BMW M3 comes in only one flavor – 473 horsepower, 479 pound-feet of torque, six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. That’s it. However, Lago claims that the back-to-basic regular M3 is the preferred M3, due to its greater engagement and simplicity. He makes it a great point about ending a dying breed.

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Of the performance sedans on sale, only three offer a manual transmission and the BMW M3 is one of them. The other two are Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing (a M3 competitor) and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing (M5 competitor). So if you are a car enthusiast who wants three-pedal and rear-wheel drive, you want to take your kids to school, your options are limited, to say the least.

I like to hear these different opinions about the BMW M3, because it has proven to be an interesting car in the history of BMW. I noticed that the M3 xDrive contest was actually the best in the bunch, which shocked me because I thought it would be the worst of them before going on a test drive. But the M3 variants are quite different in how they drive that they are getting such different opinions among car enthusiasts and it is interesting to see. Look at this.