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The very lucky folks over at AutoWeek have managed to be the first in the world with a story on the new production E92 BMW M3, powered by a new 4.0 litre V8 engine. They are of the opinion that the new M3 is now so much more grown up, being more of a practical GT than a car to trash around on the track this time. Perhaps we’ll get the trashable M3 with a possible new E92 M3 CSL that might be introduced later?

The V8 engine doesn’t disappoint, possessing the rev-hungry attitude of the previous 3.2 inline-6 engine instead of behaving like a slow and sleepy cross-plane V8, but an improvement over the inline-6 would be alot more low and mid-end torque.

Read AutoWeek’s first impression test drive.