What is it?
BMW has enhanced the seminal two-door version of their performance icon, the M3 coupe, with a model called the Coupe Edition.
It sports some new colours and body bits, some dark chrome treatments, a 10mm lower ride height, and a series of subtle but telling interior changes that do just enough to justify a special name.
What’s it like?
You’re talking about a compact car with a 420 bhp, 4.0-litre V8 in the nose, driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox.
The coupe already has quite a few advantages: a smaller frontal area than the saloon and a lower seating position, plus lower weight (fewer doors) and a lower centre of gravity (courtesy of a carbon fibre roof that shaves 15kg from an equivalent steel structure).
Throw in this new Editon model’s 10mm lower ride height for what BMW primly calls “enhanced dynamic capability”, plus the fact that it can come equipped with a super-looking set of black 19-inch wheels, and you’d be within your rights to conclude that this is the best BMW M3 of them all.
This matter is best confirmed on a circuit such as the Bedford Autodrome, which is where we tested the M3 Coupe Edition during a BMW track day.