Loud And Proud – M3 Generations Battle It Out In A Sound-Off

Loud And Proud – M3 Generations Battle It Out In A Sound-Off

Five generations of BMW – but which is best? There’s only one way to find out…

YouTuber BerlinTomek gathered together five generations of BMW M3 for no better reason than to have them rev off to see which made the best noise. And do some rolling burnouts, of course.

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It’s not exactly comparing like with like though. The first three generations of M3 – the E30, E36 and E46 – all used naturally aspirated straight six engines for a fairly characteristic M3 sound, but things changed in the Noughties when the E90 M3 used a 4-litre V8 to keep up with the power race in the German saloon cars.

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The modern M3, also represented here, moved back to the straight six format but acquired a couple of turbochargers to meet both power and emissions requirements.

You can listen to all five cars in the video below and decide for yourself which is the best sounding…

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… though obviously it’s the V8.

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