See how four generations of the BMW M3 compare in a drag race


A battle for the ages

For hardcore BMW fans, the video below should be a straightforward example of evolution taking its course.

Carwow pitted four generations of the M3 on the drag strip to see which is quickest – there's the E30 Roberto Ravaglia limited edition, the E46 CSL, the E92 GTS, and the latest F80 CS.

We won't spoil the fun for you, but checking the facts and figures should give you an idea of the outcome. The oldest car there, the E30, has 215 hp, the E46 M3 CSL comes with 365 hp, and the V8 M3 E92 GTS has 450 hp, while the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six of the F80 M3 CS develops 460 hp.

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