The new M2 CS is one of the best cars to come from BMW’s performance division in quite some time, so in our latest issue John Barker put it up against two of its iconic predecessors – the E30 M3 and E46 M3 CSL. This week’s gallery dives into some of the shots from that fantastic feature, and a few you didn’t, but to read the full story, pick up your copy of evo issue 279.
The first-generation M3 is like few other performance machines today, with comparatively miniscule dimensions and a direct link to its touring car cousins on the race track. Under the bonnet was not a six-cylinder, but instead a 212bhp 2.3-litre four-cylinder derived from it’s racing heritage.
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Next along is the E46 M3 CSL, a model that became iconic almost before the first key had turned. Building upon the standard E46’s brutish styling, the CSL’s carbonfibre styling elements, those concave magnesium wheels, a ducktail spoiler and single-port intake up front made it one of the most dramatic performance cars of the 2003 model year.
The 2020 M2 CS, by comparison, has considerably more power than both; its 3-litre S55 twin-turbocharged six is good for an output of 444bhp and 400lb ft of torque, up 127lb ft over the CSL. Straight line performance is undoubtedly more impressive then, but with a 1550kg kerb weight has it fallen foul of the excesses associated with modern performance cars?
John Barker’s words in our current issue delivers our verdict, so make sure to grab your copy now! If you’ve been unable to make it to the shops, single issues are available for purchase via magsdirect.co.uk, or subscribe here.
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.