Gents, the news for the M3 drivers is not good. I have had my F for a few weeks now, and picked up an M3.. He was crawling up my pipes, but maybe I still caught him napping. I opened 50 m on him before he even appeared to respond, and although I did not leave him for dead, he never caught me. When the F runs into its torque band, admittedly that happens at high revs, there is no standard BMW that will catch it. Bear in mind, the M3 is a significant car, with significant technology, at 4 litres, rather than 5, making only 2kW less than the F. I am not knocking the BM, but in RSA it is R150 000 (15 000 pounds) more expensive than the F, and has no exras, whereas the F has a full house of extras. The Lexus gives far better value for money.