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Auto Express drives the best BMW M cars

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In case you haven’t heard, this year marks the 50th anniversary of BMW’s M division. To celebrate, BMW has released special edition cars, such as the M4 CSL, and showcased some of its old classics. But if you really want to celebrate the M Division and its five decades of beautiful cars, watch this video from Auto Express.

Steve Sutcliffe drives several of the M Division’s best cars in this new video. Cars like the original BMW M1, the E30 M3, the E39 M5, E92 M3 GTS and G80 M3, with a few more for good measure. More importantly, he drives them all in chronological order so you can get a sense of how BMW M has evolved over the years and how different each generation of M cars felt. What’s interesting is that not all of them feel like real M cars and you can see the weak spots in history.

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However, you also get to see the bright spots and when BMW M did well, it really got them Turn right† You can tell from the look on Sutcliffe’s face and the dazzling look of his lines which cars really felt special on the track at Llandow Circuit. While most seemed like a lot of fun, only a few really made him laugh, including the E30 M3, of course.

There were also some surprisingly good ones. For example, he seemed to really like the E92 M3 GTS and, judging by his superlatives and huge grin, I’d say it was the car he had the most fun in, even more so than the classics.

Finally, Sutcliffe drove the G80 BMW M3, the latest and most controversial M car in its 50-year history. What does he think of the new things and is the BMW M still heading in the right direction? Watch this video to find out.