Harder, better, stronger, faster is the way of the whole automotive industry, at least when the performance market is concerned. If the F80 weren't faster than all its predecessors, people would be shocked. But the gap isn't as razor-thin as in the case of other cars. No, this CS model bullies its ancestors into submission.
The CS is limited to 1,500 units globally with prices starting at £86,630 in the UK, which makes it about £25,000 more expensive than the M3 Competition.
The one that was supposed to be with a chance of winning is the E92 M3 GTS, otherwise known as the big orange one with the wing. The model has had its V8 engine bored out from a 4.0- to a 4.4-liter, boosting power to 450. There's only about 50 of them in right-hand-drive.
So what about the old timers? Will, it's hard not to fall in love with them, even though they lost the race. The oldest is an E30 M3 of the Roberto Ravaglia variety. A couple of dozen of them made it to Britain, packing 215 horsepower 2.3-liter engines.
Next up, we have an E46 M3 CSL from about fifteen years ago. Like the modern M3, it's got an inline-6 engine, but the 3.2-liter is not turbocharged and thus makes 365 horsepower. And being a CSL, it's about 100 kg lighter than standard plus rarer as well.