Review: 2016 F80 BMW M3 6-Speed — Building Upon Brilliance

The old adage that BMWs are the kings of the road has always been a true statement. They’re designed to tick off the miles on long stretches of highway, cruising comfortably and confidently at a high rate of speed, and have the ability to pass and overtake with ease. In addition, they eat up corners and form excellent foundations for racing. In terms of which model is the best representation of this, the M3 wins hands down. The latest, F80-generation M3 is one of the best. Everyone has their generational preferences, but when it comes to a performance 4-door all-rounder with modern amenities and technology, the F80 wins. Plus, it has the latest generation BMW S engine under the hood: the 425 horsepower, twin-turbo S55.

By Peter Nelson | March 06, 2020
WR TV: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V (6MT) Canyon Drive

Ever since GM sought to re-energize its luxury brand a decade or so ago, it has made it a cornerstone of their mission as a company to beat the Europeans at their own game – namely making fast, capable, and stealthy performance machines. Those marching orders continue with Cadillac’s ATS-V. It’s no easy task, however, with BMW’s new M3 sedan and M4 coupe becoming the new standard bearer and the Mercedes-AMG C63 already winning praise around the world.

By Winding Road Staff | December 21, 2015
WR TV: 2016 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe (6MT)

When Jaguar launched its sleek new sports coupe a few years back, its mission was clear – to go toe to toe with the best of Europe and America, and that includes the industry’s high performance standard bearers like the Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette.

By Bradley Iger | November 09, 2015
WR TV: 2015 Audi A5 2.0T Coupe (6MT)

This week we’re at the helm of Audi’s answer to the BMW 4-Series, the A5. Unlike the top-spec RS5 we drove last year, this Audi coupe comes with a feature rarely found in modern Audis sold in the US – a manual gearbox.

By Winding Road Staff | June 22, 2015
List: Top Ten Transmissions Of 2011

Not only is a well-executed transmission important for a car to function properly, it is also one of the most important features in terms of engaging the driver. The way a car shifts determines how power is applied, and it also provides a driver with the sort of feedback we look for in an involving vehicle.

By Corey Rueth | December 27, 2011
Ask It: 2010 Audi S4 6MT

We’ll have The Audi S4 for about a week, so shoot us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

By John Beltz Snyder | February 22, 2010


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