I have always been a supporter of the BMW Individual Color Programme. Sure, the individual colors cost a bit more than the standard paint, but I’ve always felt it was worth the money. It not only improves the ownership experience but also slightly increases the resale value. Plus, if you’re going to get a special car, get a special color. One such individual colour, which cuts through the sea of non-fictional M monochrome cars, is Verde Mantis and helps breathe new life into the M3 design.
This might be shocking to hear, but I’m not a huge fan of the new M3 design. I know I know, I’m coming out of nowhere with this news And I apologize. As shocking as the news may be, it’s still true, the funky M3’s design a bit ahead of the curve for me and the countless other enthusiasts who openly shared their distaste for it on social media. However, installing the M3 in a really cool colour, like the vibrant Verde Mantis, does wonders for the car’s styling.
Verde Mantis is a great color for a BMW M3 because it looks like something that belongs in a Lamborghini Huracan, not a BMW 3 Series four-door. So it not only adds a lot of visual pop but it adds a layer of contrast to the M3’s design and I like a little bit of contrast. M3 is purchased over M4 usually due to the need for additional practicality. So giving it a bit of visual spice makes up for its practical design.
It’s also just a nice color that works really well with the contrast between the black and the carbon fiber. During my week with the Verde Mantis M3, I often found myself staring at the car, just to admire the color. To be clear, I have never stared at my current M3 in admiration. Ever.
Though, I hope my test car’s color isn’t lost in the standard version of the car. I may be among a large minority of enthusiasts but I feel the manual M3 is a drastic step up to the driver’s enjoyment of the M3 automatic competition only. It might seem odd for enthusiasts to opt for the automatic version over the manual, but I would choose the M3 Competition over the manual car every day of the week and twice on race day.
My contempt for the M3 manual is twofold. For starters, it’s just a bad manual transmission that’s more annoying to use than anything else. The clutch is infuriating at times, with the bottom third of the pedal feeling completely dead, then plenty of spring action in the middle, and another dead point on the top. It’s a lot of work to be constantly smooth with him and he’s exhausting. I’m not alone either, as other of our colleagues complained about the same problem. Also, the transformation procedure is rubbery and ambiguous. This poor manual quality is incredibly complicating, considering you can get excellent brochures in cars under $30,000, such as the Honda Civic Si and Toyota GR86. If only BMW found it worth investing in its manual.
The other reason is that the evidence is worse is the engine. On paper, its base model with 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque seems sufficient. However, with the manual gearbox, it feels neutral compared to the M3 Competition’s 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. In a normal car, the fun doesn’t really start until you get close to 4000 rpm and below that it feels almost flawless. It’s less fun to use than the brutally fast and almost violent M3 competition.
None of that had anything to do with the color which was excellent. During my week with her, I received many admirations, praises, and intrigues from strangers. When did you test the M3 manual in Alpine White? Not a peep from anyone. Good colors are good for the soul. If you’re going to get an M3, get a single color like Verde Mantis.
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