Even though the 2018 BMW M3 is a premium sport sedan endowed with 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque from a gorgeous turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, some buyers seeking M3-style thrills and power may not need four doors. After all, most of us could be happy with a glorious amount of horsepower and handling ability in a compact car — and let any concerns over passenger or luggage space evaporate in our wake. Therefore, there are 10 BMW M3 competitors if we widen the net to include alternatives.
It should also be said that the M3 is an automotive icon, a benchmark, and one of the most desirable enthusiast cars there’s ever been. These contenders have a similar appeal.