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BMW M3 Competition

Stepping from a powerful electric Audi e-tron GT to another powerful car with an old-school internal combustion engine with more horses under the hood than the Queen of England was a fortnight in heaven for me.

BMW obviously still sees a future for high-performance petrol cars, and the premium brand has just rolled the new M3 and M4 Competition off its production lines.

If you think the Audi e-tron GT was a head-turner, just take a look at the beast pictured above and you will see why I was actually glad to hand back the keys after having it parked in my driveway every night for a week.

The M Division in BMW creates the ultimate driving experience when it comes to road and track cars - and the M3 Competition is just phenomenal.

Now in its sixth generation, the M3 comes with four doors and five seats, as opposed to the three doors and four seats found in the M4.

On the outside, both models have been treated to that massive kidney grille that has been the subject of many debates among motor journalists and car fans alike.

Love it or loathe it, the monster grilles certainly give both models a fascinating new look and you definitely won't need to go to Specsavers to tell it's a BMW from a mile off.

On the inside, BMW's latest interior design language introduced in the new 3 Series and new 4 Series Coupé has been taken to its sporting extreme in these two high-performance models.

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From the moment you step inside you are greeted by carbon fibre from every angle - even the seats and gear shift paddles have been treated to it.

Elsewhere, signature M details include red accents for the M buttons on the M leather steering wheel and the start/stop button on the centre console.

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The selector lever is leather-surfaced with an embedded M logo and all stitching is in M colours - just in case you were in any doubt that you were in an M3.

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On the road, the new M3 Competition was just unbelievable to drive.

Under the bonnet of the new M3 Competition lies a 510bhp high-revving straight-six engine with M TwinPower Turbo tech, which teams up with an eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox.

All the power goes to the rear wheels (there is an xDrive version) which, to say the least, can be frightening if you plant your right foot too quickly.

With all that power on tap, the car can be very tail-happy at times.

It can hurtle you from 0-100km/h in under four seconds, on its way to a top speed of 290km/h - if you fancy six months in prison.

All that power and comfort comes at a price though that most of us will never be able to afford.

I remember being on the launch of the fifth-generation model and thinking it was expensive at €100k at the time.

There's been a big price hike since then - the new M3 Competition starts at a whopping €125,825, while the M4 Competition will set you back €128,075.

These are unbelievable high-performance cars - if you can afford one.

Robbie Farrell

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