With their big engines, engaging driving characteristics, and suave styling, BMWs of the mid-late 2000s marked the end of what longtime loyalists consider the make’s golden era. BMWs since have gained performance in spades at the cost of compromised character. And in recent years, styling has taken a dive too.
Many enthusiasts have bemoaned the BMW M3 and M4’s controversial new design direction. BMW’s latest M cars are more engaging to drive than ever before, but the ginormous kidney grilles that stretch down the entire front fascia are an eyesore.