A new BMW M3 will arrive in 2014, but what should it be like? Steve Sutcliffe puts three of its predecessors through their paces at Brands Hatch to find the perfect ingredients. If the best of the E30, E46, and E92 M3s was to be blended together the F80 would be one of the best cars ever built.

According to our own sources the next generation M3 will be similar to the CRT in weight with a menacing demeanor that may require much more driver skill than the current model.