The E9x M3 is ridiculously fast. All of the current BMWs are. Chew on this: the X6M laps the Ring faster than an E46 M3, carrying 2000 more lbs. In that respect, BMW has not lost their mojo, but in terms of balance of attributes and their market, they've moved away from where enthusiasts would like them to be. Too bad we don't usually buy their most expensive cars, or even a significant fraction of their cars. That's exactly it, though. Current BMWs are certainly faster than previous ones, despite the added weight. Power has gone through the roof, drivetrain and suspension technology has gotten more sophisticated, and double-clutch transmissions knock several tenths off of 0-60 times. However, the balance is not the same as before.