Yeah well the E36 M3 1st and second gen, and E46 M3’s were nice.
The first gen E36 had a 3.0 straight 6 with 285HP 5 speed manual.
The second gen E36 had a 3.2 straight 6 with 321hp 6 speed manual.
And the E46 had a 3.2 striaght 6 with 342HP.
Those were the fun cars all atmosferic no turbo’s.
But indeed the BMW 320´s, 323i´s arent really that great.
A 2.0 liter 4 cilinder like a SR20DE from Nissan in a primera pulls better, and revs higher.