In addition to celebrating their first centennial, BMW is also celebrating 30 years of one of their most iconic, if not the most iconic models, ever produced: the BMW M3.
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The M3 was first launched in 1986 as a homologation requirement for World, European, and German touring car racing, as well as BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16v. The BMW M3 has since maintained a legacy as being the Ultimate Driving Machine and the end-all-be-all for everyday high-performance luxury coupes.
To celebrate this legacy spanning three decades, BMW is introducing a limited-edition model for 2017, the 30 Jahre M3, or “30 Years M3” special edition.
The car starts life as a standard 2017 BMW M3 , and it then gets a wide array of treatments bespoke to the “30 Jahre M3” edition. This includes a special Macao Blue metallic exterior and a Full Merino Leather in Black and Fjord Blue, both compliments of BMW Individual. There’s also lots of “30 Jahre M3” badging, including a numbered badge designating the build number, as only 500 units will be sold worldwide.
On top of the visual appointments, BMW M adds a slight power boost, upping the horsepower by 19 to 444hp (torque remains the same at 406 lb-ft). The Competition Package is also standard, complete with the Adaptive M suspension and optimized driver selector modes for all of the standard computer-controlled parameters of the car.
Only 500 cars will be built, with 150 of those destined for the U.S.
Pricing starts at $83,250 for the manual transmission-equipped version, and $86,150 if you want BMW M’s dual-clutch box.
– By: Sujeet Patel