The 2017 BMW M3 “30 Jahre M3” marks the 30th anniversary of the famed model

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


Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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