As the BMW group turns 100 years old, it’s easy to forget other milestones in the company’s past, but of course the Germans aren’t as forgetful as we are.
This is why they turned up with the special edition 30 Years M3 – which as the name suggests, is here to pay homage to three decades of the M3 model. The limited run model has been developed starting from the M3 fitted with the Competition Package and has been tipped for a summer dealership release. The limited edition vehicle is only wearing the Macao Blue metallic paint, which made initial debut as an optional goodie on the first-generation M3. The 30 Years M3 also wears a high gloss shadow line trim, black chrome exhaust tips, “30 Years M3” badging, and 20-inch forged lightweight alloy wheels.
Inside the cockpit the designers and engineers fitted a pair of two-tone Merino leather sport seats with “30 Years M3” embroidery on the headrests and the future owners will also be greeted by the limited series sill plates, an individually numbered carbon fiber trim strip, and seatbelts with woven-in BMW M stripes. Production will be restricted to 500 units and each will them will be sold at a rather hefty €10,000 ($11,115) premium over the standard M3 fitted with the Competition Package.
Since the model uses the latter as standard, the power credentials come from the upgraded 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that churns out 450 horsepower and can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed M double clutch gearbox. The latter delivers the best performance credentials: the 62 mph sprint is handled in a flat four seconds.