BMW is celebrating the introduction of the M3 30 years ago with the BMW M3 30 Jahre (30 years) Edition, limited to a run of 500 cars worldwide.
Based on the M3 with Competition Package, the M3 30 Jahre Edition wrings 19 more horses out of the 3.0-litre twin turbo inline-6 engine, taking power output up to 450 hp, while generating 405 lb-ft of torque.
Using a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, zero to 100 km/h takes just four seconds and fuel consumption is kept to a reasonable 8.3 litres per 100 km, combined. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (as are all factory BMWs)
And classic M3 handling is provided by the Adaptive M suspension, which has been comprehensively optimized with new springs, dampers and stabilizers. The characteristics of the driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport ) have been remapped, and the Active M rear differential and Dynamic Stability Control have also been modified. It rides on 20-inch forged light alloy M wheels, shod with 265/30 tires in the front and 285/30s in the rear).
Originally, BMW was going to paint all 500 cars Macau Blue but has decided the allotment for the UK will be Frozen Silver metallic, which leads us to believe the cars for North America may come in a couple choices (which have not yet been announced). Accents with both colours are black chrome, with some carbon fibre pieces (such as the front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and mirror caps).
The gills behind the front wheels, which usually feature the M logo, feature the “M3 30 Jahre” logo (which mirrored on the door sills).
The M sport seats are also specific to the limited edition, with a combination of black and Fjord Blue. Stitching on the seatbelts mimic the M stripes (red and blue), as do those on the steering wheels, while the seats and trim around the centre console feature blue stitching on black leather.
The instrument panel features a carbon fibre trim piece with the M3 30 Jahre logo as well as the sequential number of the car in relation to the total production run. The logo is also stitched into the front seat head-restraints.
Other standards include a 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system, head up display, parking assist, carbon ceramic brakes and adaptive LED headlights, among others. The premium in Germany, over the regular M3 Competition Pack, is €10,000 (about $14,500 Canadian).
The first M3 was unveiled at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show and went on sale in 1986. The 30 Anniversary edition is due in summer 2016.