With the launch of the first generation of the BMW M3 in 1986, the BMW M GmbH, at that time operating under the name BMW Motorsport GmbH, revolutionized the sporty mid-range segment.
While the first two anniversaries went off with internal back pats and a pair of one-off concept cars, the M division has gone insane and launched a road-ready M3 30 Jahre limited edition. As such, the 3.0 litre twin-turbo straight-six makes a still-healthy 450 hp (19 hp more a standard F80) and 550 Nm of torque, paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M DCT.
The cockpit includes lightweight, skeletal design sports seats, leather upholstery and black/blue stitching in the trim.
The “30 Jahre M3” edition also features some high-standard gizmos like – harman/kardon surround-sound system with a total of 16 speakers.
Following in the footsteps of the M5 30 Jahre (super-saloon group test victor in evo 208), the M3 gets a selection of distinctive visual additions, as well as BMW’s Competition Package.
Just 30 examples of the auto are being made available for the United Kingdom, each costing £82,675, and they come with the same 444bhp as the Competition Package M3, which means 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds, Adaptive M suspension with new springs, dampers and stabilisers and modified modes for the COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+, Active M Diff and DSC.
The vehicle will sport “30 Jahre M3” badging (which translate to “30 Years M3”) on the front door sills and the front headrests.
On the outside, the 30 edition gets unique 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 front and 285/30 performance tyres. Completing the high performance image are alcantara finishes for the steering wheel and gear selector. Carbon fibre covered the mirror caps, front splitter, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.
There’s also a black finish to the exhaust nacelles and the “frozen silver” paint job has an appropriate hue for the M3’s pearl anniversary. Plus, there’s a massive amount of kit you’d normally have to pay extra for – adaptive LED headlights, a fancy stereo and much besides.