150 are coming to the ‘States!
1986 saw the unveiling of the first BMW M3 that was originally developed as a homologation special for DTM and other forms of racing. It was the purest high-performance street-legal driver’s car available on the market and quickly became an icon that is still the gold-standard today. Thirty years later, BMW announced the “30 Jahre M3” special anniversary M3 that was limited to 500 total units around the globe – 150 of which are now coming to the United States.
The 150 “30 Jahre M3” models will be available in a unique Macao Blue metallic paint that was worn by the first-generation Sport Evo BMW M3. Other exclusive styling cues are worn throughout the exterior including the BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line on the front grille rear M3 badging, and black chrome tailpipes. Inside, the BMW Individual Merino Leather interior in Black and Fjord Blue is featured with “30 Jahre M3” logos throughout from the door sills to the embroidered headrests. New BMW M sport seats with woven striping, Black Chrome accents, and carbon fiber trim finishers are also standard.
Performance, just like it was 30 years ago, is the name of the game with the new anniversary model. The twin-turbocharged inline-six in the M3 gains 19 ponies for a total output of 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of torque. That power is controlled by the newly modified, standard Active M differential paired with a remapped Dynamic Stability Control system. The BMW Competition Package also comes standard and sharpens up handling with the Adaptive M suspension with new springs, dampers, and stabilizers along with reprogrammed software.
The added power also helps to cut down on acceleration times. The “30 Jahre M3” come standard with a manual transmission that allows them to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, flat. When equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the same sprint can be done in just 3.8 seconds.
Helping to achieve the grip necessary for that kind of acceleration are 20-inch forged wheels with the 666 M star spoke design with a Silver finish that stands out from the Macao Blue metallic paint. High-performance tires measuring 265/30 R20 up front and 285/30 R20 at the rear also come standard.
Only 150 examples of the “30 Jahre M3” will be coming to the United States at dealerships starting in August. Models with the manual transmission will start at $83,250 while dual-clutch cars will start at $86,150.
BMW “30 Jahre M3” Gallery