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ICONIC – THEN AND NOW.ICONIC – THEN AND NOW.

ICONIC – THEN AND NOW.

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Racing car underneath, convertible up top: the BMW M3 E30 Convertible.

As the first M model with a convertible roof, the BMW M3 E30 Convertible is extremely rare and much sought-after.

2 July 2020

If there’s one model in the history of BMW M that is representative of all convertibles of the brand, it is the BMW M3 E30 Convertible. BMW M’s first mass-produced vehicle with a fabric roof, it embodies the symbiosis of high performance and luxurious convertible driving like no other car made in the 1980s. Today, this iteration of the M3 E30 is a rare and sought-after classic.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

First convertible in M history
Only 786 units built
Convertible with world champion DNA
0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds
195 to 215 hp peak power

MOTORSPORT AT ITS HEART.

FROM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACETRACKS TO THE OPEN ROAD.

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BMW M3 E30 Convertible in Macao Blue.

Like the two-door sedan, the M3 E30 Convertible is derived from motorsport, combining high performance and open-top decadence in a way that had never been seen before. After all, the M3 E30 was the only DTM homologation model that was also available in a convertible version. The first BMW M3 was as at home on a country road as it was on the racetrack – something that is still characteristic of all BMW M cars today. Only one feature was missing: the ability to feel fresh mountain air rushing over you whilst cruising through the Alpine passes. The Convertible brought both features together at its market launch in 1988.

M MOTION – THE ENGINE.

6,97 kg/hp6,97 kg/hp

6,97 kg/hp

6,97 kg/hp: At launch, the M3 E30 Convertible produced 195 hp yet weighed in at just 1360 kilograms. In 1988, this was an impressive power-to-weight ratio for four-seater convertibles, and it still guarantees incomparable driving pleasure today.

THE GEARBOX.

BMW M3 E30 Convertible InterieurBMW M3 E30 Convertible Interieur

Closely linked to motorsport: The gearshift dynamics of the BMW M3 E30 Convertible are another indicator of its proximity to motorsport. First gear is located on the lower left of its H gearstick, creating a performance advantage of having shorter shifting distances between second and fifth gear.

THE INTERIOR: DESIGNED FOR SPORTY DRIVING.

CONVERTIBLE ON TOP, RACING CAR UNDERNEATH.

EXTREMELY RARE, HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE.

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