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CLASS PIONEER AND ETERNAL BENCHMARK.CLASS PIONEER AND ETERNAL BENCHMARK.

CLASS PIONEER AND ETERNAL BENCHMARK.

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The BMW M3 E30.

Compact, powerful, sporty and extremely successful on the racetrack: the incredible story of the first BMW M3.

20 August 2020

Developed directly from motorsport, the BMW M3 of 1986 was the first of its kind. When the car was presented at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1985, it was a sensation. And with its numerous championship victories in touring car racing, the BMW M3 quickly became one of the most iconic vehicles in the BMW M line-up. It's time to turn the spotlight on the fascinating history of this legendary series, starting where it all began with the BMW M3 E30.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

  • The first BMW M3
  • Production period: 1986 to 1991
  • In-line 4-cylinder engine with high-speed concept
  • Max. output: 200-238 hp
  • Street version of the most successful DTM racing car of all time

A MOTORSPORT STORY.

Rear of the BMW M3 E30.Rear of the BMW M3 E30.

FOR ROAD AND TRACK.

200 hp200 hp

200 hp

200 hp. The power output of the first BMW M3 engine - no need for six cylinders or a turbocharger

BMW M POWER.

6,15 Kg/hp

The power-to-weight ratio of the first BMW M3, impressive at the time, still ensures a lot of driving fun today.

LIGHT AND FAST.

INSIDE BMW GROUP CLASSIC – THE BMW M3 E30.INSIDE BMW GROUP CLASSIC – THE BMW M3 E30.

INSIDE BMW GROUP CLASSIC – THE BMW M3 E30.

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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION.

PROVEN ON THE NÜRBURGRING.

THE EVOLUTION OF THE BMW M3.

Only 600

models of the BMW M3 Sport Evolution were made – making the most powerful series E30 of all time one of the rarest and therefore most coveted classic cars.
ON THE ROAD. 1990 BMW E30 M3 SPORT EVOLUTION.ON THE ROAD. 1990 BMW E30 M3 SPORT EVOLUTION.

ON THE ROAD. 1990 BMW E30 M3 SPORT EVOLUTION.

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SPECIAL MODELS AS THE CROWNING GLORY.

BMW M3 E30 special model.BMW M3 E30 special model.
The BMW M3 Europameister from 1988

THE M3 RACED FROM VICTORY TO VICTORY.

UP TO 360 HP IN RACING TRIM.

THE BMW M3 E30 CECOTTO.THE BMW M3 E30 CECOTTO.

THE BMW M3 E30 CECOTTO.

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THE BMW M3 AS AN ART CAR.

KEN DONE.

BMW M3 E30 Art Car made by Ken Done.BMW M3 E30 Art Car made by Ken Done.

In 1987, the M3 even became famous as a BMW Art Car: With its exotic colours and clear shapes, it is not only reminiscent of nature, sun and beaches, but also hints at next season’s beach fashion. A racing car that combines unrivalled dynamics with a pure Australian love for life. In 1987, the BMW M3 won the driving championships of the Australian Group A.

MICHAEL JAGAMARA.

BMW M3 E30 Art Car made by Michael Jagamara.BMW M3 E30 Art Car made by Michael Jagamara.

Seven days, 300 hp and the colours of the outback. This was the 1989 BMW M3 designed by Michael Jagamara Nelson. “The car is like a landscape as seen from the plane,” explained the artist with Aboriginal roots, and one of the leading contemporary representatives of Papunya art. He painted the black-finished high-performance sports car with abstract shapes that turn out to be emus and kangaroos on closer inspection. He adapted the ancient Aboriginal technique of capturing personal experience and religious myths in so-called “dreamings” – usually seen on rock and cave walls. This BMW M3 is an original from the Motorsport Department of BMW Australia – a true ethno-art work.

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MANY MODELS - ONE MYTH.

PRODUCTION MODELS OF THE BMW M3 E30:

  • 1986 BMW M3 (147 kW/200 hp)
  • 1987 BMW M3 (144 kW/195 hp)
  • 1987 BMW M3 with Evolution engine (159 kW/215 hp)
  • 1988 BMW M3 Convertible (144 kW/195 hp)
  • 1988 BMW M3 Europameister (144 kW/195 hp)
  • 1988 BMW M3 Evolution II (162 kW/220 hp)
  • 1989 BMW M3 Convertible (159 kW/215 hp)
  • 1989 M3 Cecotto & Ravaglia (159 kW/215 hp)
  • 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution (175 kW/238 hp)

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