For Matthias Unger, the season when the leaves of the forests change from a rich yellow to a bright red has a very special charm. He utilises the last rays of the sun by grabbing his amazingly simple M logo-bearing ignition key and heads to his garage. Awaiting him here is a very special automobile. Matthias Unger's BMW M3 Sport Evolution from 1990 is to this day an irreplaceable piece of motorsport history with road approval. We accompanied him on a drive and were able to experience what it means to take to the road with an almost three-decades-old sports car.
GLOSS BLACK RARITY.
Even in the stale morning light that penetrates through the Plexiglas windows of the roller shutter, it becomes clear that everything in this room revolves around BMW and motorsport. Stacks of tyres here, spare parts there – a white race track-ready E30 resting on a lift platform. Immediately you think you’re in a pit lane rather than in Unger’s garage. We go a bit further inside and already recognise this car by its iconic design, which for many collectors and car fans, represents something of a ‘Holy Grail’ in the history of BMW M. Varnished in Gloss Black paint, with contrasting red stripes and 16-inch spoke rims; with the BMW M3 Sport Evolution, Unger is well-aware of the kind of treasure he protects here. The top model of the series was not simply the ‘final stage’ of the first BMW M3 when it launched on the market almost 30 years ago. Offering more displacement, an even tighter chassis and many lightweight components, the Sport Evolution advanced into areas of driving dynamics that were practically unheard of in this class at the beginning of the 1990s.