Originally born out of BMW’s Motorsports division in 1985, the BMW M3 was designed as a homologation of Group A Touring Car racing. Based on the production 3-series coupe, the M3 originally featured thinner side and rear window glass, as well as a lighter trunk lid. It also had wider wheel and tires, a deeper front spoiler and additional rear spoiler, and an increased power rating of 192 hp.
Since then, the M3 was available in coupe and convertible versions until 2013. In 2013, the M3 coupe was discontinued, but passed its DNA on to the M4 coupe. The M3 name was not lost though, as it has been carried on in the sedan form that was originally available in 1995 ‘s E36 generation.
Over time, the M3 carried many of its original characteristics as a compact sports car and comfortable daily driver. As time passed, the M3 became more technology-laden and somewhat bulkier, and as some BMW purists may argue, less pure in spirit than the E30.
By the time 2000 and the M3 E46 rolled off the production line, BMW’s E30 represented a bygone era. The 3.2-liter inline six now produced 338 hp, more than any other BMW engine of rod-going origin. With an aggressive facelift and the increased use of carbon fiber, this new M3 on the block drew crowds.
In 2007, the E90 series of M3 rolled out, breaking all Bavarian 3-series tradition with its use of a 414 hp 4.0-liter V8. This new generation featured a carbon fiber roof, interior panels, and, in the sedan version, the aggressively sculpted front end of the coupe. With the arrival of 2014, the F80, or new sedan version of the M3, took over as the coupe and convertible disappeared.
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