The history of BMW M3 can be traced back to mid 80’s. M3 is the race spec version for the BMW 3-Series. The model targeted for young people during economic booming in the Europe. Those who have an M3 can just drive it to the track and use it later on for daily driving.
In 1985, BMW are working hard to produce a car which are able to enter the world of touring cars. They had achieved it in 5 months and in August 1985, they have enter racing arena under Class A. Other than the BMW itself, other private racing team also used the M3 as their flagship and won several championships including driver’s title for the World Touring Car Championship in 1987.
M3 was developed by in-house engineers in BMW under Motorsport Division. The engine was originated from BMW M1. To faster the development and meet the regulation, they have shaved out the other 2 cylinders from the M1 which left the engine with 4 cylinders engine and it still produce a lot of power. For the European market, the M3 road car are producing 192 hp at 6900 rpm and can reach up its speed up to 235 km/h.
Although the M3 are sharing the same platform as the 3-Series, the coupe had received many different high performance components. The M division have upgrade the M3 with stiffer suspension, brakes, gearbox (The E30 received Getrag 5-speed) and more aerodynamics wide body. The tradition still continue for later models.
The last M3 coupe was the E92. BMW still produce the coupe M series under a new 4-Series segments and the M3 as 4 doors sedan. The new M4 has a wider body and more stiffer chassis. The M4 is said to open more possibilities for tuners.
The M3 coupe has come to its end and the last M3 E92 was in orange colour. The m3 was named as “5 Greatest Drivers Cars of All Time” by Automobile Magazine back in 2007
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