BMW Celebrates Oktoberfest 2015 with a Historic M3
The days may be getting shorter, but the celebration is only heating up in Munich, Germany, for the annual Oktoberfest, which begins Saturday September 19. Not one to be left out of the party, BMW is celebrating the event with the debut of this one-off M3, painted by artist Walter Maurer. The eye-catching "Münchner Wirte" livery features depictions of Munich landmarks, such as the Olympic Stadium and Frauenkirche church, and pays homage to Maurer’s previous Münchner Wirte design, which he hand painted atop a 1981 BMW M1 Procar 34 years ago. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 2015 BMW M3 Münchner Wirte
"Although the two cars are very different, it was surprisingly straightforward to carry over the design from the two-door BMW M1 racer to the four-door BMW M3 Sedan,” noted Maurer.
The one-make BMW Procar series ran concurrently with the European stops on the 1979 and 1980 Formula 1 season, and featured some of the greatest drivers of the era behind the wheel of BMW M1 race cars. After its short two-year run, the M1 race cars saw use at endurance events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In fact, the original Münchner Wirte BMW M1 lined up at the Le Mans start in 1981 where it was helmed by Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Christian Danner and Peter Oberndorfer. Unfortunately, it failed to finish the grueling 24-hour race, retiring after lap 49.
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Though both speedy BMW M cars feature straight-six engines of the same family line, the original M1 Münchner Wirte's 3.5-liter six-cylinder unloaded a triumphant 470 horsepower in racing trim, unlocking top speeds of near 193 mph. By comparison, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter unit in the current BMW M3 summons a potent 431 horsepower.
Visiting Oktoberfest this year? The 2015 BMW M3 Münchner Wirte will be on display at the BMW Welt customer experience center during the Oktoberfest celebrations.
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