BMW is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 3-Series, which was first launched in 1975

BMW is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 3-Series, which was first launched in 1975.

The first generation of the model was unveiled at the 1975 International Motor Show in Frankfurt and the model has since developed into both “the brand’s most successful model range and an international bestseller”. The German company says the car is a “highly effective global ambassador for BMW’s core attributes”.

BMW also highlights the fact that in 1977 the 3-Series became the first vehicle in its class to be offered with a 6-cylinder engine. In the next generations the series received “revolutionary” injection and engine management systems, “ultra-sporty diesel engines” and weight minimization through the use of aluminum and magnesium. In 1985 the 3-Series became the brand’s first series-produced car to channel its power to the road through all four wheels. 

Today, the 3-Series is available with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines. The range-topping M3 version comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine, delivering 431 PS (317 kW) and 550Nm (406 lb-ft) of peak torque.

The first M3, the E30 M3, has a 2.3-liter engine with 195 PS (143 kW) or 215 PS (158 kW). The limited-run Sport Evolution model features a larger 2.5-liter unit with 238 PS (175 kW).


More information can be found at the press release section below.

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