BMW M3 Evolution

Based on the 1986 E30 3-Series, the first BMW M3 was introduced to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing. It was to compete with various models including the Mercedes-Benz W201 190E that was introduced in 1983. Production of the original E30 M3 ended in early 1992. Only 500 M3 Evolutions were produced.


The E30 M3 differed from the rest of the E30 line-up in many ways. The 1988 BMW M3, although using the same basic body shell as the standard E30, was equipped with 12 different and unique body panels for the purposes of improving aerodynamics, as well as flared wheel arches in the front and the rear in order to accommodate wider and taller wheels. The only exterior body panels that the standard 3-series and the BMW M3 share were the hood, sunroof, and roof panel. The E30 M3 also is equipped with special front and rear brake calipers and rotors, as well as a special brake master cylinder. Other changes include thinner rear and side window glass, a lighter boot lid, a deeper front spoiler and an additional rear spoiler.


There are many similarities between the interiors of the 3-series and the E30 M3, however there are also some noticeable differences. The first thing that one would notice when comparing the two is that the E30 M3 features nice, bolstered bucket seats in tartan-patterned silver fabric with Bison silver leather supports. The door cards echo the harmonious design of the 1988 BMW M3 and feature the M logo. A leather gearshift knob features 6-speeds and an M logo as well and Alcantara wraps the E-brake handle and steering wheel. Each vehicle has an aluminum disc with the individualized production number.


A 16-valve, inline-four cylinder engine produces 220 horsepower and 180 ft-lb of torque. Paired with a five-speed Getrag transmission, reaching 60 mph only takes 6.7 seconds and will propel the car all the way up to a an impressive 151 mph.


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BMW M3 Evolution