In 2014, BMW decided it would be appropriate to celebrate three decades of M5s with a special edition featuring as standard just about all of the performance upgrades available. This year, the Bavarians are blowing the 30th candle on the M3’s birthday cake with a limited-run model in the same vein as its bigger brother. It was announced at the end of May and now BMW is revealing 150 units (out of a total of 500 cars) are being earmarked for the U.S. of A.
Based on the M3 fitted with the Competition Package, the “30 Jahre M3” wears a Macao Blue metallic finish from the BMW Individual catalog. The choice of paint is not random as it represents a nod to the first-gen Sport Evo M3 which was the first model to receive the hue. Being fitted with the Competition Package as standard, it means all cars will ride on 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 R20 front and 285/30 R20 rear performance tires.
Buyers will also get to enjoy the adaptive M suspension which has been tweaked to match the increased output of the biturbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine which has an extra 19 horsepower (14 kilowatts) for a grand total of 444 hp (331 kW). Specifically for the ’30 Jahre M5,’ BMW has upgrades the springs, dampers, and stabilizers, while the adaptive suspension’s Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes have all been further optimized. On top of that, the standard active M differential and the dynamic stability control system have both been revised.
You can have it with either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or with an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The manual-equipped model will run to 60 mph (96 kph) in four seconds whereas the DCT-fitted model will complete the task in only 3.8 seconds.
Besides the special paint and mechanical upgrades, BMW has also fiddled with the interior which comes in bi-color Black/Fjord full Merino leather also from the Individual catalog, just like the high-gloss Shadow Line. As a final touch, on the passenger side there will be an individually-numbered ’30 Jahre M3’ badge on the dashboard to denote it’s not a run-of-the-mill M3.
BMW of North America is asking $83,250 for the manual version and $86,150 if you want the DCT, with both prices excluding destination and handling fees.
Gallery: BMW M3 30 Years M3 Edition
2017 BMW “30 Jahre M3” Limited Edition.
With the launch of the first generation of the BMW M3 in 1986, the BMW M GmbH, operating under the name BMW Motorsport GmbH at that time, revolutionized the sports car as it was built first and foremost for performance. The original M3 was developed as a homologation special to enter the World, European and German Touring Championship (DTM) racing. It was very successful in its time and is still considered as one of the purest high performance street legal sports coupes. To mark the 30th anniversary of this automotive icon, 500 “30 Jahre M3” (30 Years M3) special editions will be produced, of which 150 units will reach U.S. shores. The limited edition is available with a manual transmission for $83,250 plus Destination and Handling or with Dual-Clutch transmission for $86,150 plus Destination and Handling.
A legendary color Macao Blue metallic for an exclusive model. As a tribute to the first generation of the BMW M3, the anniversary edition “30 Jahre M3” is built in the exclusive BMW Individual exterior color Macao Blue metallic, which once celebrated its premiere in Europe as an option for the last and most powerful version of the first generation of the Sport Evo BMW M3. Combining the uncompromising driving dynamics of the Competition Package with unique exclusivity of stylish details from BMW Individual, the limited edition also features BMW Individual Full Merino Leather in bi-color Black/Fjord Blue with color-matching contrast seams. BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line with enhanced features such as the kidney frame, rear M3 designation and Sports exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes highlight the model’s sporty but elegant stance on the road.
“30 Jahre M3 1/500” badging.
Highlighting the unique and limited production, special “30 Jahre M3” logos embellish the interior. Exclusively designed M gills bear the logo as well as the doorsill finishers, interior trim finishers in carbon fiber with Black Chrome accents and the embroidered front headrests. Additionally, M sports seats with woven-in BMW M stripes enhance the sporty interior ambience.
Performance meets power.
The Limited Edition comprises an increase in engine output by 19 hp to 444 hp and 406 lb-ft. Also included in the Competition Package is the Adaptive M suspension, which has been comprehensively aligned to the increased performance. Optimized features also include new springs, dampers and stabilizers, modified characteristic curves of the three modes Comfort, Sport and Sport+ as well as a correspondingly modified standard Active M differential on the rear axle and new Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) feature settings.
Moreover, the Competition Package of this special edition model includes 20-inch forged Light Alloy wheels with 666 M star spoke design and mixed Performance Tires (front: 265/30 R20, rear: 285/30 R20).
All of these measures lead to a noticeable increase in performance. The BMW M3 “30 Jahre M3” with optional 7-speed M double clutch transmission sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and 4.0 seconds with manual transmission.
U.S. market models only.
All 150 U.S. models will be equipped with the Driver Assistance Plus Package which includes safety features such as Active Blind Spot Detection, Active Driving Assistance, Side and Top View Cameras and Speed Limit Information. Additional equipment includes the Executive Package, which includes Head-up Display and provides additional comfort with the Heated Steering Wheel, Rear View Camera, Heated Rear Seats, Park Distance Control, Wireless Charging. Also included are Adaptive Full LED lights and Automatic High beams.
The BMW “30 Jahre M3” Limited Special Edition “will be available at selected dealers beginning in August, 2016.