The 1987 BMW M3 is essentially the second-generation of the BMW 3-series two-door. Most of the car was developed by Munich’s Competition Division, BMW Motorsport, hence the “M” in M3, M5, and M6, as well as the new 1M, M235i, and M4. A champion on both the track and on the road, the 1987 BMW M3 is revered to this day like only a few other M cars are.


This M3 is easily distinguishable from ordinary 3-Series by a large deck lid spoiler, different rocker panels, and a new front air dam, all molded out of plastic in order to reduce weight. Newly designed mirrors and a bonded windshield paired with the spoiler greatly improve the down force for better racetrack aerodynamics. Flared wheel arches were introduced on the M3 in order to accommodate wider and taller wheels. The only exterior body panels the standard 3-Series models share with the BMW M3 are the hood, sunroof, and roof panel.


Sitting in the driver’s seat, you will notice that leather is almost everywhere, on all pieces of the interior, such as the adjustable front seats and rear seats and the door panels. A three-spoke sport steering wheel fits perfectly in the hand and is also wrapped in leather. The onboard trip computer and premium AM/FM stereo and cassette player help to make a journey more comfortable and enjoyable.


Paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, the 2.3-liter DOHC Inline-4 engine produces 192 horsepower and 171 ft-lb of torque. All that power in a lightweight chassis means this BMW M3 can reach 60 mph from a stop in 7 seconds depending on the driver’s shifting capabilities and can accelerate up to 141 mph.


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