2017 BMW “30 Years M3” Special Bows

By Bob Nagy on May 31, 2016 2:00 PM

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fabled BMW M3, the automaker has commissioned a limited run of 500 cars which will go on sale globally later this summer. Built by BMW M, each of these unique “30 Years M3” sedans will be based on an M3 fitted with a bespoke version of the Competition Package and finished in an exclusive Macao Blue Metallic, a color first offered as an option on the original M3 that launched in 1986. However, models sold in Britain will be painted Frozen Silver Metallic.

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Beyond its unique paint, exterior tweaks to this distinctive BMW anniversary model include High Gloss Shadow Line trim and 20-inch M light alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 front and 285/30 rear rubber as well as black chrome exhaust tips and exclusive “30 Years M3” badging on the front fenders – rendered there as elsewhere in German “30 Jahre M3 form. The interior carries a similar array of sporting upgrades starting with M Sport skeletal-design seats wrapped in full Merino leather in Black/Fjord Blue or Black/Silverstone with contrast stitching and logo-embroidered headrests. Other unique touches include carbon fiber trim, logo inlays on the door sills and a serialized number plate on the dash.

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Mechanically, the 30 Years M3 packs the more-potent Competition Package version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 that makes 444 horsepower in place of the 425 pony count in the standard M3. It can be backed by a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed M-spec dual-clutch automatic, and either combination will take the 30 Years M3 from 0-62 mph a tenth of a second more quickly than the base M3’s 4.1 seconds. The anniversary cars also come with the Competition Package chassis upgrades that bring a multi-mode sport suspension, upgraded Active M rear differential and custom programming for the Dynamic Stability Control system. BMW says 150 of these trick 2017 BMW 30 Years M3 models have now started heading to U.S. showrooms with manual-equipped versions opening at $84,245 and dual-clutch cars commencing at $87,145. 

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