BMW Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Limited 444HP M3 ‘30 Years M3’

30 years ago BMW gave us the original E30 M3 and today the company pays tribute to it with a special limited edition, tuned to produce 444hp.

This exclusive version of the M3 builds on the Competition package models, bringing a 19hp upgrade for the twin-turbo straight six for a total of 444hp (450PS) and the optimized adaptive M suspension with new springs, dampers and stabilizers.

The whole car is basically an M3 Competition dressed in special clothes. The exterior is painted in the exclusive Macao Blue metallic, which back in the day was a special option for the original E30 M3.

Other exclusive features of this new special edition are the exclusively designed M gills on the front wings which bear the logo ’30 Years M3’. The cabin now hosts a black-blue full Merino leather interior, special badging on the sills and a numbered plaque on a carbon trim strip. Also the seat-belts have woven-in BMW M strips. Customers will be able to opt for a black-Silverstone leather option with contrast stitching as an option.

Production of the new BMW M3 ’30 Years M3’ will be limited to 500 units globally and will be offered both in manual and DCT versions. The company reckons that when fitted with the DCT gearbox, the latest version of the M3 is capable of running a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in four seconds flat.

As for the pricing, the celebratory M3 will ask for 10,000 euros ($11k in current exchange rates) more than a standard M3 Competition in Germany, with the first cars scheduled to hit the market in the summer.