Ever since its launch, BMW M3 always acted as a role model for the sports sedans across the globe and made the BMW M-Series brand, a desirable name among the buyers. Launched 30 years ago, the BMW M3 sedan proved its mettle in every possible manner and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, BMW has launched a limited run BMW M3 30 Jahre Special Edition.
Build on the Competition Package available for the M3 sedan, the M3 30 Jahre edition pays tribute to the iconic car in the most fitting way. The Competition package increases the power output by 19 horses to produce massive 450 hp. Then there's an Adaptive M Suspension system, which has been comprehensively aligned to match the performance.
More mechanical settings include new springs, dampers and stabilizers among other optimized features. BMW M3 30 will come with three modes - Comfort, Sport and Sport + with modified characteristic curves along with corresponding modified standard Active M differential on the rear axle and Dynamic Stability Control feature (DSC).
A 7-speed M DCT gearbox ensures you can do 0-100 kmph sprint in under 4 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the production variant. But the changes on this car are not mere mechanical, but it surely looks good too. Case in point, a forged set of 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with 666 M star spoke design and mixed tyres (front: 265/30 R20, rear: 285/30 R20).
As far as bodywork is concerned, the special-edition M3 gets the BMW Individual treatment and comes laced in the BMW Individual Frozen Silver metallic paint. The color not only accentuates the muscular forms of the BMW M3, it also highlights the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line. The shadow line comes with enhanced features like black chrome tailpipe trim for the M sports exhaust system as well as a variety of carbon fibre additions.
Extensive use of carbon fibre can be seen on the front splitter and trims, mirror caps, rear diffuser and the rear spoiler. The special edition model gets the exclusive M gills in the front wings bearing the logo “M3 30 Jahre”. Limited only to 30 units and to be sold only in the U.K, the Jahre edition is one exquisite piece of art.
The interiors go well the exteriors as well and comes with the BMW M sports seats with a skeletal design. A lot of efforts have gone into detailing and can be seen in the seatbelt which comes woven-in BMW M strips, enhancing the sporty interior ambience. There's also the BMW M Performance Alcantara Steering wheel and the BMW M Performance Alcantara Gear Selector trim and surround.
Like the exteriors, the “30 Jahre M3 1/30” wording can be found on the carbon fibre interior trim of the instrument panel and also on the stitching of the front headrests, indicating the exclusiveness of the BMW 30 Jahre M3. The M3 30 features a full leather Merino trim in Black/Fjord Blue shade with matching seams that adds to the sporty and sophisticated character of the anniversary model.
As for the features, the model comes equipped with harman/kardon surround-sound system with a total of 16 speakers. There's also other standard features such as Adaptive LED Headlights, BMW M Carbon Ceramic braking system, BMW M Head-up display, BMW M Double-Clutch Transmission, Comfort Access, Surround View, Comfort Access, Advanced Parking Pack, Extended Storage and a Speed Limit Display.
Sadly, the exclusive model will never make its way to the Indian shores.